Skype on 3 'saves customers money'
11 February 2010 — 11:49 AM
Mobile operator 3 has revealed that minister for digital Britain Stephen Timms has made the billionth minute of Skype calls on the network.
The minister used the free internet calling service to speak with the chief executive officer of medical aid charity Merlin to discuss the organisation's work in Haiti.
Consumers could wish to consider selling an old mobile phone in order to receive cash towards a new handset with access to Skype.
The network reports that it has already saved UK customers more than £120 million in call costs and allowed people to make three million minutes of free Skype calls every day on their 3 mobile phones.
Kevin Russell, 3's chief executive, said: "3 UK's network was purpose-built to bring the benefits of the internet to mobile users. With Skype on 3 users now making more than three million minutes a day of calls, we have taken this service mainstream."
He added that the operator is building the UK's "biggest and best" network for mobile data through an ongoing expansion programme and that it anticipates that Skype on 3 will continue to grow.
Users of 3 phones were recently informed they can Tweet for free throughout February and March.
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