3 Skypephone S2 hits the UK market

3SkypephoneS2box-thumb The 3 Skypephone S2 – the second-generation Skypephone from mobile operator 3 – is about to go on sale in the UK.

From today, you can pre-order one from 3’s website or at a local 3 store. Phones ordered this way will be available in the UK on August 25 with general sale from August 27.

Thanks to 3mobilebuzz, I have an advance example to take a look at.

I’ve unpacked the box – that’s it above: click the image for a bigger view – and have the phone plugged in to charge.

I’m looking forward to playing with this phone. When I first saw one last month, I thought that I probably wouldn’t get one as I can run Skype Mobile on my Nokia N95 8GB. Would I change my mind?

Well, I’m keeping an open view until I do check out the 3 Skypephone S2. I’m especially interested in one potential use: unlike the first-generation Skypephone, this one has HSDPA support, and I wonder how feasible using it as the equivalent of a mobile broadband dongle will be.

Other points I want to check are how will the second-generation Skypephone address some or all of the wishlist items I posted for the original Skypephone. And I guess most important of all – has 3’s 3G network footprint above my house improved?

I’ll be posting some thoughts about the phone on Next, my tech blog. I need to do that during this week as 3mobilebuzz want the phone back in a few days.

[Aug 19] I took a series of photos of the phone and the packaging, all now uploaded to Flickr, tagged ‘3SkypephoneS2.’

[Aug 27] I’ve posted a video review.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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