I noticed that most of the reviews for this phone are over a year old so thought I would write my thoughts on this phone. I received a free 3 sim card in the post and since my previous mobile had broken my nephew kindly gave me an 'old' 3 mobile phone that he had. This was it, a 3 Skypephone. It's very easy to use and as another reviewer has said, it is quite Nokia in design but. Yes it's a basic phone, with a 3mp camera but it does the job and calls are always clear.
Only problem is that even over a year later the 3 network signal is still not as strong as it's competitors. I lose my 3g signal on a regular basis, but this is not a fault with the phone. The skype facility on this phone is great. It means that if friends or family have skype on their pc then they do not need to spend money calling me from their landlines. Skype calls have always been pretty clear and I found it very easy to set up a Skype user account on the phone.
One thing I am finding hard to understand from the previous reviews is - where is the BIG Skype button that everybody is on about. Yes this phone has a large button that doesn't take you to the menu facility on the phone. There is a scrolling list of icons along the bottom of the screen that can you can personalise, YES it opens on Skype, but now you can also access Facebook, Twitter, Messenger and Google from this menu. It is basically a speed function to make it easier to access functions of the phone.
3 have also recently changed their pricing on pay as you go mobiles. They now have freebies depending on how much you top up by. The new plan is called 3Pay and is a cheap and cheerful way to top up your phone. They give free texts and free internet usage which goes up depending on the amount you top up by. The great thing now is that if you top up by debit or credit card then you can top up by £5. Free 3 to 3 calls are also there so this makes it great if you know other people on the 3 network. Skype and Messenger are also free even if you have no credit left in your phone.
This is still a great wee phone if you are not looking for a gadget of a phone. It does what it is supposed to but probably would do it even better if it was available on other networks.
THREE SKYPEPHONE S1
The revolutionary product from three has incorporated Skype into its 3g handset - and with a big skype branded button right in the centre of your phone - it looks great!
1.In the Set
256MB MicroSD card
Hands Free Headphones
Looks amazing especially in the white/blue lining. Pink wasnt my style and I was bored of black phones...glad I had the choice there. The phone looks stylish and sleek in its candybar shape. My friends all gasped when they saw it and were super jealous.
Well, its a phone. It comes with 3g support, and the famous skype, as well as windows messenger, and web browser. You can do a lot with that! Also has the usual stuff, calculator, calendar, alarm, etc. Its a basic phone on functionality but the skype factor really blows it out the water... its the first handset to fully incorporate skype! Also includes expandable microSd card slot, music player, bluetooth and a camera (2mpx, but if you want a good picture, you dont use your phone do you?)
4.Value for Money
I got mine on pay as you gofor £50. As long as I top up £10 a month I get 4000 free skype to skype calls a month and 10,000 skype messages too! thats calls AND texts sorted then! Awesome deal.
On contract it is available for 6 months at £18 a month, you get all that above but also 500 minutes or texts, plus 300 3 to 3 minutes!
Great value for money!
Awesome, revolutionary phone, just make sure your mates have one too!!
I bought mine, OH and mum's skype phones over a year ago now at a cost of £50 each with free delivery (purchased on-line) we were all very excited about the massive savings we could achieve by topping up just £10 per month and getting free skype calls to each other.
I very excitedly opened my box and took out my slick and elegant black skype phone. Mum had opted for the white and pink one which was handy as OH chose black and we were constantly getting confused about whose phone was whose...... - inside was a very basic phone but it had the skype call button which made life easier.
In all this phone felt very much like a nokia to me - with the functions, buttons and facilities feeling very 'nokiaish' (look at me making up my own words) - but it is a very poor quality phone! I have had 2 and OH also has had 2 so far, all replaced on warranty due to faults in the design. OH's decided it would crash every time we switched it on and never went past the start-up screen.
In general using the phone is pretty easy but setting up my skype contacts was a bit complicated at first. Definitely one where reading the instructions first would have helped! - call charges off skype are high and texts are just plain extortionate. The best feature is web which can be bought as a kind of add-on for £5 for an entire month. Checking credit is also easy with a 'my3' area on the main menu of the phone.
Calls via skype are weird. You hear no background noise and there is a small delay which you expect if your voice is travelling to satellites above and beyond before being beamed down to meet your conversational counterpart! The bonus of this is you can call people all over the world for err, yeah FREE!!!
