Skype has announced that it’s making its Skype internet phone service available on Android mobile handsets.
The Android app will be available to download direct to handsets from the Android Market. The Skype for Android app will run on Android OS version 2.1 (Eclair) or above. According to Skype the app will allow UK users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls over either wi-fi or mobile data connections, including GPRS, Edge and 3G networks. The service also allows users to make calls via Skype to landline or mobile phones, although these are chargeable and paid for using Skype Credit.
Skype says that the Android app will allow Skype contacts to be synchronised with the Android handset’s phonebook, so that users can make Skype calls directly to contacts from within the phonebook.
The arrival of Skype on Android means that the Voip service is now available on Apple iPhones running iOS, Nokia handsets running the Symbian operating system, as well as the range of handsets from HTC, Samsung and Sony which run the latest versions of Android.
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