Friday, 8 October 2010
Skype Comes To Android At Last With Free App
(If you can't see the video, please click here.)
At last! It's finally here! We've got Skype on our Google Android Smart-Phones! If you're reading this on your phone, click here to visit Skype and download the free app! or just search the Google Marketplace for Skype...
(You need at least Android 2.1.)
WARNING: WHEN USING SKYPE, UNLESS YOU'RE ON WI-FI, YOU WILL BE USING UP YOUR DATA ALLOWANCE. EVEN UNLIMITED PLANS HAVE "FAIR USAGE" CAPS THAT ARE SURPRISINGLY LOW. MAKE SURE YOU MONITOR YOUR DATA USAGE OR YOU WILL BE HIT WITH A BIG BILL.
Ok, ok, that's enough of a warning.. For everybody who doesn't know what Skype is, you're in for a treat. Skype is a free telephone / messaging / video call service that normally runs on your PC, and gives you free communication between people with Skype over the internet, and cheaper calls to international, mobile, and land-line numbers.
We use Skype to video-chat to our daughter in Spain (we're in the UK). My wife spends hours on Skype, watching and talking to our new Grandchild - and it's all free. Absolutely brilliant.
You can pay Skype, and get a number so normal phones can call you, and / or you can call land-lines, mobiles and international numbers very cheaply. The quality is great, but as you can imagine, telephone companies aren't that happy about this - but it doesn't matter because now we've got Skype on our Google Android Smart-Phones, and I've got it on my HTC Desire.
The Skype Android Application only offers phone calls and text chatting - but that'll do for now. Just sign in, it'll import your contacts, and you're good to go. This means that, say you're on a business trip to a foreign country. Just walk into McDonalds, buy a coffee, join their Free Wi-Fi network, fire up the Skype App, then phone your Wife. And talk for hours. For free! As I said at the beginning, be careful when using Skype with your normal data package over the 3G network - it'll chew up your allowance and you could be left with a big bill (especially if you're abroad).
Skype will transform the way we use our Android Phones - I'm so excited that this has finally happened, and I can't wait to use it as much as possible!
Are you a Skype user, or maybe you're thinking of downloading it? What do you think of the app? How do you think Skype will change the mobile phone industry? Please add your comments!