3, the mobile operator, and Skype, the internet communications company, have launched the Skypephone, a new handset that lets you make free Skype calls and instant messages from your mobile phone. It’s the first time an operator has offered a mass-market device which is tailor-made for free calling over the internet from a mobile.
During the press launch in London on October 29, Neville Hobson spoke with John Penberthy-Smith, Marketing Director at Hutchison 3G UK Ltd., the operator of the 3 network, about 3’s marketing and communication plans for the Skypephone focused on experiential marketing and word of mouth.
About our Conversation Partner
John Penberthy-Smith joined 3 UK in October 2006 as Director of Customer Marketing and in January 2007 he was appointed Marketing Director. As Marketing Director he is responsible for all marketing at 3 including products, customer propositions, channel and base marketing. He is also responsible for marketing the X-Series, 3’s flat-rate mobile broadband offer launched in the UK in December 2006.
Prior to joining 3, Penberthy-Smith was at Vodafone where he held a number of positions including Head of Global Voice Propositions for Vodafone Group and Director of Consumer Marketing for Vodafone UK.
Penberthy Smith, 39, is married with two children.
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