A year on i still have my phone and it has recently been dusted off and being used as my charger on my contract phone has given up the ghost (blinkin sony erricsson's and their poorly made chargers.....) and it suits me fine for the time being. Must get mum to revive hers too - my skype may be about to make a much needed comeback. Anything free in this economic climate is muchly appreciated :)
My better half and I bought one of these each, neither of us expecting a premium phone (for £35, you wouldn't). But we were both extremely pleased! In fact, she bought me the handset, then decided she wanted one too after checking it out!
The skype integration is fantastic. With both text and audio, I hardly pay for calls or texts. Also a great point is that one person can be typing at a PC, or using a microphone on the computer, and the other can be on their mobile - and it's a free call!
The handset feels like quality to me, and the menu systems are pretty familiar. All the basic features you expect, SMS, games, calendars etc. are there - but you can download thousands of java apps for the handset. With a £5-for-a-month 3G internet connection on PAYG, this phone is amazing value both at the point of sale, and during the life of the handset itself.
For the price, you really cannot lose!
This Christmas I managed to excel myself and, for once, my father was actually grateful for the Christmas presents I chose for him and my mother. But whilst he may think my present of a new mobile phone was generous, I had an ulterior motive when I purchased not one, but two Skypephones from 3 and that was to satisfy my frugal streak by enabling me to call my parents for free. So whilst I browsed the internet in search of a new phone, it was the Skype capabilities of this phone that caught my eye and I was sold. The model I have here, and that which is shown in the picture is the S1. Three have bought out an S2 model more recently. The S1 version comes in two colour options, black or white. Having debated how long a white mobile would remain white in my possession, I popped to my local 3 store to check the phones in the flesh and was instantly attracted to the sleek pearlescent exterior of the white option. I was sold, but not there and then of course. Instead I ordered online through the website, ensuring I picked up my £11 cashback through Quidco. Each mobile cost me £39.99 but had the added advantage of £11 cashback as I processed the orders separately and each phone came with £10 credit. Quite a bargain if you ask me.
Setting up the phone was easy although inserting the memory card was a little tricky. The instructions for doing this were poor and I was worried I was going to break the phone but a quick search on Google soon pointed me in the right direction and I was ready to go. After charging it up, my new mobile was ready to go, and despite having never used a 3 mobile phone before, navigating through the menus was a doddle. The phone does come with an extensive instruction book but if you're already familiar with using a mobile phone, even if it's a different make and model, then most of the options should be pretty self-explanatory. The manual was particularly helpful though in setting up my Skype account and the whole process took under 5 minutes.
As far as making calls is concerned, the phone gives you two options. You can use it as you would a normal phone and make calls to any other mobile or landline. The clarity is far clearer than that of my previous mobile and it's a simple process as you would expect from any half decent mobile phone. But the big Skype button in the centre of the phone is where the magic happens. This enables you to use your phone on the Sype network to call other Skype users and the massive advantage of this is that it's entirely free. When you press the Skype button, you'll be presented with a series of contacts, similar to a list of your email contacts. Select the person you want to call and then the marvelous technology means you can call anywhere in the world for free. Since my parents like to tell me in minute detail what they have eaten each day and what post they have received and other equally mundane details, I figure both of the phones have already paid for themselves in the money I have saved in making phone calls. Unfortunately, using the Skype feature is not without its downsides. The sound quality is reduced on Skype and there tends to be a slight echo to the call, although this isn't significant enough to be off putting. There is also a time delay of a couple of seconds which I noticed when testing out both the mobiles in my flat at the same time. On the whole though, I think these little bugbears are tolerable if they mean I can save money on my phone bill.
As part of the 3 network, the Skypephone also comes equipped with internet access. You can use elements of this service for free included accessing the weather and recent news stories, enabling you to watch news reports as a video. Since the screen isn't huge, it isn't something I'd choose to watch a programme or film on but it is quite impressive quality for a short news flash. You can also pay to access the full internet although, stingy as I am, I haven't used this feature. I think I spend enough time surfing the net on my laptop as it is. One thing I do notice though is that when accessing the 3 website and other free internet sites, they are presented clearly on the screen and are easy to navigate using the phone. There is also an option to subscribe to certain TV channels using this phone. Again, it isn't something that appeals to me but if you're used to enduring long commutes to work, it may be of interest.
