Skype to release branded mobile phone

Skype is a great service, there's no doubt about that. However, the biggest drawback is that it's not really a very portable service, meaning that for the most part you'll be using it from home. That will all change later this month when Skype launches their own branded mobile handset.

Skype is working in conjunction with 3 Mobile to release a handset that will have Skype's famous service for making long-distance and international calls. The phone will also feature 3G internet service (I'd imagine you'd have to have 3G) for web browsing. You'll still have to pay a regular monthly service fee for the phone.

There has to be a big downside, right? You betcha! It is only currently slated for release in the UK, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia. There is currently no plan for a US release.

Skype launching branded mobile phone [via crunchgear]