fring alternatives

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
fring alternatives are:
Skype, Tango, Nimbuzz, Viber, Facetime, ooVoo, Qik
Here are the latest news about fring:

2011 Skype vs Fring on iPad

Fring was one of the first who released a special messenger for the iPad when it appeared in 2010 and even tried to get people calling via iPad, as via the usual phone. And now Fring one of the first releasing the video chat for iPad 2, and at once with the group video support (fo 4 participants). The application provides the optimized picture quality, works over Wi-Fi and 3G, and can switch between the front and back cameras, but for now can't make SIP calls to regular phones. Also, recently the video showing Skype's video chat working on the iPad has leaked to the Web (see below). Unlike Fring, this application is still under development. But it's a good sign that after the acquisition by Microsoft, Skype continues to develop its apps for the competing (Apple) platforms.

2011 Fring is going crazy: group video calls for iPhone and Android

Thanks God, that there are such startups as Fring. Only thanks to them business technologies are going forward relatively quickly and IT giants like Skype begin to move ass faster and reduce their planning and development cycles that would usually take months and years. While most users still don't know how to make video calls using a smartphone, Fring is coming with group video chat for iPhone and Android (but only in the closed beta so far). Fring's group video call can support up to 4 people and you can see video streams of all participants on the display. Of course, its doubtful that this feature will become very popular in the near future and it will be possible to earn on it. But its exciting that such startup as Fring can afford to develop such innovations.

2010 Skype blocks Fring

Skype Fring
As we have stated, mobile video calls are becoming the next big thing, and it seems, that Fring - is too small company to compete with such giants as Skype, Google and Apple in this market. Last week, Fring enabled making video calls on 3G for iPhone users. This new feature has become so popular that within a few hours after launch, Fring servers couldn't stand to load and Fring decided to temporarily disable support for Fring-to-Skype calls. In a few days Fring expanded its capacity, but Skype support has not been resumed. Today Fring blog has reported that Skype has blocked these calls and threatened to sue Fring. Quote from the blog: "They are afraid of open mobile communication. Cowards".

A few hours later Skype responded in its blog: "An hour or so ago, Fring reported on its blog that we had blocked their access to Skype. This is untrue. Fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn’t designed to be used – and in a way which is in breach of Skype’s API Terms of Use and End User License Agreement. We’ve been talking with Fring for some time to try to resolve this amicably. We actively encourage developers to build products that work with Skype API. At the same time, Skype will rigorously protect our brand and reputation, and those developers that do not comply with our terms will be subject to legal enforcement."

It looks like Skype just decided to take a moment and gently remove the competitor. However, Skype itself has not yet added video calls to its iPhone client.

2010 Fring strikes back (on Apple Facetime)

Fring was the first video chat application on the iPhone. However, without frontal camera, it was not very helpful. But together with the front camera on iPhone, Apple introduced  it's own video chat program Facetime, that supported two-way video calls and immediately replaced Fring. Now Fring strikes back. Today, the strartup has launched the new iPhone app, which also supports two-way video calls, and in addition, has two major advantages over Facetime. First, it works via 3G (and Facetime - only via Wi-Fi), and second, it allows iPhone users to communicate with those who use Android and Nokia S40 smartphones, that run Fring (and Facetime supports video calls only between iPhones). However, the benefits of Facetime - are simplicity and iPhone native integration (to start a video call - you don't need to launch third-party program), and higher video quality.

2010 It's official: Mobile Video Calls is the next big thing

A couple of weeks ago we suggested that Google is going to shift the video communications market (and win Skype), betting on mobile video calls. Today we can accurately say that very soon mobile video chat will become a huge market and the IT giants will fight for it. It's enough to watch the Facetime (iPhone 4 video chat) presentation to understand this. Since June 24 Apple will start selling iPhone 4 with the front camera and video over Wi-Fi in US, and it's obvious that to the and of this year millions of users will make video calls via the iPhone, and Apple will become the world's largest mobile video chat provider. But it will be only the short term win. Then Skype, Google and other players will join the fight.

A few days after Google acquired the Android video chat engine GIPS, the small but very fast-growing company Fring has released the first video chat for Android-smartphones. Prior to that Fring supported mobile video calls on Symbian S60 and iPhone (but only one-side due to lack of front camera). A day later the US operator Sprint 4G released the Android-communicator HTC EVO 4G, which provides free video chat Qik.

A week later Skype added video calls to its Nokia N900 client. In addition, Skype announced that this year video chat will also appear in its Android app. Potentially, realizing an opportunity to call from the desktop to any mobile device and back, Skype could win the new market. In addition, Skype has already begun to explore another related field - video calls via TV.

Mobile Video Calls
According to GigaOM report, by 2015 the number of video calls will increase by almost 10 times (up to 30 billion per year). And every third video call will be over mobile device, and every tenth - over TV.