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Skype Available in Android Market for All Devices

Skype announced today that it has opened up its Android app to all phones running 2.1 or higher.  While Verizon customers with a Droid have been using the service for months, the rest of the world can now take advantage of free Skype-to-Skype action, text messages, low rate landline/mobile calls, etc…

  • Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
  • Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
  • Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
  • Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
  • See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
  • Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
  • Receive calls on their Skype online number

Full press release at Skype’s website.  Grab it from the market now.

  • Armenh12

    Why cant i find the skype non-mobile version on verizon anymore???  i uninstalled because the app was f@#$ing up, but now i cant find it!!! somebody help

  • Ajdurk

    Can you use this app overseas? I am going to Europe next week. Also why can't I sign out? HTC incredible.

  • Lucy427

    can you video skype from your droid

  • Kingtroll

    Can we get an update, everytime I'm messaging someone and my phone locks it goes back to the contact list when I unlock, can we have it so it stays on the conversation?

  • Inder

    funny, how much bullshit u guys post :>

    i used it today via 3g on my milestone, worked perfect.

    u can turn it off under status.

    It works via wifi and 3g/etc

  • The_Other_Ray

    No skype calls over 3g, only wifi? Worthless.

  • The_Other_Ray

    How do i stay signed in? It keeps logging me out if I don't use my phone for several minutes. I would like to have it always running with me signed in so that people can contact me anytime.

  • Little_witch_1979

    I have the skype mobile and the only thing I find it really good for is to call a friend In Canada without it costing me a fortune on my cell. No sure this new skype would be worth downloading in the the phone

  • Rain_king46

    Aren't Skype and Google Voice essentially the same thing? If so, what are the advantages of Skype?

    • One advantage I can think of (for some, at least) is that some folks have been using Skype for years, long before Google Voice was out, so they're comfortable with it and want to continue to use it. Computer-to-computer allows video chat, as well.

    • eddieonofre

      that with this new skype you can make calls through the so using data instead of minutes, google voice at the moment consumes your minutes as well

  • Chris G

    Just to be sure I understand this, this one will allow me to boot up my VZ D1 in Australia, connect to wifi and call on skype? Flipping AWESOME.

  • Mark

    I mistook “Skype” for “Swype.” Good news either way.

  • ericsorensen

    Where's the video calls??? At least be able to recieve video calls. One thing, I'm sure the call quality is probably better than the Gmail free calling thing, and probably better than the going through verizon and the phone system.

    • iknowthingz

      Try Tango for video calls.

      • ericsorensen

        Thanks, I'll try it. Looks like the contract integration isn't as good as Skype – but I only have a couple people I video call to, so it will be fine.

  • The_Other_Ray

    For my droid 1, there is a skype and skype mobile in the market.which one do I download?

    • Michael_NM

      Skype 🙂

      • The_Other_Ray

        Cool, just installed it. thanks

  • villian1998

    I see the difference between the apps but maybe I'm wrong I didn't think calls to the skype number on the mobile app counted against your minutes for Verizon? I don't use Wifi that much so this app doesn't seem to be any different for me?

  • boot879

    Oh… and 27th and 28th

  • boot879

    Can you do video on it like Fring yet? If not… its just more bloat to me.

  • iknowthingz

    Ok i tested Skype calling from the new Skype app on my old inactive Droid on Wi-Fi to the old Skype mobile on my Droid X and it works. Of course the new Skype also works on both if on Wi-Fi at the same time.

  • If you use the new Skype app can you still place Skype to Skype calls for free on Verizon's Voice network? That's what I want to know. If yes then you get best of both worlds.

  • Finally, in Australiaaaaaaaaaaaa………..Thanx Kellex….Have been waiting for this. Never would have found if it wasn't for ur blog….

  • Anton_05

    Comes as bloatware on Droid 2, Verizon. You use VZW minutes using Skype calling locally so what's the difference? Can see the advantage calling international numbers but I don't make intl calls. Can't uninstall on D2 and always runs in BG even after FC it. Feh.

  • Mmoreimi

    I have the Droid Incredible with 2.2. Up until this point, you could only use Skype on 3g. I don't believe this has changed in regards to the pre-installed app on the phone. I think you have to download the new app in the market to allow this feature. Since you can't uninstall Verizon's pre-installed bloatware (ie Skype) does that mean we'll have 2 instances of Skype on our phones now? Has anyone tried to see if the 2 versions can be installed concurrently on the phone? Thanks!!

    • Jadanzzy

      In fact, can Droid-Life give us a comparison of the two? Skype Mobile on VZW vs the new Skype app? Is it worth having what seems to be duplicates? I know rooting can get rid of the pre-installed app, but which is really better?

    • Michael_NM

      I've got them both installed on my Droid X. I've never used the bloatware version (because it's 3G only), but the new version does indeed allow calls over wi-fi. This may be a non-issue for some people, but it's extremely useful for me. I can now leave my laptop at home!

  • Jdstell

    Awesome, too bad none of my friends use Skype. We just make normal phone calls, seems to work pretty well 😉

  • 14MB install size? Thanks, but no. Not untill Froyo comes to the Milestone at least…

  • iknowthingz

    Finally, Skype calls over Wi-Fi on Verizon……………

    • Michael_NM

      +100. It's a bit annoying to have to keep the VZ bloatware version too, but this new app is what I've been waiting for!

  • [chaotic]

    First 🙂

    • tbaybe

      nope…. maybe 3rd

    • Gabe


  • Cameraman7

    Great, now EVERY phone can realize how terrible that app is

    • iknowthingz

      It just came out. What are you talking about?

      • Gabe

        it was on a bunch of phones like the X, D2, DROID, devour, sh*tty ally as crapware.

        • JagoX

          Have any of you guys actually *used* Skype in general? Everyone keeps calling it “crapware” but it works quite well across all platforms (especially overseas.)

          • Gabe

            well, yes it works well, it just pisses me off to have it pre-installed and in some cases, not be able to delete it. I want to control the apps on my phone!

          • JagoX

            There are worse things to complain about when it comes to software pre-installed on your phone…and Skype isn’t really one of them. It’s a legit program…unlike CityID or the Blockbuster app.

          • Anonymous

            then root your phone and you can….

          • For some features it is okay. But it was released too early without some key features which has predisposed users to automatically throw it aside. GVoice instead 😛
            But yes, International works well. Now all we need is “Facetime”? Over 3G? 4G? 😀

          • Gabe

            no, 5G!!! G OVERLOAD!!!!!

        • iknowthingz

          Not the same app. Wake up!!!!!!!!

          • Kaufkin

            true, it’s not the same app as Skype Mobile. it’s worse. No off switch. no Data connection in US (Wifi only?) and 10 Meg installed, plus over 3 meg data. after only 3 minutes installed. – Uninstall.

          • Kaufkin

            true, it’s not the same app as Skype Mobile. it’s worse. No off switch. no Data connection in US (Wifi only?) and 10 Meg installed, plus over 3 meg data. after only 3 minutes installed. – Uninstall.

        • iknowthingz

          People this is NOT Skype Mobile, the app we've had for months. This is the Skype app. You can now make Skype calls over Wi-Fi on Verizon. It DOES NOT use Verizon's network. It came out today. Download the app.

          • Oh snap 😛
            Well, the name says it all then 😉

  • Gabe

    first. oh snap!!!