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Skype releases Android app: Free calls ahoy

The cream of the consumer-VOIP crop, Skype, has announced that an Android application is now, finally, available. You’ll need to be running Android 2.1 or above in order to use the app and take advantage of free Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.

As well as free calls, Android users can also enjoy Skype IM and keep contact books up to date by syncing Skype contacts with the handset’s address book. Unfortunately there’s no sign of the rumoured video calls in the first iteration of the Android app.

The Android app joins the Skype apps already available on iOS and Symbian handsets.

UPDATE: Skype for Android will initially be available on a selection of Android phones, including Nexus One, HTC Desire and Motorola Milestone, and additional devices will be confirmed shortly.

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