Skype App for Android Released, No 3G Calls in U.S.
Skype's cheap, sometimes free, calling service is now available on Android phones, but there's a catch. The Skype app has been restricted to Wi-Fi only in the U.S.
In the rest of the world, where networks are a little more lenient on the matter, Skype app users will be able to make calls over 3G connections. In America, the Skype Android app will place voice calls over a Wi-Fi connection , allowing users to make calls without using up minutes.
"With the addition of Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian," said Mark Douglas, product manager at Skype Mobile, in a statement.
The Skype app will also send and receive instant messages, synchronize with the contact list on a phone and show when other Skype users are online.
The Skype Android app requires the 2.1 or 2.2 version of the Android mobile operating system. The company has also acknowledged there are issues with the app running on the Samsung Galaxy S phone, which the company is working to fix.