Skype is technically free - if you are using it for Skype to Skype phone calls. But, using Skype to call a friend or relative on other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee.
This could start a trend or it may not but mobile operator 3 UK will allow users to enjoy unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and messages without ever having to pay, as long as they have a compatible handset and a SIM card from the operator.
This promo is in two stages. First, starting May 1st, there will be no more data charges or top-up fees for either contract or pay-as-you-go customers who use Skype on 3’s U.K. network and one of its phones. Second, the offer will expand to anyone with a compatible unlocked 3G handset in the U.K.
3 UK offers a range of Skype compatible phones, including models from Samsung, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and LG. Skype is nothing new to 3 UK. It already offers mobile phones that come with tight Skype integration, and subscribers use 1.5 million minutes of Skype calls every day.
Not all operators are as fond of Skype as 3 UK. Recently, T-Mobile in Germany made headlines when it said it would block the use of Skype on the iPhone.