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      19.03.2011 00:57
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      a no frills phone for those that want the basics

      I got this phone over last summer, after my previous phone (a nokia)) sopped working due to be dropped one too many times!!!

      As you are aware, the market is awash with fancy mobiles, touch screen phones that have endless functions and abilities, act as a sat nav, play top game, you name it. Well if that's the kind of phone you're looking for this phone is not for you.

      Those that like a phone simply to make and receive calls, text and maybe read the news then this is perfect. I have never had any problems with the phone. Reliable charges well and to be honest to far has run soother than my other previous phones (all nokia).

      It's also the ideal choice for those on a budget. As a final word, I would say don't let the realisably unknown nature of this brand put you off. I was a little sceptical before I made my purchase as I'd never heard of the brand, but in all honesty I haven't looked back. Even my tech-savvy husband was impressed, and he
      is the kind off guy who has at least two phones at any one time - all the lastest ones of course!

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        12.09.2010 22:55
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        You get what you pay for - a reasonable BASIC phone. Don't be fooled by the marketing.

        I got this phone about a year ago because I was going to university and couldn't afford a contract with lots of free minutes so thought that this phone would be perfect since I could use it to call friends and family over Skype and keep in contact using MSN messenger.
        I later found that this is the only benefit of this phone, if you can even call that a benefit since the novelty of using Skype soon wore off and I ended up having to be called by other people rather than make calls myself.

        The design of the phone itself is pretty good. The screen doesn't collect dust like most cheap phones and it has a nice, self-satisfying 'slide' to reveal the keyboard. At least mine did until I dropped it, and the 'slide' quickly turned into a 'grind'/'crunch'. It still works though - credit where it's due. Using the phone is easy enough, but someone in the design room made a schoolboy error when they thought it would be appropriate to put the 'delete' or (c) key directly next to the 'end call'/'power off'/'exit' key. It's not even a seperate key, it's like one large key and you have to guess where one key ends and the other begins - it's a highly frustrating game. So when trying to quickly type something like a text, a Skype chat, an MSN message etc, one typo can easily result in the whole text being lost because you hit the wrong key, or rather the wrong area of the key when trying to delete.

        The phone prides itself on having loads of features and being a 'social networking' phone. It is in fact miles behind most phones. Yes, it has a Facebook app and yes, it has MSN messenger; but these features work to a very basic standard. It also claims to 'put your online world at the heart of your mobile'. The extent of this is that you can merge your phone contacts with your Facebook friends, MSN buddies and skype contacts. But this has absolutely no use because you have to log into these applications to do anything anyway. Its not like you can strike up a Facebook chat straight from your contacts (in fact, you can't do it anyway, the phone doesn't support Facebook chat). Also, it supposedly consolidates the information from your Facebook contacts, but the one important thing to consolidate from people's Facebook info is their phone numbers - and this phone doesn't recognise this information, so you'll end up typing in all the numbers manually anyway. The only benefit of the whole Facebook thing is that it uses people's profile pictures for contacts - that's about the extent of it.

        So the 'Social Mobile' leaves a lot to be desired socially. For a phone that bases itself on this selling point, I'd say most mid-range mobiles with internet would beat it hands down.

        The only main feature left to discuss is the camera. Which is exactly as you'd expect from a phone - crap. It is bad with light, camera shake, movement, focus... just about everything photographically. Unless you are taking a picture of something perfectly lit at the optimum distance and you have your camera resting on a solid object and there is no movement in the frame, the picture will look pretty tacky. In fact, even if all of those things are true of the photo, the 3.2 MP camera still doesn't have a high enough resolution to be worth taking photos on. I'm not saying this camera is any worse than most, its just average, but my point is if a good camera is important to you then you need something much higher end.

        At the end of the day, you get what you pay for - and this phone has about the worth of the £70 it costs. But another thing to consider is that the phone has virtually no internal memory, so you might as well add the cost of a MicroSD card before weighing it up. You could do a lot worse than this phone, but I regretted not paying more for something better - and you probably will too.

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          09.05.2010 22:37
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          A poor phone which I would definitely not recommend

          Had this phone for a few months on a 3 contract, was good value I thought (100 mins, unlimited texts and Internet at £15 a month), unfortunately the phone broke a few months after i took out the contract and 3's poor customer service has led me to believe this phone an absolute write off. For no reason one time the phone just began to reset itself, over and over. So I sent it back for repair, it comes back and within minutes it is doing the same thing again. I sent it back for repair. It comes back and this time works for a few weeks and it happens again, as 3 wouldn't replace it I ended up reverting to an old phone before buying a BB Bold 9000. The phone itself was never spectacular, it was slow, synching contacts with Facebook took far too long and the FB app wasn't great either. It was very lightweight and battery life was good, and using it as a USB modem worked well, but overall the phone simply wasn't up to scratch and it's a good job it was on a dirt cheap contract.

