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Skype for Android app updated with 3G U.S. calling

Skype has rolled out an updated version of its Android app on Wednesday, and one added feature is sure to please U.S. customers.
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Written by Rachel King, Staff Writer on

Skype has rolled out an updated version of its Android app on Wednesday, and one added feature is sure to please U.S. customers.

The new current version (a.k.a. v1.0.0.983) has some security updates but it also expands support for 3G calling for Android phones in the United States. This option was already available for Android handsets in other countries as well as for the Skype for iPhone app worldwide.

However, not all Android-based smartphones are supported for this feature, which requires at least Android 2.1. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S customers will need a boost to Android 2.2.

The Skype for Android app is free and available to download from the Android Market now. Note that only Skype-to-Skype calls are free using Wi-Fi or 3G connections. Other calls start at fairly low rates per minute depending on the country. Unlimited monthly plans are also available.

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