3 unveils second Skypephone


3 has launched its second Skypephone, the S2 (pictured), with a new user interface to enable easy movement between internet applications. It can also be used as a mobile broadband dongle.

3 head of product and service marketing Charlotte Blanchard said: "The principle is to make this device do one thing [internet browsing] really well and reduce the fear factor of some internet services. We wanted to take as much hard work out of the internet on phones as possible."

The user interface includes a ‘switcher’ key to flip between applications in a ‘carousel’ style.

3 claims this takes out the need for fiddly menus and makes the internet easier to use.

The handset includes applications to help run internet services such as Facebook, Google and Windows Live Messenger from the front of the phone, as well as the ability to use the device as a mobile broadband dongle.

Blanchard added: "Being able to use the phone as a dongle is the first step in bringing mobile broadband and phone services together."