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          15.02.2010 13:11
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          Doesn't have enough quality for a social phone!

          I got this phone with my contract before I just took out the sim and put it into my little grey beauty (Nokia E71). I found it an absolute bargain being free and the different features it advertised had me aching to buy it. But I was disappointed. It claims to be the social phone, with apps for facebook, last fm, msn, skype (with free skye to skype calls) a widget service which I nevergot my head around, an address book which allowed you to put all the connections of one contact into a section on their address book (their msn and facebook). It also takes in memory cards in an inconvenient place behind the battery, bluetooth which I didn't really use, a 3.2 megapixel camera which allows you to upload photos directly to facebook and a USB cable which allows you to use the phone as a modem. Sadly I lost my cable very early on and never used it, therefore I will not comment on that aspect I am sure it would have been a very useful one as I got this phone with a contract that had unlimited internet.

          There were so many things that let me down:
          > MSN wouldn't work, and I found this irritating as I was looking forward to using this, instead I just made a bookmark onto ebuddy.
          > The phone didn't look very expensive, and even using it felt as cheap as it looked, the keys made a very loud sound when I pressed them, it wasn't smooth to use.
          > I had a few freezing problems.
          > It didn't accept any memory cards, even if I had to take out the battery to put one in.
          > There was very little memory on the phone anyway and it filled up very quickly but I am completely unaware what it was, instead I just deleted photos after I uploaded them onto my computer.
          > The battery life was mediocre, it ran out quickly if you used the internet browser a lot.
          > The signal was awful and the clarity of phone calls was average.

          But there were a few good features on the phone that did work:
          > Facebook always worked no matter what.
          > Due to the rubbish memory space I couldn't actually put much music onto this, but the last fm app scrobbled what I listened to.
          > The internet browser was very easy to use.
          > This phone has a dictionary you can only access from skype but you can delete words that you may not want to put on there, this might save some memory.
          > At least this phone is free on contract!

          Overall I do not recommend this phone to anyone.

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          05.02.2010 22:29
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          Cheap but unreliable and annoying

          The INQ1 Mobile phone is made by the mobile phone company 3 and is exclusive to them.

          I got mine around 7 months ago because I needed to slash my mobile phone bill and it was my cheapest option to get the INQ1 on a 12 month contract.

          The phone is very simple looking, small and solid in a brushed steel colour. The phone is a slide handset with good sized keypad which is not fiddly at all and easy to type with.

          The thing that appealed to me most about this phone was that it is supposed be 'the facebook phone'. I am always on facebook and having a phone that helps me use it when I am not at my laptop seemed like a great idea but in reality the facebook application is pretty rubbish and I am not impressed. You are very limited in what you can do on facebook with your phone and it doesn't ever do the facebook updates properly plus it is really, really slow. I have seen many other phones which do a better job with facebook.

          Another thing I use my mobile for all the time is texting and checking my emails. Texting on the phone is very straightforward and the same as most other phones. The email option is not bad either, you can add your email accounts like hotmail, yahoo etc and set your phone to vibrate every time one comes through. On the downside both the SMS and email functions are also very slow and the screen often freezes when I am typing out messages and sometimes for no reason the email functions just stop working and you get a message on screen saying your password is wrong even if it's not, then a day later it will just start working again.

          The memory on the INQ1 is 50MB and does not last long if you are going to be taking pictures or downloading things at all. You will need to get a MicroSD memory card with up to 4GB memory to use with the phone.

          If you are planning on taking lots of pictures and videos with this phone you are going to be disappointed! The camera is near to useless with no flash and limited zoom. I have ever taken any half decent pictures using it, they all come out really dark and blurry.

          Other things I have found to be annoying with the INQ1 phone are that it switches off for no reason whenever it feels like it, if you leave it charging too long and then unplug it the phones battery symbol on the front flashes as if it charging and makes the battery run out even quicker, it is very easy to delete numbers from your contacts list by accident and lastly I cannot for the life of me get the MSN messenger or Skype to work - luckily I wasn't too fussed o using those features anyway I suppose!

          As you have probably gathered from this review I am not impressed with this phone. I do not enjoy using it because of it being so terribly slow and unpredictable and don't bother with it much as a result. I really only use it for the emails and texts now just because I have to. I am so pleased I only got it on a 12 month contract and will be phoning 3 soon to see if they will give me an early upgrade so I don't have to use this silly thing any more!

