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I have a similar problem. I cannot even start the client. (I do not even get to the login screen). I get the same error message (com.skype.raider was stopped unexpectedly).
I am using a Sony Ericsson Xperia x10
Using skype 18.104.22.168 for android, and the same thing happened to me as well.
Try removing your headphones/earphones or any other peripherals connected to your phone. Apparently, skype does not support those devices. Skype launched successfully after i removed my earphones.
This is but one of the minor problems I encountered with the app. I tried calling my girlfriend but the bloody ringing will not go away even after she has answered the call. The only way to end it is to turn off the phone. Same thing happens when she calls me. Phone keeps ringing and vibrating even after I have answered. Neither cancelling the call, nor force quitting the app will stop it. Had to resort to turning off the phone again to prevent my hand from having an orgasm because of the vibration.
This is a broken app, too many bugs, and completely unusable. I've since removed it.