Oct 05 AT 6:07 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Skype comes to all Android 2.x phones, lacks 3G calling in U.S.

Many Android fans in the U.S. have been waiting for Skype since it was a Verizon exclusive, but today it was announced that all phones running Android OS 2.1 or later can grap the app from the Market.

Before you get too excited, be warned that the app comes with some limitations. Most notabe is that in the US, Skype for Android only works over a WiFi connection. Users in other countries can makes calls over a mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G), so it appears the U.S. carriers stepped in to block this feature.

If you browse the comments left in the Android Market, you will also see that most people are having problems with the latest version of Skype. Users are experiencing issues signing in and it does not appear that Skype works on Samsung’s Galaxy S phones. It should also be noted that Skype for Android still does not support video calling (a feature we got from Fring awhile ag0).

Download Skype and let us know what you think. Is this app worth it without the WiFi calling feature? How do you think it compares with Fring?

Skype for Android enables users to:

  • Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G) to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
  • Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
  • Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
  • Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
  • See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
  • Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
  • Receive calls on their Skype online number

Via: Skype Blog

Source: Skype

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  • http://jonecat.tumblr.com JonECat

    This post makes zero sense.

    Title” … lacks WiFi calling in U.S.”

    Body”Most notabe is that in the US, Skype for Android only works over a WiFi connection.”

    Those are 2 contradictory statements, so which is it, can I or can I not make a call over WiFi with Skype?

    I personally have a Droid X and it only works over 3G with Verizon, is it different for other carriers?

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      There’s another version in the market for you… Skype vs. Skype Mobile. One will let you only do 3g (on Verizon), the other only wi-fi. How awesome is that?

  • http://www.beautifulcompanymusic.co.uk Robert

    I use Skype on my Hero, running on 2.1. I am in the UK, my carrier is 3, and I love it. However I have the reverse problem. I cannot seem to connect when attempting to via WiFi. Only via my mobile data connection as am I able to connect.

    But I do think it is great, very rarely do I have a problem with it when I need to make voice calls

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Skype fail.

    How is it the company which was at the forefront of video and voip calling is so behind on mobile?

  • http://Website maruichan

    I got mine to work after it was ‘broken’, i.e. it wouldn’t even try to sign in, would just instantly say “could not sign in”. I accidentally hit the Create a new account button when I opened the app and I never accepted the license agreement/warning, so I think it prevented the app from signing in. If you go back to create a new user and accept at the license screen and get to the portion where you write new user details and then back out, it will say “signing in” instead of just an instant error and it will work. Funny enough, it asks for you to accept the license agreement again once you sign in… weird app

    BTW, lack of data connection calling is lame!

    • http://Website Peter

      Thank you! had the same problem – and your workaround did the trick!

  • http://Website Chancy

    Once again, the big corps step in to define what users can do on THEIR cell phones that they BOUGHT. No wonder the U.S. is behind in internet speed and pretty much every other tech.

  • NoNamer

    There is no video chat because there is no front-cam video API on Android. Fring only works with HTC’s Evo, which has its own API, written by HTC (and won’t work with any other phone, not even HTC’s other phones). So until Google publishes a front-cam video API, Skype’s hands are tied.

    The only real question here is why they haven’t released Skype video chat for the iPhone 4, which does have the API needed. Which shows that it’s not as easy as it seems. Even on my Linux netbook with a 1.6 Ghz Atom CPU, Skype video is pretty slow, which tells me that we might need 1-2 more generations of smartphones before we can easily video chat on Skype with acceptable quality (Fring’s video quality is atrocious btw).

    • http://Website Xallies

      uh…. How about Samsung Galaxy S? Mytouch HD?

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  • http://Website Alucinao

    If it’s a problem the only-WiFi skype in the US, just install Google Voice. It works over 3G and over WiFi.

    • chahk

      Google Voice uses your voice minutes when calling, not data.

  • http://www.winniekepala.com WinnieKepala

    Been trying since the news broke yesterday. Through Skype Mobile site & Android Market – “The requested item could not be found”. I am having a strange feeling here that the app doesn’t exist in Asia, or it’s only available in US. This is frustrating coz their site says it supports worldwide.

    Nobody has been able to help me. :(

    • http://Website Craigo

      With a sim from Peru, Skype not found. With a sim from Australia, Skype found.

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  • http://Website Shiggitay

    No matter what I do I can’t get it to sign in on my Epic 4G (yes I know that Galaxy S phones aren’t supported as of yet, but I wanted to try anyway). I have a separate name for mobile (just made it) and it still refuses to sign in. I’ve tried the “Create Account, hit Accept” trick, but that didn’t help. I’ve tried uninstalling/reinstalling, and that didn’t help either.

    I agree with how behind Skype is with no video calling (I did read about the custom APIs and stuff). I hope they step up their game soon. Having mobile video chat on 3G/4G would rock my socks off.

    Anyone got suggestions?

  • http://Website Ben

    Hi @author,

    what do you mean by “Is this app worth it without the WiFi calling feature?”?

    It has WiFi calling according to the announcement: “Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection …”


  • http://Website Greg Lindsay

    I got Skype to work OK on my HTC Desire (coudn’t sign in) by going to settings, applications, manage applications, Skype, clear data. Signed in fine after that.

  • http://Website Glenn

    Was able to sign in over wifi, 3G, and 4G on my Evo. Have not tried calling anyone since it’s past midnight, so I don’t know if it’s actually working or not.

    There should be an easier way to turn off the app than having to go to “My Info,” and change the status from “Online” to “Sign out”… doesn’t seem like a very obvious location for it.

  • http://Website UCS

    It won’t sign me in on my desire, it doesn’t even attempt it you just get a can not sign you in message straight away.

    And why oh why is it 8.3mb with no option to install to SD card. Come on Skype get with it.

  • http://Website Area51

    My HTC Wildfire deserves Skype, doesn’t he ?

    I agree with you anakin78z: why is Skype paying so little attention to such a critical and promising market ?

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    Does that mean I don’t need a voice plan if I have a Mi-Fi?

  • Uncemister

    Theres no point then, if it only works over wifi then I might as well bust out the netbook for skype, or better yet the galaxy tab when its avalible

  • http://Website AlbConst

    I have google voice on android on samsung galaxy, AT&T and I don’t see how to get it to work over WiFi as someone suggested above. Can someone point me in the right direction?

  • http://Website Jeb Johnston

    I wish this article was a bit more thorough. After hearing about this, I found Skype on the Marketplace and comments are complaining of so many problems, it’s not even funny. Hell, it won’t even run on the Galaxy S line. What the hell was Skype thinking, releasing an alpha quality application as the official product?

  • http://Website Chris

    You guys might all benefit from looking here:

    3G enabled calling using this version of Skype:


  • http://Website todd

    Skype just lost me and all I cam her to switch for this BS

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  • Brad

    I have a ACER Iconica tablet a500 and Skype stopped working so I uninstalled it and then reinstalled the app. Now it goes to sign in and just sits there. Could the new updated from ACER have caused the problem?