Early January this year, international VoIP-provider Skype announced the release of Skype Lite for Google Android and other Java-enabled phones.
For Android-powered phones like my trusty HTC Dream, all I have to do is connect to the Android Market from my phone, search for Skype, select install, and Bob’s-your-auntie’s-livin’-lover.
This all sounds great, but (*sigh*) Google appears to be maintaining separate Android Markets for Australia and the rest of the world.
Searching the Android Market for “Skype”, “Lite” or “VoIP” reveals diddly-squat.
A media release which appears on many news services and blogs says:
The Android version of Skype Lite will be / is available through the Android Market.
Tech Talk Radio host Andrew McColm has Skype Lite working brilliantly on his new Nokia E61, and Hutchison 3 even offers Andrew and me “Skype minutes” on our current phone contracts.
But I’m faced with two problems:
- International disparity with Google’s Android Market means that Australian users can’t download the application easily, if at all; and
- Skype are not offering the application via any method other than the Android Market.
Bummer. Come on Google, Skype, there are plenty of us waiting to chew-through those thousands of Skype minutes on our phone contracts which are currently going to waste.