Ask NerdGirl: Is Skype Free? The website is gone! I don’t wanna get pulled over!
May 9, 2010 3:15 PM –
Confusing title, I know! But it got your attention, right? The three questions today are about Skype Mobile, finding apps on the Market, and voice dialing!
Greetings from a fellow early PC’er (though with about six years of grey on you). I remember copying BASIC programs out of the manual onto my TI-99, and recording them to a cassette tape.
I also have an Eris (Verizon Network) and love it. My question is about SkypeMobile for the Eris (so, Android 1.5). My brother lives abroad, and we use Skype to talk. I thought SkypeMobile would be great for this, but I was a bit leery of actually activating it when the user agreement popped up on-screen and let me know that the calls wouldn’t be carried over WiFi/Internet, but over the Verizon wireless network, and would thus be subject to potential charges.
Do you know what those charges might be? Or whether SkypeMobile can be configured to just work with my house WiFi? If there are going to be charges for using it on my Eris, I might as well just make a cell call directly.
I wasn’t one of the lucky ones with a TI-99, but I did have a Commodore PET computer that ran off of cassettes. I loved the days of the “Please flip over disk (cassette) 1 to continue.” Now I’m feeling old!
I read through Skype’s website and I wasn’t really clear on what the terms were either. Why would you use Skype if you’re using Verizon’s network? It sounds like it just allows you to use the cellular network so you don’t have to be on a Wifi network to use Skype, but I wanted to make sure. So, I decided to go to the source.
Well, Evan, I contacted Skype and this is what they said:
“Thank you for contacting Skype Customer Service.
We are glad to hear that you are interested in using Skype mobileT application on your Verizon mobile phone.
Skype-to-Skype calls are free to make and receive, and calling phones abroad uses Skype Credit and/or a subscription, just like it does on your desktop computer. The rates for calling phones abroad are the same as they are on Skype on your computer – check out the rates here:
Or buy a monthly subscription and save even more:
Calls to US numbers will be carried by Verizon Wireless, not Skype, and charged according to your calling plan. (It is not possible to call US mobile/landline numbers via Skype mobileT.)
Here’s an example of how much data a typical person might use:
Tom has 25 Skype contacts and signs in twice a day for a total of 1 hour. He sends and receives about 15 messages a day and makes two Skype calls of about 2 minutes each. Tom would use roughly 1 MB worth of data in one month.
Skype mobile is currently available on BlackBerry and Android phones, which all come with an unlimited data plan, so you should not face additional data charges for using Skype on these devices.
We hope this answer was helpful, should you need more assistance, feel free to contact us again.
Skype Customer Support
Visit www.skype.com for latest news, updates and tips.”
So what I’m thinking all those words were saying was that as long as it’s Skype-to-Skype, there’s no charge. If you’re using Skype and calling a non-Skype number, then you are going to use your Verizon minutes.
I hope that cleared things up a bit.
Hey! Wanted to try Action Complete manager (reviewed by androidtapp recently) but can’t seem to access their website, which is perpetually down. I liked that it would also sync with my Droid. Any suggestions for simple project management alternatives that sync phone and desktop?
I just went to AppBrain, Mark, and download the app through there. If you don’t use AppBrain, you should be able to get ActionComplete straight from the Market without having to go through their website. I always find that the Market is the first place I look for an app.
I love the idea of a Dear Abby column for Android users. I have a Motorola Droid, and these questions represent my biggest annoyances with this wonderful device.
When, oh when will Android devices get true voice-dial functionality? As a California resident I’m breaking the law every time I try to use the phone in my car. My dumb phones have had this function for 7 years or more. Why is it missing from these advanced smartphones?
My Eris came pre-loaded with Voice Dialer. I am able to say the name of the contact as well as the actual numbers for contacts who haven’t made it into my phonebook yet. I would try that one before you try a paid app, Bob, and see if that has enough functionality for you. You can also try out Choice Dialer for more voice control capabilities (however results on different phones vary).
Tomorrow I’ll be covering recording phone calls and converting files! Keep reading and keep sending your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org