Mobile operator 3 boosts broadband offeringNew service follows tie-up with Internet giants

16 November 2006

The keypad on a mobile phone.

Phone company 3 is to launch a new service which it says will enable its mobiles to ‘unleash the true power of broadband internet’.

It has teamed up with online giants Skype, Google, Microsoft, eBay, and Yahoo! to launch the new X-Series service.

The company said that X-Series will make broadband access by mobile phone more like using the internet from a computer.

Customers will be charged a fixed monthly fee similar to home broadband deals.

Fixed fee

By going online via their phones, users will be able to make free calls using the Skype voice over IP service.

A deal between 3 and Sling Media will also give customers access to their home televisions via their mobile phones.

And users will get remote access to their home PCs as part of the X-Series package.

The service goes live in the UK on 1 December. It will be followed by the national roll-out of new technology to speed up broadband access using 3 phones.

Mobile broadband

Canning Fok, Group MD of 3's parent company Hutchison Whampoa, said: ‘This is the internet as it was meant to be and what people have been waiting for.

‘Mobile broadband is the natural next step for mobile services, extending the full power of the internet to mobile handsets.’

The service is accessible via new 3 handsets. Details of monthly phone charges have not yet been released.