3's Bad Timing
A 3 spokesman said: "The move... will mobilize Internet calls for a mass market." I see, so all of 3's "Vicky Pollards" can talk for free!
But am I the only one who thinks it's really not a good time to boast about a deal with Skype? eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) just admitted that it paid too much for the free VOIP pioneer in 2005, Skype's talismanic CEO Nikki Z is no longer at the helm, and the Skype service recently suffered a significant outage. (See EBay: Too Much Hype in Skype, Skype Has New CEO, and Software Bug Stings Skype.)
Not a great triple whammy.
I suspect most U.K. consumers with any serious disposable income will pass by this mobile Internet calling device this Christmas and head for the nearest outlet selling the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone that's due to hit the British streets next month. (See Jobs Leads iPhone Into UK.)
— Michelle Donegan, Funky Devices Editor, Unstrung