Skype is now available on Android phones, the IP communications provider announced today on its Big Blog. The new Android app extends Skype’s reach with it’s free and reduced fee calling plans to the growing smartphone market, which also is available on the iPhone and phones using the Symbian mobile OS.

Skype and Verizon recently cut an exclusive deal for Verizon smartphone customers, giving them Skype access on select Verizon smartphones. Android users need to be operating with version 2.1 or above for this new Skype app.

The Skype Android app enables Skype members to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, as well as send and receive free one-to-one or group instant messages over Wi-Fi and 3G networks in select markets outside of the U.S. Within the U.S., free Skype-to-Skype calls can only be accessed over a Wi-Fi connection.  Skype is also offering monthly 60, 400 and unlimited minute call subscription packages that cover calls to landline and mobile phones outside of Skype’s network.

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