          It gets a of stars for the design and cheap price!

          If you would like more information on the INQ1 specifications you can look on www.inqmobile.com/inq1/

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            13.01.2010 20:26

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            recommend you to buy it!!

            I bought this phone for myself around 6 months ago and I have to say for how little it cost compared to other mobiles out there it is probably one of the best I have had so far! I seem to fly through mobiles constantly breaking them because they seem so flimsy!! This is one of the cheapest mobiles I have bought and its such a steardy little thing! Not only that but I have been so impressed with its functions! It alerts me when I hae new e-mails and allows me to read these through my phone as though I was reading a text, I can also access the internet and sites such as google, ebay, hotmail, any site I choose for that matter! Through one touch of a button I can access my facebook account or log in to msn messenger and keep in touch with friends and family all over the world that way! The camera is super and I can upload any pictures i have taken to my facebook account as well as email, blue tooth or picture message them! This phone as so many really good features and applications it would take me all day to list them!! so for between £69.99 - £89.99 I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone!!!!

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            01.11.2009 17:57

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            Looks good and good value for an attempt at a smartphone but stay clear due to problems

            I got this phone as an upgrade on my three mobile contract and first thoughts were that it was a well built useful little phone with several useful features. However as time went on I found many problems with this phone, firstly after a while every time I tried to view my messages it would crash so the only way I could read my messages was by sending myself a text. Also when I received the phone i was told new features would be released over time and currently only about 3 have been released and these have been updates. The features on the phone were also a little disappointing, the web browser on the phone is awful so I would advise downloading opera mini instead, the facebook application is very poor as well and the mobile facebook site is better. The email app works well though and the widgets on the home screen were useful although limited.

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            30.10.2009 00:03
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            Good phone with great applications.

            When I first got the INQ I thought it was a great little phone, £15 a month plus an extra £5 for unlimited internet access, BARGAIN. It allowed me to use Facebook, MSN Messenger and many other applications whilst out and about. Once you sign in to Facebook and MSN the phone automatically adds all of your contacts from both to your phonebook, which can make it awkward when wanting to ring someone, but on the other hand is more convienient when it comes to keeping up to date with people. You can merge the contacts which does make it a bit easier. The camera on the phone is very poor quality as it has no flash so alot of pictures are so dark you can barely work out what they are actually of. As fate would have it not long after i got the phone i dropped it. I do this with most new phones i get and usually they just get a bit of scrached paintwork or a chip, but with the INQ i lost the majority of the screen. When lit up the top right hand of the screen was totally white meaning i couldn't read msgs or see any other applications or photos properly. Luckily I only had a 6 month contract and now have a new phone.

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            11.10.2009 22:59
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            designed for teenagers, cheap but poor quality

            Two months ago, my old contract was up and I was looking for a new phone. After several rubbish LG phones which packed in after less than 12 months each, I was determined to have more luck this time and find a phone that looked good, offered great functionality and was built to last. I scoured the internet for reviews and deals and came across the INQ1 phone which had been voted Mobile of the Year. I thought with that kind of accolade I couldn't go wrong and at £15 a month for unlimited texts and internet it looked like a bargain.
            I was expecting something to rival the I-phone (okay, I know at that price I couldn't expect apple technology) but I was sorely disapointed. Looks wise, the phone is cheap looking and plasticy - it looks very dated. With regards to functionality, it does offer a lot. The way facebook links into your contacts is a big plus and the fact you can use skype and MSN free of charge is a real benefit. I do like the way texts, emails, messages, fb mail, pokes and requests all get stored in the message inbox. However, all of these features only work when you are in an area that has good 3 reception and given that I live in london and struggle to get a decent reception, I don't hold out much hope for anybody to be getting the most out of these features.
            With regards to longevity, I have had this phone for two months and I have already dropped it on the floor and the camera cracked. As others have commented it often crashes as well so I don't hold out much hope for it lasting the 18 month contract.
            I would say this phone is ideal for 13-16 year olds who would appreciate the functionality over the quality and think it would be best bought on PAYG rather than contract so it can be easily replace if it goes wrong.

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            02.09.2009 22:31

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            its an ok phone

            Ok so this phone has great advantages and disadvantages, first of all it has good applications. facebook is very good on here although it does have the odd moment of freezing. msn is very good on this phone and i have had no problem with it at all. battery life is ok.. not great but not bad i would say average. if i could upgrade my phone now i would as its not the best phone i have ever had.. photos are slow to view and the camera isn't that good either. now again it does freeze an turn its self on and off.. i did think this phone would be better than it is, but it will do until i can upgrade. if it lasts that long. screen is big and bold so easy to see everything and the slide type id what i like best. i would give this a 4 out of 10.