As far as the negatives are concerned, I have noticed a couple. Firstly, although the phone boasts a camera and the ability to record videos, the quality is poor. The 2 megapixels simply isn't a match to my digital camera although I rarely use my phone to take pictures since I'm so used to owning a mobile without a camera. Secondly, the battery life seems rather poor. Since I don't own a landline, I tend to spend quite a lot of time on my mobile and make a receive a few brief calls from friends each day. I also, despite my usual loathing of text messages, have taken up winging a lot via text to friends and the fella. I keep the phone on 24/7 since my friends feel the need to worry about me 24/7 and I also use it for an alarm each morning that does ring for an extortionate length of time. But I'm still more than a tad disappointed to find myself having to recharge the phone on a daily basis. And finally, there is the problem I have sending text messages. At first I blamed myself but having had a couple of months to get used to the phone, I'm afraid I am shifting my blame to the keypad. For some reason, it has a very annoying habit of sending text messages before I've finished entering my text. I suspect this mobile is verging on intelligence as it also seems to pick the most inopportune moments to do so making the most innocent of texts sound like some sort of desperate innuendo due to cutting me off mid sentence.
But whilst I might have the occasional grievance with my Skypephone, I am, on the whole, very impressed. Once you take the cashback and free credit into account, it cost me just under £20 and I've yet to find another mobile in that price range that is as easy to use, attractive and practical. The Skype ability alone makes it worth the money in my opinion so if you have friends or family abroad who you'd like to call via Skype, or if like me you're just too tight to pay to listen to your parents moaning at you, then it's definitely a mobile phone worthy of consideration.
I never thought I would say this about 3 Mobile but they are beginning to get it! They are now on the cutting edge of technology and listening to what customers need and want in their handsets.
This phone offers a lot of new features that when you use them you wonder how you ever lived without them on your phone! The newest and possibly the greatest of all of these features is the ability to use Skype through your handset. Not just that but it is built in and designed specifically to work with the handset making it so easy to use any one could work it.
For those of you who don't know about the Skype feature on this phone it means that you are able to make free calls to anyone else on Skype (either through skype on their mobile or through their computer).
Although the phone now has a newer version out this is still the definitive handset to own for pure ease of use.
Yes! The fist edition Skype phone to Three UK's range.
It was highly promoted via ebay (owners of the Sykpe service) and Three to be one of the most useful phones of 2008 boasting Skpye onboard with direct access, instant messaging, realtime internet calls via your mobile all for free.
This phone now looks almost tacky compared to the new updated models of the Skype phone, which now boast onboard wifi, access to facebook, and other messaging platforms such as Windows Live.
This phone can be purchased for around £30 from Three and even cheaper on Ebay.
The interface is very 'Three esc', giving you little choice to customise yout mobile, making you have their basic launcher button which highlights all the useful sites such as facebook, ebay, three mobile. It this was a truly mobile multimedia playform i think it would be good if three let you customise the launcher feature yourself. almost like a bookmarked section made easy for phones.
It has a 2mp camera, bluetooth and comes new with a 256mb memory card.
This phone is Skype orientated. If Skype is not for you, then i would consider choosing a different phone that Three have to offer.
I purchased this phone from Woolworths (RIP) in June.
I have never really used skype before but my brother is now in Austrailia and it costs 25p a text. I have a 3 contract so to use skype is free. Which is perfect for us.
The phone cost me £39.99 at the time but is now cheaper I have noticed.
It is white with a blue middle. It has the same features as normal phones:
However it has Skype.
I have no complaints about skype. It works. I can chat to my brother instantly. and he can reply. This part of the phone is perfect for me.
However the phone in general I do not lie.
Everything seems to be in the wrong place.
Texts are annoying. It remembers words that you have previsouly used and tries to input them without you even writing them.
The phone just doesn't make sense to me. The camera and video quality is bad, this does not bother me as I use a Camera for this type of thing.
It is good for the price and the skype (the main bit) is very good.
But as a phone I do not rate it.
The 3 Skypephone is one of the first mobile phone to come with Skype already built in. The phone can connect to Skype and you can chat or text to people who have Skype on their computer or their mobile phone. The call quality is quite good too, but not as good as normal call quality. You can access Skype by pressing one button on the phone and either logging in using your details, or you can create an account. To be able to use Skype to the full you had to top up £10 each month, but now this has changed to £10 every three months which i think is worth putting some money on your phone for.
