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Skype (Android Edition)

by Skype Software S.a.r.l
Rated: All Ages
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,057 customer reviews)

Price: FREE
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
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  • Thanks for using Skype!
  • We're always working on making Skype better and we release new features and improvements frequently.
  • Please send us your feedback! Just tap on the menu icon "..." in-app and go to "Settings" > "Feedback".

Product Details

  • ASIN: B005R32L66
  • Release Date: September 30, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,057 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Free Skype-to-Skype IM, audio and video calling
  • Low-cost calls and SMS to mobiles or landlines
  • Ability to receive Skype calls and call forwarding
  • Conference calls and Group IMs

Product Description
Make free Skype-to-Skype calls
Skype All Over the World

When it comes to keeping in touch with your family and friends, Skype does it all. You can send free Skype-to-Skype instant messages, calls and video calls over WiFi or 3G right on your Android device (check with your IP about data charges). Send cheap SMS to mobiles and call landlines at great Skype rates while you're on the move. You love using Skype on your personal computer; imagine the power of Skype on your Android smartphone.

Great Long-Distance Rates

With Skype for Android, you have the same benefits that you get from Skype on your home computer. This app features Skype's low rates for phone calls to global landlines and mobiles. You can stop worrying over your plan's minutes. Skype global calls don't use your wireless plan minutes. Simply pay-as-you-go with Skype Credit or get a monthly subscription for the best rates.

Import your contacts list
Free Phone Calls

You can make that phone call for free if your contact has a Skype account. Free Skype-to-Skype calls also don't use up your minutes. And as long as you are signed in to the Skype application, you can receive Skype calls on your Android phone. Set up call fowarding as well.

Keep in touch with old friends
Free Instant Messaging

Add all your friends to the same instant message (IM) conversation and decide on the time and place for your Saturday night without all the e-mails and phone tag. See when people are online and get instant answers to quick questions with Skype Instant Messenger, whether your colleagues are next door or on the other side of the world. Instant Messages are free with all your Skype contacts.

Video Calls

Skype's free video-calling service is also available for compatible devices. See your family and friends' smiles and expressions as you chat over Skype's high-quality video stream. To make video calls, you need an Android phone with a front-facing camera and chipset with NEON technology support that is running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above.

Please note: Due to Android restrictions, devices running Android 2.2 will only be able to use the rear-facing camera. Devices with Android 2.3 or higher will be able to use both front and rear-facing cameras. Additional operator data charges may apply; check with your phone carrier for details or use a Wi-Fi connection. Be sure to enable your front-facing camera before launching video calling.

Skype for Android Features:
  • Free instant messaging, Group IM, and Skype SMS
  • Free Skype-to-Skype calling
  • Free Skype video calls (on select phones that can support video with a front-facing camera)
  • Call landlines and mobile phones with low Skype rates instead of your plan's minutes
  • Receive Skype calls and calls to online numbers
  • Participate in conference calls
  • Synchronize with Android and native contacts
  • Call forwarding
  • Favorite contacts and contact list filtering via groups
  • Send pictures, videos, and files

Technical Details

Size: 29.6MB
Developed By: Skype Software S.a.r.l ( Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window )
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Read the user's contacts data
  • Initiate a phone call without going through the Dialer user interface for the user to confirm the call being placed
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Read SMS messages
  • Read the sync settings
  • Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
  • Open windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other applications
  • Receive messages via Amazon Device Messaging
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Write to external storage
  • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Access information about networks
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Write (but not read) the user's contacts data
  • Manage the list of accounts in the AccountManager
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Monitor incoming SMS messages, to record or perform processing on them
  • Disable the keyguard
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Record audio
  • Broadcast sticky intents
  • Read the sync stats
  • Write the sync settings
  • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
  • Open network sockets
  • Request authtokens from the AccountManager
  • Get information about the currently or recently running tasks: a thumbnail representation of the tasks, what activities are running in it, etc
  • Required to be able to access the camera device
  • Modify global audio settings
  • Connect to paired bluetooth devices
  • Read from external storage
  • Read only access to device state
  • Read or write the system settings
Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 4 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it for Keeping in Touch With Family December 28, 2012
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Skype is the perfect app for face-to-face contact with family members when you don't live close. It is so streamlined and simple to use. I frequently pull this app up and let my 3 year old Skype with her grandparents who we no longer live close to. She gets a kick out of being able to see them, and it feels more personal than a phone call. In the 1+ year I have been using Skype mobile services, I have never had it crash, though it is slow to load at time. Overall, it's an amazing app that we use on almost a daily basis.
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61 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skype video calls December 3, 2012
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It's ok, but video calls are jerky, lagging, even a I5 16gb memory pc's, and Vizio, Android tablets with 32Gb memory, all having access to a 30+ cable speed network. But it's a novelty.
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221 of 291 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skype is NOT For Tablets October 1, 2012
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I have a 7" EMATIC e-Glide Steal that comes with a forward facing camera. This is what I tried to download and use SKYPE on. For some reason SKYPE works great on my laptop and it worked great on my old desktop, but the tablet is another story. It seems to see the tablet as a telephone and refuses to access the camera. I tried to use my current account, which it could not recognize on the tablet; I tried to set up a new account, which it refused to see as anything except a telephone, so I gave up and deleted it. Maybe it is the hardware that poses a problem, I don't know, but in my opinion SKYPE is not the same on a tablet as it is on your PC. Be warned to avoid the frustration I went through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great communication March 5, 2013
By Just Me
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My daughter is in Afghanistan in the Air Force and this is truly one of the best ways for communicating with her. Thank you Skype!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Very useful app April 26, 2013
I have used skype app on Android platform for over 2 years. I have used phone calls using skype on Nexus One from airports, video calls using skype from HP Touchpad Ice Cream Sandwich, Kindle Fire and Galaxy Note II. I used for meetings for over 2 hours and video clarity was amazing on HP Touchpad. Overall skype is excellent
- For phone calls - where 3G is not available (I usually have $10 credit handy)
- For video calls - interviews, meetings, music classes
- Test call is very useful and I never had a bad experience
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy Note 10.1 February 5, 2013
Verified Purchase
First I would like to say that it was free, you cant beat free anything these days. Its the best way to keep in touch with family. Im in the military and me and my wife use it to talk to our family back home, it keeps us all togather. Its way better than talking on the phone, why would you when you can see the face of ur spouse when they are deployed or your parents that you havent seen for some time because you moved or close friends you want to share your new experiences with. Those are things to consider when looking for an app to basically use to reconnect with certain people. I love it, and I wouldnt choose anything else. Besides you can even make calls and do other things with it, they do cost minutes if u want to make calls but the video calling is totally free and the app is free. Cant beat it. 5 stars all the way. Recommended indefinately.
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems to Work Well..... January 3, 2013
Verified Purchase
I have only used Skype several times for video calls, but it appears to work seamlessly and smoothly. When installed. it configured itself automatically to my tablet's mic, speakers, WiFi & camera and worked well on the first call. The only reason I didn't give it five stars at this time is that I had to stumble through the menus and selections to find the features and actions I wanted.
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Well on the Samsung Galaxy SIII December 11, 2012
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It allows my daughter to see her grandparents who live halfway across the state. It also allows me to use a skype number as a Home phone, and a decent IM client, too.
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why doesnt this latest skype work on the kindle hd when the last skype did?
I am having the same issue! I am so annoyed with this as their cousins moved away and that was how they got to stay in contact with them. I am really unhappy with Skype right now.
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