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            06.08.2009 21:59
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            Wouldn't recommend this to anyone

            I have had this phone for the last 8 months and it has just started to go wrong. Unfortunately I am not allowed to upgrade for at least another year and I doubt it will last that long. I know two other people who had this phone and again, it went wrong within months. This includes freezing whilst writing messages, to no battery life, to just turning itself off for no reason!

            It is advertised as the Facebook phone because you can synch all your phone contacts with your facebook ones. This means that you can see their status updates and profile pictures as you scroll through your phone contacts. It also delivers Facebook messages to your phone inbox as well as pokes and friend requests. All this sounds very good, but what they don't tell you is that you have to have Facebook logged on constantly. Depending on what contract you are on, this could end up costing a fortune. However, you can pay £5 a month for unlimited internet access.

            The other features include Skype calls, which I don't use, and you can access emails from the phone as well. I logged onto my emails the first day I got it, the next day it would no longer accept my password, even though I had not changed it, and I have not been able to log on again since.

            So it is really now just a basic phone. I do use it to check facebook, but I have since seen other phones which makes using facebook on your mobile so much easier. The ring tones are nothing to write home about and am quite embarressed if my phone rings out loud at the moment. You can no longer use 3 tunes as ringtones, instead you have to pay about £3 in order to down load a ringtone.

            I would not reccommend this phone at all, unless all you want is a phone that can make calls and send texts. Though try and opt for a shorter contract in case yours goes wrong as well

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              29.06.2009 23:50
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              Stylish and does the basics plus a few snazzy extras but lacking in some areas.

              OK, so I've just been reading some of the reviews for this phone and I have to warn you this is going to be more of a basic layperson opinion on how I've found it so far rather than an in depth technical rundown!

              I got this phone about 6 months ago to replace.....wait for it... a nokia 3210 (pretty vintage I know). That gives you an idea of the technical expertise I was approaching the INQ1 with. I was looking for a phone where the keypad's covered when it's in my bag and the slider on this model seems pretty sturdy so far and although the phone's compact, the buttons are still large enough to be useable. I've found the internet quite easy to use but mainly for basic things like checking email. To be honest if you want more than that then you're probably going to be disappointed with anything less than an iphone (which will be lovely as soon as they get cheaper!). Having said that, I have watched stuff on youtube on it before now. Battery life is good, it'll last about a week depending on how much you use the web etc. I have to admit, I haven't used the facebook or skype gimmicks much but having them built in (so you receive facebook messages like you receive texts for example) is clearly really handy if you keep in contact with people that way.

              On the downside, it can be a bit on the slow side loading up when you turn it on though if like me you rarely turn yours off that won't be an issue. Like I say the internet's not brilliant but it depends what you want it for. Also, the sound quality isn't great even for voice calls. The worst feature however is probably the camera. If you think you'll use phone camera a lot (or at all) this is probably not the phone for you as all pictures seem to come out dark and blurry (maybe for the best in many cases!).

              The main reason I bought this phone though was for the contract deal which I've just checked and seems to be still running. For £15 a month I get only 75 mins but unlimited texts, unlimited 3 to 3 minutes, unlimited internet and unlimited skype. If you don't make too many voice calls this is an awesome deal. Before I got it a few people warned me against 3 and said it had rubbish signal but I've had no problems including in some quite rural areas and I know other people who say they've had no problems either and that it was maybe just when it was a new network. I guess the best thing is to find some people on 3 near you and ask them. By the way, when I got mine, if you gave the number of someone else on 3 when you buy the phone you both get £30 credit so that's your first 2 months sorted.

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              16.06.2009 17:34

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              It might seem tempting, but just don't. Really don't. Buy a Sony Ericsson.

              Oh deary me. I got this phone free when I renewed my contract on Three, and it only lasted me a week.

              Not because it went wrong, but because I couldn't stand using the damn thing. So I sold it on eBay.

              Let's firstly look at the positives of the INQ. It's cheap. It's quite small. It's fairly well made. You can charge it via USB.

              That concludes the list of positives.

              Really it's just not a very well produced phone. The concept is good - Facebook and Skype integrated seemlessly into a phone. Unfortunately the concept and the final result are two very different things.

