Skype vs fring

Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
fring is a peer-to-peer mobile service enabling live chat, audio and video calls from mobile phones. fring technology is a Mobile VoIP based internet telephony service
Comparing Skype vs fring is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Skype has better video than fring

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like fring has more user-friendly interface than Skype because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Skype is more popular than fring

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Skype introduced Professional accounts (in 2017)
- Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps (in 2017)
- Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls (in 2016)
- Skype now allows to make calls without registration (in 2016)
- Skype gets Bots (in 2016)
- Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business (in 2016)
- Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge (in 2016)
- Skype for Web now supports calling to mobile phones, landlines (in 2016)
- Skype discontinues its video messaging app Qik (in 2016)
- Skype integrated with Slack (in 2016)

Looks like Skype was recently more active than fring (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Skype and fring meet head to head:

2010 - Skype to create new products for business to catch up with fring

Skype business
Today Skype has filed an IPO registration statement and plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. Along with the IPO application Skype has published some of the their business stats and plan of its further development. It turnes out that the company is doing quite well. During the first 6 months in 2010 Skype has earned $406 million, that is approximately 25% higher the previous year. Nevertheless, taking into account that the Skype has already more than 560 million registered users (it's more than Facebook), the company's management wants to earn at least ten times more. In addition, they are worried that almost 90% of Skipe's income comes from a single service - SkypeOut. Therefore, the major objective of attracting new investments is the development of new paid of business applications.

What will be those new business apps - is unknown yet. Skype currently offers 2 business products (except the SkypeOut): Skype Manager (the control panel that allows to create employee accounts, pay for them and whatch the statistics) and Skype Connect (the service that allows to integrate Skype with the corporate IP-PBX system). Recently it turned out that Skype has agreed with Cisco and ShoreTel that these PBX suppliers will resell Skype Connect to their customers.

Also, soon to Skype will add group videoconferencing (for 5 persons), which are mainly intended for business and will be a paid service. It's # likely that after the videoconferencing Skype will also add web-conferencing tools to compete with Webex and GoToMeeting. As you know, Skype already provides screen-sharing tool, but it has very basic functionality and only supports one-to-one meetings.

Another possible business product from Skype could be Skype Connect extension for mobile users - the system similar to Blackberry, which enables mobile users access data and services in the enterprise Skype-account. For example, the ability to sync contact list, chat history, access voicemail on the server.

But the most interesting business application that Skype may create - is a virtual PBX - a system that allows to link a local number, set rules of processing incoming calls, set up a voice menu and control the the internal calls in the company. Such service would allow small businesses to operate phone calls without buying and maintaining a traditional PBX device or software.

In addition, on top of such PBX service Skype could built a platform for voice applications and earn license fees just like Salesforce, Apple and Google.