Skype

Once upon a time there as a little rumor that Skype was going to shed its exclusivity with Verizon and once again be available to everyone else. Friends, that day has come. Chat and call all you want. It's cool. Free Skype to Skype calls. Call internationally for cheap. IM your friends. One caveat here is that calls have to be made over Wifi in the United States, but that's not the worst thing in the world.

So let's raise a glass to the death of another exclusive agreement that shut out more users than it included, and get your download on after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 69 comments

JohnnyKat says:

Sweet!!!

bgruber17 says:

That's fantastic!

benjymous says:

I'm guessing this isn't compatible with 1.6?

2.1 and 2.2 . . . 1.6? What kinda phone you got?

benjymous says:

X10 mini - Sony Ericsson promise the 2.1 update at the end of the month, but they said that last month too :-(

fupayme says:

Can we use the video chat feature over 3g or WiFi or both?

hybrid85 says:

^ This!

This is a big thing I want to do on my phone. I'm still waiting for a free video calls app.

icebike says:

Stop waiting and get Fring.

Maximiano says:

Get Tango. It is available in the market and it allows you to video call over platforms i.e. iPhone 4 to HTC Evo 4G. I have had problems with fring and the quality sucked.

uofmrules says:

They still do have it...notice how you have to make calls over WiFi? Verizon is still and will be the only company to make calls over the calling network. That's what they have exclusive, not Skype itself.

staffordjm says:

Now if Verizon would unbundle it those of us that have no use for Skype wouldn't have to have it running on our phones all the time!

This x1000. Now that Skype is available to the masses, let those of us on VZW who have no use for it delete it from our phones.

VDub2174 says:

Can't wait to download this!!

ryobi43 says:

Why do the people in the USA have to use the wifi? Why do others get to use 3G?

uofmrules says:

Bc Verizon has the exclusive right to use it over 3g.

walterwood44 says:

Tried this with my Sprint Evo 4G and got the following message:

"Sorry, Skype for mobile is not available for your phone.

Switch to one of Verizon's best selling ..."

File size is huge for not being able to move to SD....am I missing something here?

Calls over 4g??

y2whisper says:

funny that fring now pushed fring out to android devices today as well.

drsprite says:

Anyone know how to uninstall the pre-installed VZW version WITHOUT rooting?

can't. Why would you anyway

jk says:

If you have a US based, non-world verizon phone, would you be able to use Skype if you traveled overseas to place a call back to the US?

uofmrules says:

No

caliesv says:

Fring always worked for android phones. try it. Its petty much just like skype.

y2whisper says:

True but the fringOut functionality has been added.

uansari1 says:

Yes, but Skype is American and Fring is Israeli. I'll buy Israeli only after there's a peace deal.. so those of us that boycott now have a viable option.

sstea says:

Please keep your politics on this site to iOS vs Android! ;-)

paul_704 says:

LOL :-)

captaintevo says:

Skype was founded by a couple of Swedish guys, coded by Estonians, and is headquartered in Luxembourg, they're partly owned by eBay but you could hardly say this is an American company.

sarumont says:

From the Market page: "Some handsets (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S) are not currently supported"

Thanks, Skype.

JDMR777 says:

It gives me an (skype name does not exist) error HTC EVO 4G. WTF!

miniZ says:

did same to me, then realized the phone was adding a space after u/n. I removed that and it worked.

Wesley1 says:

No love for Samsung Galaxy phones:( I tried it and it force closes when I try to do anything with the app.

Guess I will still have to use Nimbuzz for making Skype calls on my phone.

Paladin says:

Sorry but having to use Wi-Fi IS a big deal. If I am near a wi-fi spot I could use any app really including a PC.
So now I have to be near a Wi-Fi spot and STILL CANNOT make a video Skype call either??? No thanks!

The entire idea is to be able to make a Skype call no matter where you are, quickly, easily and with video.

slinky317 says:

Everytime I tried to make a call, it shut off my Wifi a few seconds into it. Also, I'd like there to be a way to get rid of that annoying "Skype is logged in" notification up top. Also, I heard that it's VERY intensive on the CPU so I would imagine it could be a battery killer.

What is the benefit of using Skype as opposed to Google Voice?

marko358 says:

Skype to skype is free all over the world whereas google voice is free in the US only.

jesamyn says:

Also, IME Skype's call quality is a lot better than Google Voice's. I haven't tried Google Voice in several months since it was pretty bad last time I gave it a shot - laggy, other party had trouble hearing me (not a headset issue, since I didn't have the same problem on Skype with the same hardware). I love Google Voice for a portable number and for their general setup/voicemail, but not for their actual VOIP quality.

icebike says:

And Google Voice still uses minutes.

cea1203 says:

Big deal ??? Skype sucks anyway wish I could get it off of my X !!!

