Skype has arrived for Android smartphones, offering users the chance to make cheap calls as well as instant message friends via Skype chat.
The app, which is available to download now for free from the Android Market, allows reduced rate calls to landlines be made over mobile and Wi-Fi networks and is compatible with all handsets running Android version 2.1 or above.
However, it is worth remembering that the cheaper rates for landlines solely apply to calls over Wi-Fi. Extra – and potentially ruinous – charges are likely to apply when 3G, GPRS and EDGE networks are used.
Users will also benefit from free Skype-to-Skype calls to other mobile phone owners in the UK with Skype installed on their handset, plus instant messaging with multiple users.
A so-called Lite version of Skype hit the Android Market back in January. According to the app’s makers, the full edition has been tested on the HTC Desire and Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720 and Motorola Milestone.
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