Verizon's Skype client shuts down Wi-Fi on Android phones?

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Verizon's Skype client shuts down Wi-Fi on Android phones?
According to Skype Journal, Verizon customers using an Android model cannot use the Skype client and Wi-Fi together at the same time. Something in the software disables theWi-Fi radio and the user gets a message that reads, "Skype mobile does not currently work on WiFi and requires switching to a Verizon Wireless data network connection. This may affect other apps using a WiFi connection." Big Red blames the problem on an Android glitch that requires the user to disconnect from a hotspot before running Skype Mobile. Verizon also points out that because the app runs over the carrier's voice network, certain requirements must be met, including certain wiretap laws. Thus, the more secure 3G network must be used instead of Wi-Fi. The complaint here is that by forcing calls to be made over 3G, Verizon customers are using minutes that they had hoped to save. Verizon says it is working with Google to correct the glitch.

source: SkypeJournal via DSLReports

Verizon's Skype client shuts down Wi-Fi on Android phones?



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24 Comments

1. VZWsucks

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The Big Red crippler!

13. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

"Big Red" doesnt make the Android operating system toolshack...

2. Gawain

Posts: 429; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

The Skype Mobile utilizes the regular switched network on VZW. It does not use data. This has been clearly stated by Skype and VZW. Skype to Skype calls using this app does not consume rate-plan minutes. This app installs a dialer and when you place the call, it routes it through that dialer. Not unlike Google voice, but without the enhanced Google features.

4. ilmobile

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I believe the chat/messaging feature rides over the 3G data side and could be what’s prompting the data connection validation. But to your point some users may only use it for voice calls!

8. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Well, since you can't have a Skype capable phone without paying for an Unlimited Data plan at minimum $29.99/month, what's the complaint? Don't like the convienence of using your CELLPHONE to get FREE CALLING? Then use your notebook if it's so big a deal!

10. Gawain

Posts: 429; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

The IM feature uses data on EVDO or 1X, but data doesn't use minutes and handset data is unlimited.

3. ilmobile

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

This is not the first time VZW devices have had an issue sharing Wi-Fi and data/3G, it’s not just Android. The same issue occurred with testing on the Imagio, which is running WM. The same disruption of specific carrier services occurs when Wi-Fi is enabled. You lose features such as Visual Voice Mail, MMS messaging and other various VZW sites are not accessible via the browser. I can only speak for Skype on a RIM device personally – but wanted to share these specifics While running Wi-Fi I am able to retain dual connection with VZW and a Wi-Fi service of choice. The “RIM” Skype application must be specifically designed to route over VZW, and does not require Wi-Fi to be disabled, this is my assumption however the end result is it works! To the contrary if I shut down my VZW 3G connection the remaining data apps run just fine over Wi-Fi, however Skype will go offline. At first I thought this odd however but based on this news now I see why. I guess those who tested this don’t realize many of us USE Wi-Fi ? My point is not to shadow those on Android, I myself am looking at the Incredible using Android – VZW needs to FIX Skype to Route over VZW ONLY and not cripple the device!

5. nate_vzw

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

The writer is wrong in saying that Verizon is trying to get you to use your valuable minutes by turning off the wi-fi. Using the Skype Mobile App will never use your minutes. That's the point of the app.

7. ilmobile

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Good catch, the call mimics a traditional voice call on in and outbound. No airtime minutes are being used during those calls.

6. verdict

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

This seems to affect wifi in general. As soon as I installed the Skype for Android app, I started having issues toggling wifi on/off. Uninstalled app, no more issues. Good thing I have no use for Skype on my mobile.

9. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

ahahah sounds like verizon is going back to its 5yr old thinking of ruining all their high end phones My iphone 3gs has everything vzw doesnt!..and yes Skype works over wifi...they are working on pushing the 3g connection soon

14. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

How is this ruining anything? You dont know what your talking about obviously...go back to Perez Hiltons gossip site.

16. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Your Skype works ONLY over WIFI. Get it right, dumbass.

17. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Hey phonedemocracy your a f*ckin moron too! Verizon Wireless' Skype Mobile application DOES NOT work over wifi...at all. I got my sh*t straight tough guy, I work and sell for them. Now remove your foot from your mouth and go read up because you look f*ckin stupid. Thanks, have a nice day! ;)

19. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think he was talking to jcrow saying his skype on his iphone only works over wifi and not the AT&T network. Not 100% sure though.

20. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Just to add insult to injury.... Whats the title of this article phonedemocracy? Yea... thought so.

23. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

If that's the case then i'll apologize for the rant but it does say in response to my comment.

11. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I think most people just like to complain just to complain... I'm sure a group of people somewhere cried out for Skype on their mobile phones. Now its here, but that's not good enough...still complainin. Data is unlimited...as far as I have tested, my DROID runs the same speed using 3G as it does on WiFi...so why would I need WiFi? Ok...some apps run off WiFi. Why can't I just Skype it up and then when I'm done with Skype...go back to the app that I was using. It's not going anywhere. Why do I have to talk on the phone, run Skype, use 6 apps that can run on WiFi, send a text, change settings on my phone, change my battery, stream NFL mobile all at once? People can be so ridiculous sometimes... Skype to Skype calls are free...using Skype to call non-Skype customers uses your anytime minutes. Why is that such a bad deal?

21. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

A couple things.. 1. Data speeds over wifi should be FAR superior to WiFi, if you find 3g is as fast you probably have slow internet. 2. I don't run skype, but I'm guessing it's an app you run in the background to receive calls. If that's the case, having your WiFi disabled would be a bad feature. I agree that some people get a little over the top on some issues, but this seems like a very valid issue.

22. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Corrections to #1 "Data speeds over wifi should be FAR superior to 3g"

12. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

Domestic Skype calls use your verizon minutes only international Skype calls do not use minutes. Read the terms.

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Iinternational uses Skype credits, which is kinda like using minutes just not from VZW. Only Skype to Skype calls are truly unlimited...

15. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Skype mobile to domestic landline or mobile uses plan mins...skype mobile to skype customers doesn't use plan minutes. Skype mobile to international landline or mobile uses Skype credit account. Reread the terms.

24. meoff unregistered

I had to take back an Incredible (Verizon)because the whole purpose for me was to be able to use SkypeIn. Turns out this phone could only do Skype on 3G, not at all on WiFi. That was totally worthless to me as i get 1-2 bars of voice service where I live and 3G was dead. Fair enough Verizon charges extra for a Data plan, but at least let Skype function in an area where there is no 3G! I'll just tote my Ipevo S0-20 around with me and save $30+ a month.

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