UK mobile phone operator 3 has announced it will be offering the Nokia N97 this month.

In contrast to less VoIP-friendly operators, 3, that offers free Skype-to-Skype calls across most of its range, is making much of the N97's pre-loaded Skype functionality.

3 says; "As with all of 3's Skype-enabled phones, making Skype-to-Skype calls on N97s using this application in the UK won't cost consumers a penny".

The N97 is available for pre-order from 3 today, and will be on sale from 26 June.

The phone will be available on contract from £35 a month, with voicemail and 300 minutes/texts while mobile internet can be added for £5 a month.

3 is also offering the N97 on a PAYG-basis for £319.99 which comes with various bundle offers depending on how much you top up.