So, here's what I see. Skype has two apps. One is called "Skype Mobile", and the other is just called "Skype".
"Skype Mobile" is only available to Verizon Wireless customers. It allows free calls to Skype users using your mobile phone's voice line (not data). The advantage of this is that your voice line is likely to sound better than if they had compressed it for transmission over your 3G data connection. The other benefit of using your voice connection is that you can simultaneously surf the web using Wifi (Unlike AT&T, Verizon's network can't handle simultaneous voice & 3G internet). Skype-to-Skype calls doesn't use your plan minutes.
"Skype" (available to all 2.1+ users) only uses your Wifi data connection (in the US) to make calls. It also includes multi-user chat. The review referenced in post #1 in this thread says that this app taxed the phone and that audio quality wasn't that great. I would probably only use this app as a backup to the first one, for those extremely rare moments that I have no phone service, but do have access to Wifi. Again, this is rare, but maybe if I'm in another country on vacation/cruise, this would work to call friends/family back home (but just using a calling card might be easier).
So the jist is, since it's using wifi all calls are now non minute incurring calls (not on the 3Gnet) literally matching what the original skype to skype (read computer to computer) free calling is. But now the new skype is now on the android market for all. TRUE?
Correct -- but if you're on Verizon you're better off using the Skype Mobile app for Verizon phones as the sound quality is much better.
Aaahhhhhhhhhhhh! Thank you!
I can't log in now... all the recent comments say the same. This sucks that it can't be used on 3G. Wifi calls to US Numbers and to other Skype Users has been perfect! Pathetic no one can log in now.
So dumb question, but if I got a skype number then put that number in my google voice calling tree, I should be able to get calls at home on my skype number. Thus no more needed for a land line, right? Our am I missing something?
What a fail app... 2.5 stars and no one can log in. I mean, for a company as big as Skype with 22 million people logged in at once... what is going on? I use Skype all the time and was pretty happy when I saw this app come out, now no one can log in at all.
@ Bailers - Correct, that is theoretically possible assuming your computer is on all the time with Skype. Since I use Skype all the time to call out and I have a Skype in number, this app was pretty big for me. I too use Google Voice and will be using it the same way you plan to.
OK they fixed the login. I've waited for an app like this for over a year - almost got an ipod touch because I wanted to use Skype on a mobile device (within my home). They finally fixed the login issue, but not before the app had 2.5 star rating and about 100+ 1 star reviews. I'm on a skype to skype call and the quality is A+ and I'm loving it being mobile (within my house = wifi).
It still has some bugs - if you turn off the screen in a call, no one can hear you. Which means even more of a battery drain if you aren't plugged in.
If you go to the home screen while on a call you can raise the in call volume to increase the skype call volume (which by default is super low even at 100%).
After being on a call for an hour I lost wifi connection (the droid's wifi connection ain't that great to begin with I guess). But on the call again and doing well. (Skype is what I use to talk with GF all the time).