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  • Vendor: Skype
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Skype is a video calling, audio calling and text chat service that works on a variety of computing platforms, including Android. The previously-independent company is now owned and operated by Microsoft, but is still fully supported and functional on non-Microsoft platforms — although since being acquired Skype is no longer usable on Chrome OS as third-party extensions were shut down.

No matter what style of device — phone, tablet or computer — you're using, you can easily communicate with friends and family with Skype over any internet connection, either one-on-one or in a group. You can even communicate with people using Skype to dial non-Skype phone numbers, including having an incoming number for other phones to call and have it ring your Skype app.

There are both free and paid portions of the Skype service. Most users can get by just fine with the free functions — device-to-device audio calling, video calling and text chat are all part of the free service. You can pay per month to have a static phone number that others can call you on from a phone, and you can pay per minute or text message with Skype Credit to call out to other phone numbers using your Skype Account. For frequent callers, there are monthly rates that offer unlimited calls to phone numbers in a specific country or region.

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It's official, folks: Microsoft's buying Skype

And there you have it: Microsoft put out the press release this morning that it indeed is buying Skype, the leading video and VoIP client. The price? $8.5 billion. (We'll let that sink in for a minute.) The reason?The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice...
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Rumor: Microsoft to buy Skype for $7 Billion

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Qik Video Connect enables Android-to-iOS video chat and much more

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Skype fixes security holes, throws in 3G calling to make it up to us

Fear not, people of Earth. Your weeklong national Skype nightmare is over. The essential communications app has plugged that security hole we didn't actually sweat too much over -- the one where some of your data, and your contacts data, was stored insecurely. And to show there are no hard feelings...

Skype responds to report of security hole

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Skype Video for the HTC Thunderbolt leaks out

Although the HTC Thunderbolt was supposed to of have launched with it -- it didn't. And although HTC and Verizon tried to hide the fact it ever existed -- it didn't work. Skype Video has now leaked out for all Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users. No telling how long it will work for once Skype and...

Verizon sending out stickers to cover up Skype on Thunderbolt materials

We can't point the finger at anyone in particular for Skype being pulled from the HTC Thunderbolt before release, but we can have a chuckle at how this particular SNAFU is getting fixed in some Verizon retail locations.  Above is a picture of the stand-up display for the Thunderbolt as it reads now...

Skype and Verizon announce video calling on many of their 4G Android devices

Today, along with announcing their recent acquisition of Qik, Skype has also announced that they plan to bring video calling to a wide variety of 4G Android devices on Verizon. It has become obvious across mobile platforms that video calling is a feature that is in high demand, and Verizon and...

Qik acquired by Skype [update]

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Skype updated, now installs to SD card

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Skype 1.0.1 update imminent

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Hacked Skype app allows 3G calling

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Fring launches fringOut calling just as Skype opens up to Android

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Skype for Android breaks free of Verizon exclusivity, now available for all

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Skype Mobile update does not allow use of Wifi after all [updated]

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Skype Mobile for Android now works over 3G *and* Wifi (but still Verizon-only)

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Fring receives a minor update -- but Skype remains missing

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