The mobile can play mp3's, video, sms and all the usual things a mobile phone can do. This comes with a 2 megapixel camera with video, which i think is not bad but it's a shame there is no flash. I have bought some java games of a couple of websites that are 3d such as Tiger woods PGA tour. Just keep in mind it only plays java games and not symbian games. There are a few extra buttons such as turning the volume up or down on the side of the phone, which i find really useful. Also there is a button on the right hand side of the phone to change from one application/program to another. This phone is best for people who work in a business or from home and not for those who don't know what Skype is (you can learn what Skype is if you want), or don't have contacts on Skype. But the price may persuade you is it will not be over £40. Perhaps if you talk alot and you want to be in contact with your friends and not have to worry about mobile phones costs, then this would be great as long as you can get your friends to go on Skype either on a mobile or their computer.
There are a few problems but not many with this phone. It is
locked to 3, and i can't find a way to unlock it, but perhaps you will. The casing seems to be made with some sort of thin paint, which can result in it being scraped off easily if your not carefull. There is no flash whereas some phones today have a higher pixel camera and flash, but this phones camera does take some good shots.
Overall the phone is a good looking, stylish and affordable mobile with the added bonus of Skype, but there are better phones out on the market now. The price is great for what it has to offer and if you like Skype, have many friends or are just getting into Skype then this is for you.
This phone in my opinion is really good value for money. I mean dont get me wrong I dont usually like candy bar phones, but this one looks pretty cool plus it has a whole load of cool features like free skype-to-skype calls, windows live messenger, expandable memory, downloadable games, ringtones and wallpapers, bluetooth, internet plus you get the usb lead, software, and hands free kit for under £50. I mean come on! How often can you get all that for under £50? Granted it is on 3 network and people cant always afford the minimum £10 topups, but hey the call rates are better than most networks. For every topup you buy you get free skype calls for about 90 days, 100 free 3 to 3 minuites for a minimum £10 topup, 2.0 mega pixel camera, it is a really simple phone to use and has a good battery life. On the whole though a great phone to get and it pays for itself with skype and windows live messenger alone.
I found that this phone was really not worth the £50 i spent on it. Sure, it is pretty cheap; but it does not match any of its competitors.
It looks very good, however there are several problems with it. Firstly, it is extremely annoying to get used to the fact that the big button in the middle takes you to Skype instead of menu. To add
to this, the screen lacks brightness. The camera is 2.0 Megapixels, but is not that great quality.
I also found the Skype application excruciatingly hard to use, as it requires 3G coverage to function. In addition, the phone would inevitably freeze for about 20 seconds every time a texts was received.
The music player was okay, but the headphones were poor quality and what's more, the Skypephone does not allow you to use your own headphones. So definitely don't see this as a replacement for your iPod...
I also found that it broke very easily. The screen scratched within a week, and within 2 months the back of the phone had fallen off.
I would strongly recommend you avoid this product. It is all filler and no killer - it looks great and has no substance. Get yourself a Nokia for the same price.
Poor quality of it is the first thing I'll mention here. I tried to put my memory card in it and I didn't understand how and the instructions were less than no at all so I broke it. I taught it was my mistake but it wasn't cos I put my cushions on the headphones and they broke while I was putting. I thaught I wasn't careful but I tried second one and it broke too. I had Sony Ericsson w850i and the cushions for those headphones never broke even I never cared putting on and cleaned them too many times.
Little thing but if put together you can see Skypephone in a bin very soon. Coincidence? No way. Then not even first week passed and the battery cover of my black model started coming off cos it was too hot cos they don't know how to make a basic phone. I have MOTOFONE F3 and it was so cheap that I can't think how it's still like new and working compared to a skyphone doesn't deserve a big letter or none at all maybe even forget it and remember just how bad it was back then. I believe they didn't use much if any quality in making it. Then that annoying T9 dictionary is on almost everytime I write something and nowhere it says I can switch it off not even on the net. So I hate to switch from T9 to normal too many times and it's pain in the ass. Three was't very reliable at first maybe never. And it's screwing Skype's name but maybe there isn't such name, it had some problems like three. Same guys doing same thing, I'll be soon out of it if someone smarter than them find a better thing cos you want run for your life, what a joke. One of the worst phones I ever had. It's like that Epic movie so terrible!
Battery cover slides off while plugging charger or just touching it. Skype's voice sound's cheap and text messaging a little slow but working. It's like a new car about which you stop worrying very soon because there is almost nothing worse that can happen it's already so bad.
i bought my 3 skype phone 2 days ago i was very plaesed with it it was very easy to use.it has a good mp3 player and i good quality screen the phone is light and small so it fits in ur pocket very well and the case is very stylish and fashionable the camera is 2meg ok its takes fair pictures with it and ideal for those quick snaps to store on your memory card. the phone come with a 256 memory card to which i have stored my songs on which is good. ive tryed the skype calls out on it for a voip phone the quality is ok but can lose connection not as good as a mobile to mobile call but for a free call its ok for the time i was on there for.but all in all its worrth 49.99 for a basic phone.
