Skype now available on Android, carrier-free

After a long wait, the Android faithful now have access to Skype’s mobile telephony network via their mobile phones. The release, detailed on the company's blog, features the company’s staple of free Skype-to-Skype phone calls and inexpensive Skype-to-phone rates, over WiFi or 3G. It will import your full contact list from your existing account if you have already been using Skype from a PC or other mobile device. The app is compatible with Android 2.1 and above.

Back in May, there was a rumor going around that a carrier-free Android Skype app was imminent. Five months may not be exactly imminent, but at least they’re coming through on their promise. One feature, however, is notably missing: video chat. The PR from May heavily suggested that video would be a major part of their mobile expansion, and its absence from this release is definitely suspicious. Keep in mind that Skype has run into trouble recently with Fring regarding video chat use over AT&T 3G networks, and they have since backed out of Fring compatibility over excessive video chat problems. Fear of another run on bandwidth from the Android consumer base could be a possible reason for the hesitance. The blog post makes no mention of current or future video chat capability, but Android users all over certainly have their fingers crossed.

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I just used Skype on my Droid (verizon) to call a co-worker in Africa and it worked flawlessly. Call quality was great. I wasn't connected to any wifi hotspots either.

Can't even log in... It doesn't even seem to try, throws an error immediately without doing any network communication. Well done Skype!

I get the same on my Galaxy S. It's too big (14MB after install), can't install to SD on Froyo, doesn't work on (probably) the best and most popular handsets (but still hooks into call requests even though you can't log in) and stays in background unless you specifically sign out AND use the back button. Try again Skype.

Why in hell can't we download it. This freaking bs about countries limitation is really getting into my nerves. What the heck is wrong with these people?

it is a bloated 9MB download, doesn't install on SD card, is buggy as heck (force closes like crazy), and no 3G calling in the US. Lame lame lame. Try again, Skype.

Totally ridiculous that it requires at least 2.1. There are still a lot of devices on 1.6 that could be using this app. Oh well, silly move on their part.

nekkidtruth said,
Totally ridiculous that it requires at least 2.1. There are still a lot of devices on 1.6 that could be using this app. Oh well, silly move on their part.

I don't think it's asilly move on Skype's part. I think that there is just some limitations on the SDK for 1.6 vs 2.1, like google push notifications (I think). Same reason why apps like WhatsApp don't work on nothing else but 2.0, maybe 2.1. (I'm using 2.1).

I had to ditch my Android phone cause the restrictions T-Mobile had imposed were ridiculas, if I attempted to use any VOIP app over 3G the phone but itself in silent mode. :@

Not sure how live the stats are but on Android Market it's reporting <50 downloads and already got bad reviews (again)

Elliott said,
Just to note: it's WiFi only in the US.

That is odd...Skype for iPhone works over 3G... Why would they restrict the Android app?

Elliott said,
Just to note: it's WiFi only in the US.

Works over 3G in Canada !
Just tested it from MotoMilestone on TELUS to a iPhone 3GS on Bell, both over 3G. Sound quality is perfect.

Pretty good. I agree it does need an exit button though

EDIT: found it - under the "my info" tab, tap "change online status" or whatever it is called - "sign out" is at the bottom of the list that appears. That signs you out at least.

torrentthief said,
its not available for my htc wildfire in Market

not available on the ZTE Racer Market (3UK) either..

When accessing skype.com/m via 3G, it directs me to the 3UK page(s)
When accessing skype.com/m via WiFi, it directs me to the download page, click the button which launches the Market and then says "The requested item could not be found"

How is it better than Google Voice? With GV you can call any US/Canada number free of charge as far as I understand it...

Xenosion said,
How is it better than Google Voice? With GV you can call any US/Canada number free of charge as far as I understand it...

Oh I don't know...the other 6+ billion people on the planet can use it?

Xenosion said,
How is it better than Google Voice? With GV you can call any US/Canada number free of charge as far as I understand it...

Pretty sure gv isnt free. It still uses your phones minutes but redirects using their voip servers allowing you to essentially mask your number. Now over wifi idk.

Now if you are talking about using gv with a pc that's a different story

Xenosion said,
How is it better than Google Voice? With GV you can call any US/Canada number free of charge as far as I understand it...

Does GV support VoIP on Android yet? As far as I know, it only supports VoIP on PC/Mac via the Gmail website. Otherwise all it does is redirects the phone call to your cell phone which still uses your domestic minutes. You can use it to make cheap international phone calls (since it only uses your minutes) but it isn't entirely "free".

Skype has VoIP features.

tomjol said,

Oh I don't know...the other 6+ billion people on the planet can use it?


Why can't they?

SaltLife said,

Pretty sure gv isnt free. It still uses your phones minutes but redirects using their voip servers allowing you to essentially mask your number. Now over wifi idk.

Now if you are talking about using gv with a pc that's a different story


Yeah I don't really know for sure how it works. All I know is that my phone asks me before every call if I want to call using GV - whether or not WiFi or 3G. I just figured using GV on my phone was the same as using it on the computer.

Shadrack said,

Does GV support VoIP on Android yet? As far as I know, it only supports VoIP on PC/Mac via the Gmail website. Otherwise all it does is redirects the phone call to your cell phone which still uses your domestic minutes. You can use it to make cheap international phone calls (since it only uses your minutes) but it isn't entirely "free".

Skype has VoIP features.


Not sure if it really uses VoIP to be honest. I guess if it doesn't that is a big reason to use Skype but other comments are now stating that Skype in the US is WiFi only anyway.

Xenosion said,

Why can't they?


Yeah I don't really know for sure how it works. All I know is that my phone asks me before every call if I want to call using GV - whether or not WiFi or 3G. I just figured using GV on my phone was the same as using it on the computer.

Xenosion said,

Not sure if it really uses VoIP to be honest. I guess if it doesn't that is a big reason to use Skype but other comments are now stating that Skype in the US is WiFi only anyway.

On mobile

But what it does is it uses you phone to dial their server and on connection it transmits your account information and number to dial. For a while I knew the server number it dialed and added it to myfaves allowing me to get free calls.

SaltLife said,

Pretty sure gv isnt free. It still uses your phones minutes but redirects using their voip servers allowing you to essentially mask your number. Now over wifi idk.

Now if you are talking about using gv with a pc that's a different story

There are a couple of articles on web about making GV part of your "circle" or whatever your carrier calls it. Then you're not using your minutes.

AbandonedTrolley said,
Not bad for initial release but could do with remembering your password and being able to sign out/exit program without using a task killer.

You can sign out, go to the "My Info" tab, sign out is available under your statuses

SHoTTa35 said,
w00t, now i can call the GF in germany on Skype!

she'll probably be to busy with a german dude to pick up... long distance relationships, lmao.