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Skype, the communication platform loved by users all over the world, is finally available for Android devices. Skype announced this morning that a version for Android is available by visiting skype.com/m or by visiting the App Store and searching for ‘Skype’.

You will need to have at least version 2.1 of Android, which you can find by having a quick glance at Settings > About. Skype has tested the software on HTC and Motorola devices but should work on a wide variety of platforms. They have reported some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S (which they are looking into).


Once Skype is launched it works much like any other Skype for mobile clients. Your contact list and call history is synchronized with your Skype login giving you the same contacts as on your Desktop. Calls may be made over Wifi and 3G, except in the United States where calls are wifi only.

Video calling does not work on the Skype for Android app.

Skype calling is free to other Skype users. If you have Skype credit you may dial out to any number at regular Skype rates, and if you have a SkypeIn number calls will ring to your device. This is a great way to offset your mobile minutes which can be an order of magnitude more expensive than SkypeOut minutes, especially for international calling.

Skype has a video which shows how their mobile app works.

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Try it out today and let us know how you find it!

  1. Radumza
    October 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    God I hate it when I can't move the app to my SD card. Is just a freaking option you'll add it so we can move your apps and free our phone space. For this reason I just uninstalled it from my phone.

  2. Dave Drager
    October 6, 2010 at 4:00 am

    True. Skype made a deal with Verizon to get on their platform. From Skype's Blog Post (http://blogs.skype.com/mobile/...

    Skype-to-Skype calls, to or from your mobile, computer or TV
    These calls are completely free*. They don’t count towards your Verizon Wireless minutes allowance.

    Calls to another mobile number or landline number in the US
    **These calls count towards your Verizon Wireless minutes.**

    Calls to an international mobile number or landline number
    These calls are great value – pay for these using Skype Credit or one of our subscriptions. For example, you can make unlimited calls† to landlines in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey for just $6.99 per month.

  3. Dave Drager
    October 6, 2010 at 1:54 am

    That is a tricky question. I used to be a Windows Mobile guy myself - I got frustrated with the slowness, horrible battery life and the need to reboot the phone daily.

    That being said, Windows phone 7 (http://www.windowsphone7.com/) is supposed to be pretty slick. I had given up on giving Microsoft chances at redeeming themselves after failing time and time again, but I hope they got it right.

  4. Quiller
    October 6, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I already have Skype on my Samsung Fascinate--it came loaded with the phone. I have heard though that if you make a call on Skype you get charged for the same number of minutes on your verizon account that you would if you made the call on the phone. True or not true?

    • Dave Drager
      October 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

      True. Skype made a deal with Verizon to get on their platform. From Skype's Blog Post (http://blogs.skype.com/mobile/2010/08/skype_mobile.html):

      Skype-to-Skype calls, to or from your mobile, computer or TV
      These calls are completely free*. They don’t count towards your Verizon Wireless minutes allowance.

      Calls to another mobile number or landline number in the US
      **These calls count towards your Verizon Wireless minutes.**

      Calls to an international mobile number or landline number
      These calls are great value – pay for these using Skype Credit or one of our subscriptions. For example, you can make unlimited calls† to landlines in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey for just $6.99 per month.

  5. TLW
    October 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Dave, do you see the Windows phone going any where? I ask because I have a friend who has one. She's not real happy and I'd love to help her. Your thoughts?

    • Dave Drager
      October 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      That is a tricky question. I used to be a Windows Mobile guy myself - I got frustrated with the slowness, horrible battery life and the need to reboot the phone daily.

      That being said, Windows phone 7 (http://www.windowsphone7.com/) is supposed to be pretty slick. I had given up on giving Microsoft chances at redeeming themselves after failing time and time again, but I hope they got it right.

  6. Jennifer
    October 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Incompatibility with the Galaxy S, which is one of the most popular Android phones out there, is a huge disappointment.
    http://www.technologiez.net/20...

  7. Jennifer
    October 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Incompatibility with the Galaxy S, which is one of the most popular Android phones out there, is a huge disappointment.

    • Dave Drager
      October 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      I'm hoping that this will be fixed shortly - they must have decided to get it out the door and iron out the bugs that will inevitably pop up later.

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