Thursday, November 22, 2007

SkypePhone, but no Skype?

Well I was right to think that there wouldn't be any Three signal out in the sticks for my new SkypePhone to pick up...


However I'm now back in the big smoke, or at least as smoky as it gets in Devon, the little smoke perhaps? I've got a couple of bars of Three signal and I'm on their 3G network. Just done some tests, and text messages go out fine. But no Skype, it just hangs on "Signing in" and doesn't connect. I wonder if my wife will have any better luck with her handset? She's going to be creating a Skype account rather attempting to log in to her existing account...

Update: After pointlessly playing around with the packet data settings for a bit I turned the phone off and then back on again. Magically both Skype, and all the phone's packet data functions which hadn't been working either, started to work...

The question is whether there is some generic problem here, or whether this is just because I turned the phone on for the first time while it was out of signal? Although I can't really see why that should make a difference?

Which reminds me, the main problem I had with this phone so far is that I had absolutely no idea how to turn it on. I'm way too used to Nokias with the power buttons on the top or the side. The on/off switch for the SkypePhone is buried on the keypad. How quaint!