A spokesperson for the London-based company, known simply as 3, said it and a "leading Internet communications company are working together to produce an exciting new product to make free Internet calls completely mobile." The unnamed company is.
3 is not releasing further details on the product.
According to some reports, 3 and Skype will team with an Asian manufacturer to produce a low-cost mobile device that will work with the service.
3 has offered cell phones loaded with Skype for some time, as part of its X-Series offering: a bundle of Web content and services accessible via mobile devices for a flat fee.
While 3 has embraced Skype, other mobile companies have sought to stymie mobile VoIP, fearing it may diminish their regular wireless-calling revenues. U.K. VoIP provider Truphone, for example, earlier this year accused local operators--including Vodafone Group--of blocking access to its service.
Nokia, the world's largest handset maker, has nonetheless , albeit in a slightly different incarnation. The Finnish company has produced a number of mobile phones capable of making.
Operators around the world, including BT Group in the U.K.
3 has previously been skeptical of FMC. The operator's strategy director, Bruno Duarte, said last year: "Whether we need, we're not sure...Yes, some people will want it, but we believe it's going to be fairly limited."
Jo Best of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.