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October 5, 2010

Skype app arrives in Android Market

by John_A

After a long wait, Skype is finally widely available for Android phones, and can be downloaded off Android Market. It was exclusive to Verizon’s Android phones for a while in the US, but now the whole gamut of Android phones can enjoy it. Well, at least it has been tested with HTC and Motorola devices, running Android 2.1 and up, aka the Verizon Android line. Skype is admitting there are some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S still, that are being ironed out.

There were some lite versions and substitutes before, but nothing beats the real thing. With the dedicated app you can make free Skype-to-Skype calls, do instant messaging, or call phones at low rates, at home and abroad – over WiFi, 3G or 4G. If you have a Skype account, your contact list will appear when you sign in on your Android phone. To call abroad, just dial the number in Skype, and use Skype Credit to pay. There is also unlimited subscription based calling with various rates.

Skype can be downloaded from the Android Market, or from skype.com/m on your phone. Some say Skype and the likes can kill voice plans, but we are positive the carriers will make up for it in data charges.

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