              Let's start with the obvious things. The OS (menus etc) are pretty lethargic. It takes an age for it to switch on properlly, for example. The web browser (depsite 3's claims that the INQ is great for the internet) is atrocious. It's the most perplxing thing in the world to use, and is horribly slow to navigate up and down the pages. The camera is dreadful - it's the same resolution as the one on my K800i, and yet manages to be 300 times worse. I couldn't take a single picture (inside or out) that wasn't blurred beyond recognition. And what on earth were 3 thinking not sticking a front-facing camera on?! What's the point in a video call if you can't see who's calling you? My laptop wouldn't recognise its bluetooth capabilities either, while it's fine with my Sony Ericsson. And through the period I had it, the reception was very flaky. I missed countless calls and texts because it couldn't pick up any signal in areas that I could with my SE.

              Don't bother trying it in the 3 store either - I tried it for about 15 minutes and thought it was fine. It's when you get into using it day-to-day that it all starts to go wrong. Just don't. Please. Go for a cheap Sony Ericsson phone - the G502 or the K660i, they're much better to use.

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              03.06.2009 14:00

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              Integrated apps work well but it will age quickly.

              Here is the new phone from 3, the INQ1, the handset which claims to bring seamless integration of online and social networking features to your phone.

              First glance reveals a quite nice small form factor slide phone with a nice brushed steel effect. It feels sturdy in the hand and the keypad is nice and responsive. I think personally that this is a nice phone aesthetically but have heard other who beleive it to look rather cheap.

              Spec wise, it's quite a good phone in the budget range. Although it lacks wi-fi web browsing is dealt with by HSDPA and GPRS. It has its own email client and packs a 3.2 megapixel camera. Connectivity gives you bluetooth and USB and the 2.2 inch screen displays a resolution of 262k. The average talk time seems to be between 4 and 5 hours but is dependent on your use of other features such as web browsing.

              This phone is an exclusive to the 3 network and makes good use of the network. Phone contacts are fully integrated with applications such as Facebook and Skype meaning you have direct access through one location on your home screen. Whats really good about the software is that the applications haven't been bolted on. It's clearly obvious that 3 developed the phone around the applications and that they have not just been included as an after thought. Unless you are prepared to go for a high end smartphone the INQ1 provides the only cheap way of having all your online content available from your home screen. It's a big selling point.

              The camera is mounted at the rear and at 3.2Mp is capable of taking some good pictures. Unfortunately, the operative words are 'capable' and 'some'. There is no flash of any kind and in less than perfect conditions you wil struggle to get a quality image if you wish to upload it anywhere other than on the small screen of the phone itself. The exclusion of a front facing camera for video calls is frankly bizarre on a phone that bills itself as such an online whizz, and this from the network that really innovated 3G services.

              In summary it is fair to say that what you get for your money is a very good phone indeed. It is perhaps the little touches that are missing which may end up disappointing some users. Kids should love it, the Facebook app and the free Skype VoIP calls are top drawer features. Business users won't get the same level of functionality and efficacy of say the Blackberry or the Palm Treo. General users who are used to spoiling yourself with expensive toys need to look elsewhere.

              So, is it good or is it just ok? Well it's brilliant. But I won't be getting one. I'm too addicted to the bells and whistles of the flash phones. Like I said it's a brilliant phone, it is rather just a matter of what you are used to.


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              After lengthy use of this phone it still maintains its position as a superior networking handset being especially appealing to kids due in part to the low price. Facebook and Skype integration are very useful though with the latter you actually need to know someone who uses this client to be of benefit.

              Critically, the low quality camera has proved itself to be too poor to be of any use in real terms. This has a major hit on its aspirational value as once again its main selling point of being a networker becomes diminished. The images are of very poor quality and not really worth uploading to websites such as Facebook and Flickr.

              Inexcusably, the updated version sees the inclusion of a camera which drops the resolution to just 2.0Mp. What potentially was an excellent phone has proved in time to be just ordinary and shamefully its successor is obsolete. In light of recent releases this handset is only really worth a look if you want some level of functionality for little money. As such, I would downgrade this phone to 3 stars.

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              v good just download patches

              I have seen the other reviews and they are outdated. Due to the nature of these advanced phone there have been firmware upgrades which have vastly increased the usability of these phones. I have the new firmware and the phone works perfectly. I usually use Windows live messenger and its just like on the PC. I can easily chat to my various contacts and participate in multi user conversations. You can use your own picture as display picture on messenger. you can have multiple conversations active at one time. it is real time on messenger and skype. You don't need to be logged in to get your Instant messages on the INQ1, whenever you receive a new message, there will be a notification on the handset. That is very useful. Having skype means free calls worldwide therefore you dont even have to topup although this is unlikely as many people do not have skype.

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