3 UK has launched a free SIM that lets users make Skype to Skype calls and send instant messages for free from compatible mobile phones to other people on Skype. From a compatible, unlocked 3G handset, anyone can use Skype via the 3 SIM, whether or not the phone is from 3, without ever having to pay a penny.
To get started, users need to visit 3 UKs website, check their handset is compaitible, unlock the device and apply for two free SIMs, one for that user and one to be given to a friend.
“Earlier this year in a world first we opened up our network and enabled our customers to access Skype,” said David Kerrigan, head of internet services at 3 UK. “Expanding this offer, our SIM launch makes it possible for anyone with a 3G handset to take advantage of free Skype calls without conditions or restrictions. It’s simple; if you want to talk on mobile for free, just pop in a free 3 SIM and give it a go.”
Added Russ Shaw, general manager EMEA at Skype: “The expansion of our relationship with 3 indicates another leap forward in providing people across the UK with free internet calling on their mobiles. The demand for mobile access from people who use Skype has never been higher and Skype, in partnership with 3, is committed to developing new ways to provide people with an enhanced experience.”
Currently, 3 UK’s growing Skype community of 355,000 users enjoys 58.9 minutes each of free Skype to Skype calls every day.