3 boasts stellar line up


3 has unveiled a new product line up for Q3 and 4, including a new Skypephone, laptop bundles, the BlackBerry Bold, Nokia N96, Samsung Tocco and Sony Ericsson Experia.

3’s new Skypephone, titled S2, will be on sale from August 18 as a follow up to the original handset, which sold 100,000 units last year.

The new version features a 3.2 megapixel camera, and integration of Skype contacts into the handset’s phone book. It also has built-in software to enable the handset to be used as a USB modem when plugged into a computer. It will be free on selected contracts and £70 on prepay.

The Bold is the first 3G BlackBerry and is poised to boost 3’s revamped business offerings announced last month. Available in November, the device is also being used to help push 3’s consumer mobile internet offerings, such as £2.50 per month for prepay customers’ use of web email and 10MB of data, and £5 per month contract unlimited data bolt on. 3 said it had installed new ‘transcoding’ software to automatically make all websites mobile compatible.

The network has also moved into the laptop scene by bundling the HP 130 mini-notebook, USB modem and 5GB of data a month for £30. For an extra £5, customers can get a HP 2133 and 150 text messages. For still £5 more and £49.99 upfront, customers get a HP dv6910 Pavilion with 250 texts.

Pricing and availability of the Samsung Tocco and Nokia N96 are to be confirmed.