Strange. if the auto-update is off, nothing should happen. Suggestion : auto-update off, uninstall Skype completely. Download old version. Run the .apk file, that should do it.
30-10-2013 12:33 - edited 30-10-2013 13:15
Just fixed my Galaxy Mega 6.3 to Old version
1. uninstall Skype
2. turn off auto update @ Google Play
3. restart your phone,
20-12-2013 11:59 - edited 20-12-2013 12:03
A number of people are reporting that the new Skype 22.214.171.124600 (16/12/13) works well on the Hudl tablet. If you find that it does not suit your needs, try reverting to an older more reliable Skype 126.96.36.19973 (tablet) or alternatively Skype Skype 188.8.131.5282 (mobile), until a satisfactory new version of Skype is released? This is what I, and many others are doing