Skype only coming to Slims
Following my Skype speculation, a few more details have been provided by GameSpot. We had a few members wondering whether this Skype functionality would come to both handhelds, or just the newer PSP Slim (PSP-2000) model. For reasons not yet known, the Skype software will only be available for download to PSP Slim units. These PSPs will then be able to communicate with any other Skype-enabled PSPs, as well as PCs. A specific microphone will be required for Skype communication (likely the mentioned USB-headset). No mention of video chat at this time.
GameSpot is also reporting an additional feature, where PSP owners can sign up for a dedicated phone number, for about 2,250 yen (~$20). This deal may be exclusive to Japan. That’s all we know at the current time, but expect an update (if not release) within the month. It won’t be long before you’re “Skyping” with fellow PSP owners!
Update: This phone number add-on seems to be SkypeIn, which is available for multiple countries. If this is the case, any PSP user could obtain a personal number, not just local to Japan. This phone number can be called from a regular (non-Skype) phone, and answered by your PSP.