Even though the program states Galaxy S not supported, it works just fine on my Captivate (froyo).

Hope this helps,

AoN

STENDEC says:

About damn time. What the hell was it with that "exclusive to Verizon" crap anyway?

uofmrules says:

Exclusive to making calls over 3g. Skype app has never itself been exclusive. IPhone had it 3 years before Verizon, and still has it.

malakai15 says:

I am so glad about this. Finally no more nimbuzz or needing (well used to) Fring. I can finally go right on my phone.

Its somewhat of a resource hog from what I see though. Which sucks. But at least its here. They can always update now.

But I am reading that 3G doesnt work & on the EVO (which is what I have) the front facing camera isnt utilized for video chatting.
Skype App Finally in Market ... No video chatting
http://tweakyourlife.com/97/skype-app-finally-in-android-market-for-allu...

This is pretty unfortunate and frustrating. But I guess it will come along. Does iphones skype apps have video chat?

uofmrules says:

You can't do video on Skype on any phone....not a capability yet

Dhamp2g says:

I have an evo and it is telling me that my skype name doesn't exist

phillysdon04 says:

Now we need Skype on fring again so we can have video chat from phone to PC. I know we have imochvia, but the quality is too good. Anyway, this is great news.

tyakaace says:

Skype for me is working good. (EVO 4G) BUT this is totally pointless since we cant make video calls. we all have the unlimited plan so we wont be charged for making any calls on skype anyway. why is video chat disable. i agree with phillysdon04 we need skype back on fring so we can take advantage of the (EVO 4G) HIGHLY POWERFUL GREATNESS LOL, BUT this is the first step, still better than nothing I GUESS.

Use Tango

PowerUser says:

Whats all the problems with EVO? I just installed on my EVO and it works fine. Not very useful but works fine. Calls not working even on wifi but IM is fine.

Be careful folks the Verizon Version uses your minutes to make skype to skype calls or is it skype to land. And it always runs in the background.

uofmrules says:

Duh, you're making a call on the Verizon network. Last I checked when you make a call on a network it uses minutes.

uansari1 says:

It shouldn't use minutes if ur making the call over the data network! Verizon is a garbage nickel and dime network.

uofmrules says:

Correction....doesn't uses minutes if Skype to Skype.

selenitic says:

I downloadd it to my Captivate, but I get the following error trying to login:

"We're sorry, but we couldn't sign you in. Please try again later."

Keep getting the error.

Google needs to update google voice app to allow VOIP calls.

dannychaos says:

Anybody notice there are two official Skype apps, the original Verizon and the new one. Why is this?

uofmrules says:

The Verizon one let's u call over 3g and only.works on Verizon. Where the new Skype works on all Android but you have to be on WiFi.

To be honest Skype is a little too late
And still is behind
We should've been able to video chat from day one
But now with apps like Tango where you can chat from EVO to EVO
OR EVO to iPhone or any phone with video capabilities
Fring and Skype are pretty much obsolete to me right now
I will forever use Tango until they prove to be better

m2thedeep says:

So does this app finally allow VoIP calling?

uansari1 says:

The app works fine except it stays on and has to be forced close. Boo!

Try Tango! A cross-platform video app like iPhones FaceTime. Check it out at http://www.tango.me/ Works over 3g, 4g, and WiFi.

sveilien says:

Round One seems like a big fail. I'll wait for 2 or 3.

tmjones says:

Sorry Sprint Epic 4g users, I don't think Skype works for the Sprint Galaxy S phone.

Need some Skype friends add me Roustermiller this thing is like bbm I love it

oldpapa49 says:

Same here.. I even remove and reloaded sw.. Still same

Sotoman7 says:

worked great this morning but now all I get is this error.

"We're sorry, but we couldn't sign you in. Please try again later."- EVO on wifi.

tailsthecat3 says:

This app needs major updating. Back button, ui, lemme do everything via 3g...

KrispyKrink says:

What a horrific piece of crapware. Overly bloated that can't be moved to the SD Card and it stays running sucking down battery juice like a vampire. To top it off, you can't even log in.

Skype, get out of the Android platform. At least until you hire some people that actually care enough about the product and have the passion to write the app correctly. LIke the guys behind Angry Birds at Rovio. That app defaults to install on the SD Card, as all large apps should.

tibbys says:

should have video chat..