3 to offer Skype for free

Skypeing from your mobile is about to get a whole lot nicer from May, with 3 announcing it will be taking the costs on the chin for your chatting time

Skypeing from your mobile is about to get a whole lot nicer from May, with 3 announcing it will be taking the costs on the chin for your chatting time.

Starting from 1 May, data charges and top-up fees will be dropped for both contract and pay-as-you-go customers using Skype on 3's UK network. This means anyone with a 3 SIM card and 3 Skype-enabled handset will be able to take advantage of unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and instant messages completely gratis.

Even better, this offer is going to be stretched out during the summer to non-3 phones. Anyone with a compatible unlocked 3G handset will be able to buy a pay as you go SIM and enjoy the same benefits, without even ever having to fork out for a top-up. Who says you never get anything for nothing?

Skype has been on a mobile push in recent months, with a new app for the iPhone released just a few weeks ago and one for Blackberry owners winging its way to us in May. Be sure to let us know if you'll be taking 3 up on its Skype for nada offer below.