The guys from 3mobilebuzz kindly sent me 2 3 Skypephones on loan for a month in order for me to review them. In case you don't know the 3 Skypephone is a mobile telephone which utilises the 3G data transfer the British network 3 offer to allow for VoIP to be used on a mobile phone, providing the user with free Skype-to-Skype calls. Skypephones are also available in several other nations worldwide.
What's in the box?
* MiniUSB charger
* Lots of documentation
* 256MB MicroSD card (depends on nation)
* Phone, of course
* USB lead
The phones allows mobile phone users to phone and receive calls (and messages) from other Skype users free of charge, providing Skype - which is pre-installed on the phone - is being used. So, not only could you phone computers but you could phone other Skypephones or smartphones with Skype installed free of charge (almost!). Naturally, all of this requires a fast internet connection so UMTS is used... sadly as most Brits will know, we have great difficulty in getting a 3G signal anywhere. When no UMTS is available, the phone will switch to GSM (I don't know if Skype works under GSM!)
Skypephones offer good audio quality for Skype calls (better than my laptop's!) and offers conference calling but sadly lack SkypeOut, Skype Video Calling and SkypeIn abilities (to make calls to normal phones, you must pay normal 3 rates).
Connectivity & Internet
As mentioned above, the Skypephone uses a 3G signal (a UMTS one, to be precise). UMTS is one of the slower 3G protocols and the Skypephone does not utilise the faster HSDPA protocol.
The browser offered by the Skypephone is pretty standard but it supports J2ME so you could install Opera Mini if you wanted to.
Also, you can use the Skypephone for media. 3 have quite a good music download store and you can pay 49p to listen to online radio for 24 hours. I might be mistaken, but I think BBC radio is free.
The phone supports Windows Live Messenger which, much like Skype, is free providing you top your phone up.
Unlimited monthly Internet will cost you 50p for one day's access, £2.50 for a week's, £5 for a month or alternatively £1/megabyte.
Skypephones also support Bluetooth and it seems pretty average. I've never been a Bluetooth fan, too many services for my liking, and have always preferred IrDA (infrared)... something which the Skypephone (and indeed my laptop) lacks!
The phone has a mini USB port so the odds are you'll already have a cable to connect it to your PC!
The Skypephone has a 2 megapixel camera. It's reasonable but is no Viewty! it doesn't seem to have many anti-shake features, as you can see below! Also, there's no flash (not even an LED light which claims to be one!).
Below is a photo (scaled down, the link will take you to the full-size image), which you can easily send via MMS, email, Bluetooth or Printer immediately after taking a photo. I sent it via Bluetooth! :P
The Skypephone, unusually for a 3G phone, possesses only 1 camera. Most 3G phones have 2 cameras: a low-res one on the front for video calling and a high-res one on the back for taking photos.
To keep costs down, the Skypephone lacks a front camera which isn't a big loss considering video calling is pretty much unused although it will prove annoying if it ever takes off. The phone does permit 3G video calls using the back camera, and there's a mirror next to this camera so you can see yourself.
The phone's don't look particularly amazing, to be frank. The have a fairly simple design (not a slide/flip up), are available in several colours (white with blue, white with pink and black) and have a distinctive 'Skype' button which confusingly launches Skype but sometimes acts as a select key! The phone isn't tiny either, but it isn't massive, weighing in at around 85g and measuring 100×44x13.6mm!
On the back of the phone, there's 3 and Skype branding.
The phone cost £50 on pay as you go, requiring a £10 monthly top-up for Skype and/or MSN, and the cost on contract will probably be free. 4000 Skype minutes come free with that £10! If you buy two phones, a £10 discount is offered (2 phones cost £100!).
The phone and text facility is average. The phone supports T9, but in no way has any innovation on the phone/text end. Voice call quality seemed good enough but I always find it hard to judge!
Contacts nicely integrates normal numbers and Skype, keeping people together instead of multiple contact entries!
It would be superb if Skypephones were available on other networks because 3 lack some key features, such as top-up cards, and have inferior signal strength but as the company grows I am sure this will too.
Overall, the 3 Skypephone is a great idea and for the cost you simply cannot go wrong! It's probably cheaper than a Skype WiFi phone!