Updated: November 12, 2019
fring was 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
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
2010. Fring strikes back (at 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.
2008. Fring VOIP and chat client goes mainstream
The iPhone app Fring , which acts as a VOIP client for Skype and other internet phone networks, as well as a voice and chat interface into IM networks like AIM and Yahoo, is now available for free to everyone. Previously it only ran on Jailbroken iPhones, severely limiting its audience.On the iPhone, Fring can read both your IM and Skype buddy lists as well as the contacts in your phone's address book, and when you select a contact, you get the option of calling him or her by SIP call, Skype, or standard cellular. VOIP calls obviously don't count against your cellular minutes, but you do need to have a WiFi connection to make the calls. The biggest challenge for Fring users is that it can't notify you of incoming calls or chats, nor indicate your presence to buddies, when the app is not actively running in the foreground on your phone. Apple has yet to provide background notification capability to iPhone developers, although we keep hearing it will be in an upcoming release.