Skype Now Available on PSP-2000 with New Firmware Upgrade
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced the launch of
Skype™ on PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, enabling PSP-2000
owners to make free calls over the Internet to anyone using Skype anywhere in
the world, as well as call and receive calls from any landline or mobile phone
for a small fee. This new functionality – available through a free system
software upgrade (ver. 3.90) released today – connects the PSP-2000 user
base with the more than 276 million registered Skype users around the world.
The new slimmer and lighter PSP system can now be used as a social
communications device, whether you want to call a buddy before playing SOCOM
together or just want to stay connected with your friends and family when
you’re on the go. The addition of Skype expands PSP’s broad set of
entertainment capabilities and demonstrates how SCEA continues to add
innovative services that benefit PSP owners.
How it works
· Download and install the 3.90 firmware upgrade to the PSP-2000
· Connect the PSP system to the Internet at a Wi-Fi hotspot*.
· Attach a PSP Headset ($19.99 MSRP) and the Remote Control from
the PSP-2000 Headphones ($29.99), and insert a Memory Stick Duo to save the
· Access the Skype/Sign In icon within the Network category of
the XMB menu. First-time Skype users need to create a free account, while
existing Skype users can simply enter their username/password.
· To make a call, either access the Contacts icon and click on a
name or scroll to the Dial icon.
Communicating with non-Skype numbers
While calling other Skype users is free, PSP owners can also purchase Skype
Credit to make SkypeOut™ calls to landline and mobile phone numbers
around the world. Skype Credit can be bought online at http://skype.com,
accessible on your PSP system or a computer.
There are two ways to pay for SkypeOut:
· Pay As You Go: Place a pre-paid amount of Skype Credit in your
account and then refill it as you need it. It’s just 2.1 cents per minute
to Skype’s 30 most popular destinations around the world.
· Pay Monthly: Sign up for the Skype Pro™ premium
subscription for just $3.00/month. This gives you free calling to landlines and
mobile phones within the U.S. and Canada (with no connection fee**); a
discounted rate for a personal online number (SkypeIn™) to receive calls;
voicemail; and other features, such as the ability to pay nothing per minute
for local calls when travelling to 29 other countries (connection fee**
You can also purchase a personal online number so you can receive calls
wherever you are in the world with a subscription to SkypeIn for $60.00/year or
$18.00/three months (save $36 on this feature with a Skype Pro subscription).
When using Skype, PSP owners can also view and modify their Skype settings and
account details (including username creation, SkypeOut settings, voicemail
settings and call forwarding), manage their contact list, and see which friends
are online and available to talk.
Further details and instructions on how to update the PSP system software are
available at http://www.us.playstation.com/PSP/About/SystemUpdate.
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