Sounds to me like 3 may have hooked up with orb.com (see post below, oh and here's the confirmation)... given that their new package appears to include the ability to access your home pc from your mobile.
The BBC reports that you'll also be able to make free internet calls from 3 mobiles (via a deal with Skype).
You'll be charged a flat-rate monthly fee (can't find anywhere saying how much!)
And here's the full 3 promo for the X-series:
And me? I've just done another deal with 02 for 12 months - a company which had to have its arm twisted to let me have a 3G phone for less than £140 and which has a set data price!
Anyway, 3 looks the way ahead. Interesting that they describe themselves, not as a mobile network service provider or operator, but as a mobile media company.
Perhaps those who couldn't quite believe the predictions that mobile web would outstrip fixed web within two years can start to see the sense now? (See previous post).
Right of this minute, I think this is the single most significant digital development I've heard of since I started this blog.
The implications include:
a) the massive potential acceleration of mobile internet
b) A solution to the mobile memory problem (see post on orb.com, below)
c) A solution to potentially off-putting run-away data charges (though it remains to be seen how much 3's set price is
d) An answer to the 'problem' (for network providers) of free internet calls and access which would inevitably be made through wifi connected mobiles accessing the internet.
And of course (a) takes us rapidly to Tomi T Ahonen's conclusions about how websites will inevitably be designed for mobile as their primary access point within two years. Two years? Perhaps he'll have a recount.