Skype Arrives in the Android Market (WiFi Only)

Skype has released an new app that’s available as a free download from the Android Market. It supports all phones running Android 2.1 and up. While Skype had already offered an app for Verizon Wireless customers in the US, it wasn’t widely available until this morning.

The Skype Mobile app does almost everything you would expect. You can make Skype to Skype calls for free. That means if your contacts are using Skype on an iPhone, a desktop computer, or any other supported device you can call them for free from your Android handset. You can also use Skype as an instant message client for text chats with your contacts.

You can also make SkypeOut calls to regular phone numbers at Skype’s relatively low rates. This really comes in handy if you’re making international calls, since Skype’s international rates tend to be very competitive.

Now for the catch: If you’re in the US you can only make calls over WiFi. Read the rest of this entry »