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Fring Update Brings Video Chat Between iPhone and Android

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Jul 8, 2010, 3:44 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Fring announced an update for its iPhone app that adds unrestricted video calling between the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS (with iOS4) and any Android or Symbian S60 phone. The two-way video calling will work over Wi-Fi or 3G networks, unlike Apple's FaceTime, which only works over Wi-Fi. The new app also includes Twitter stream integration, multitasking, and a revised address book that merges contact lists from across applications. The new version of Fring for the iPhone is free.



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Daniel Dc5

Jul 8, 2010, 4:12 PM


I dont want my Android talking to a Iphone, its better then a apple. Fring is a great application and will work great on both platforms. I am wondering, is it free on the iphone as it is on the ANDROID?
Yes you estupid.... It says:

Article said:
The new version of Fring for the iPhone is free

Right in the article...

Jul 9, 2010, 9:42 AM

AT&T Planned for this to happen

AT&T knew that facetime had a source code attached to at and knew that developers would make apps that could make video calls over 3G. That's why they changed their data plans and no longer have unlimited plans. AT&T is praying that people make video calls so they have justification to charge their customer more money for going over their data cap.

The loyal iphone fans probably dont have to worry because they already have unlimited plans, but once video calling hits the mainstream audience, people are going to want the iphone and that's when AT&T will strike. Their like a rattlesnake that tempts you with the rattle of the iphone 4 and when you are dumb enough to come close for a nibble....BAM!!! you are caught in the clutches of their 2...
If AT&T is a simply evil company, or if the data plans end up working for a lot of people.

I, for one, am setting up my second iPhone 4 add-a-line for my girl with the $15.00 data plan since she uses wi-fi at work and at home. It's going to keep m...
From the look of it, it's merely using the front facing camera and using Skype's video chat software (coded for iOS)

From the facetime announcement, it seemed that Steve was pushing facetime as a codec for other platforms to use, not as the API tha...
It's actually pretty conservative in data usage.

Fring has decent compression, and since video chat has been available worldwide for years now, they've had a lot of time seeing what codecs worked and which didn't.
If they were trying to nail you on charges, why did they purchase 2 major WiFi providers to provide more WiFi areas and then make those areas free to anyone that has a data plan.

Also they are working on a plan to allow your data connection to work...

Jul 8, 2010, 10:09 PM

Too glitchy to take off

Although I'm glad to see video calling over 3G, the truth of the matter is Fring is utter crap. Android users may have standards low enough for Fring, but it's less hassle to find a WiFi hotspot and Facetime the call than it is to try and use that piece of crap.
Shh, it's better if you don't speak.
yea i love android but i gotta say facetime has the video-chat quality , however i say that's a small price to pay for being on tmobile 3G with my g1 on fring and im web caming live. it's pretty ill to be doing that while not confined to indoors and n...
bluecoyote said:
Although I'm glad to see video calling over 3G, the truth of the matter is Fring is utter crap. Android users may have standards low enough for Fring, but it's less hassle to find a WiFi hotspot and Facetime the ca
Fring connects fine android to android and works very well. So all they need to do is update the apple side of it.

And it's not "easier to just find wifi for facetime" because atm, the only thing supporting facetime is the iphone4.

Fring, and s...

Jul 8, 2010, 7:53 PM


...the 'Droid Boys and Apple-wienies can video flame each other.

Droid-boyz sounds like something from Dawn of War... Just saying

Jul 9, 2010, 9:25 AM

"This changes everything, again"

Alright already, I'm a fanboy, an iSheep, I drink the Steve Jobs coolaid, I am a Crapple fan blah blah blah....

Now that we've gotten that out of the way...

How awesome is it that Apple has made FaceTime with an open source code??????????

Let the Video Chat Application wars begin!

Hopefully we can all recommend the best apps to each other and work toward the goal of mass-productivity rather than battle over who's OS is the best.
There is nothing open about the iphone. Android and Apple can not be friends, just like McGruff took a bite out of crime, Android will take another bite out of Apple!!
But why didn't they integrate their facetime tech with other video mediums?

again, they released a new code, and expect everyone else to adopt it. Facetime is nice, but other than the fact that it's built into the OS, there's nothing that shows it...
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