, the global Internet communications company, announced the results of its Talk for Britain survey. According to the research, almost three quarters of respondents admitted talking to friends and family while on the toilet and 17 percent have actually fallen asleep while chatting on the phone to someone else.
The survey also revealed a number of other results suggesting that Britain is a nation of obssessive natterers. Even a small percentage of respondents admitted to talking on the phone while driving a tank!
Alistair Shrimpton, Skype’s Market Development Manager for the UK, says “The bathroom seems to be a popular place for Britain to do most of its talking. And that goes for both men and women! People love talking on the phone as well as guessing which celebrities are the biggest chatterboxes. Of course, Jonathan Ross was crowned king of chitchat but Graham Norton was relegated to third position.”
”Skype wants to get everyone talking and our Talk for Britain campaign aims to inspire people all over the UK to start looking at new ways to talk to people for free, or for very little money,” Shrimpton concluded.
The research revealed that respondents admitted that their worst phone nightmare was being told what they did the night before because they were too drunk to remember. Also, it appears that women like chatting on the phone while soaking in the bath and almost a quarter said that they had been caught talking to someone they shouldn’t have.
The survey was conducted earlier this month and interviewed 1000 members of the general public.
Skype’s Talk for Britain campaign was launched on the 19th October and runs until 31st December 2006. Talk for Britain offers Skype users free calls made within the UK, to UK landlines, for the next six months when users purchase £10 of Skype credit. This credit can be used to make cheap international and mobile calls, send SMS messages, and download new ringtones.
To start talking to friends and family in the UK, all you need is a broadband connection and user account for the free Skype software available for download from www.skype.com/campaigns/talkforbritain
. Until now, all UK-based Skype users have been required to pay for all SkypeOut calls they make from their computers to normal landlines. Calls between Skype users across the world are completely free.