Skype for Android now available; no 3G calls in US

It’s been a long time coming, but the Skype app is now officially available for Android, and it’s pretty darned good. Current users of the popular VoIP service will be happy to see that logging into the app offers them a similar experience to what they’re used to in desktop versions: contact lists that lets you IM or call, a dialer, and the other usual features. Newcomers will be lured in by the premise of free Skype-to-Skype calls (the app is also free) and cheap calls to landlines all over the world.

Here is the bad news: while the rest of the world can make calls over both WiFi and the mobile data network (3G, EDGE, etc.), US users can only use WiFi. The American carriers must really be worried about over-loading their networks, what with tiered pricing becoming more accepted.

Besides this restriction, the app is also not available on the Android Market in China and Japan. Additionally, the Skype blog mentions that there are some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S phones and that they’re working to fix them.

If you’re a Skype user and on an Android 2.1+ device, go to the Market and get it now. Here’s a little video walkthrough from the Skype guys themselves:

via Skype blog

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