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Skype calls over 3G now available with a simple hack

The once Verizon excusive Skype for Android was made available to the masses earlier this week. The application will run on any Android 2.1 or above device and works on a WiFi-only basis. However, this has changed with a simple hack via xeudoxus of DroidForums. The hack, taking only around 15 minutes to complete, and only one simple download. To do so:
  • Download this apk
  • Copy and paste it to your memory card
  • Install using a fill manager application
That’s it, that is all it takes to get 3G Skype calling on your Android device. Now we are not sure of the ethics or legality of this “hack” but iPhone users have been calling over 3G, why can’t we... Right? [Via DroidForums]

Skype for Android arrives in Android Market

Skype has dropped into the Android Market, offering free Skype to Skype calls over GPRS/EDGE/3G or WiFi.  The app - which had previously been a Verizon exclusive - also allows users to make international calls at Skype's reduced rates, together with holding instant messaging conversations. There's also phonebook integration, the ability to see online statuses and incoming calls support. Unfortunately it's not perfect quite yet; Skype says there are some handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S, which are not currently supported. It's a 8.56MB download available free through the Android Market. Update: Skype has released the video you can find below, but also confirmed that Skype for Android will only work over WiFi in the US and requires an Android 2.1 device or higher. [youtube nYVYJJES1_w] Press Release:
Skype for Android™ Now Available LUXEMBOURG, 5 October 2010 — Skype today announced the release of Skype for Android™, a client for mobile handsets, built for smartphones running Android OS version 2.1 or above. With this latest release, the majority of smart phone users globally will now be able to experience the benefits of Skype on the move using either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). Skype for Android is downloadable for free from the Android Market or consumers can visit www.skype.com/m to find out more details about how to get the application. 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 Mark Douglas, Product Manager of Android said: “The Skype experience is ubiquitous today. More and more people are using Skype to do things together when apart. With the addition of Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian”

Skype for Verizon is Available Today

The wait is finally over for all you Verizon customers, Skype is now available for use will select Verizon phones including their entire lineup of Android’s. Starting this morning, you can visit the Skype Mobile site and download the app right to your phone.

Skype Android developer role tips full VoIP app

Exciting times ahead; not only is SlingPlayer for Android confirmed for a Summer 2010 release, but Skype look to be getting serious about VoIP on Android too.  A new job listing on the company's site calls for an Android developer to work on "delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms." While there's already an official Skype app in the Android Market, it doesn't yet offer the full range of VoIP functionality desktop users are accustomed to.  Instead of carrying voice calls over a data connection, it instead dials into a local number, bridging those calls to national and international users for reduced fees compared to your carrier. This new role, meanwhile, suggests that Skype are getting more serious about their Android VoIP proposal, and leaves us quietly hopeful that we'll see a full, data-based app from them at some point in the near future.
The Brief Your role will be developing the Skype application on the Android platform. You will be working within Skype's development organization, with both the architects and other developers, creating the solutions to fulfil Skype's mobile strategy. Most important for us is that you are a good and competent developer. It is obviously a great plus if your expertise areas are in mobile runtime platforms, services and networks and an understanding of the possibilities and limitations they offer. Key Responsibilities
  • You will be a developer in the team responsible for delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms
  • Participating in estimating the workload for the team and architectural discussions
[Thanks Cumulus Nimbus!]

Verizon explains Skype Mobile Visually

Coming off their recent deal with Skype, Verizon has now put together a short video discussing all the great things you can do with Skype Mobile. Starting this month the Droid, Droid Eris, and Devour handsets will come loaded with the "new" feature that allows for calls anywhere in the world without using minutes. Skype Mobile will surely be added to every upcoming Android device from Verizon.

Verizon Announces Skype Deal

Verizon has long been a very closed and tight gripped company. When they announced that they were entering the Android game, we all thought they were going to lock down their devices which they did not do. Now they are going even further with being more open with their network with this announcement.
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