Skype launching branded mobile phone

From our big brother TechCrunch comes news that Skype will be releasing a branded mobile phone later this month. The device will be released in partnership with 3 Mobile in Britain, Italy, Hong Kong and Australia, with three more countries to follow by years end. Unfortunately for us patriots here in the USA, we won’t be seeing this mystic Skype phone anytime soon, as there are currently no plans for a US launch.

Rumor is that the handset is being developed by iSkoot and will feature high-speed web browsing, a 3G network and buddy lists. There’s no word yet on cost or availability, so be sure to keep a close eye on this story if you’re looking to get some calls on the cheap and across the pond.

Skype To Launch Own Mobile Phone [TechCrunch]