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November 24, 2009

Fring brings Skype video calls to Symbian devices

Allows users to conduct video calls over device's Wi-Fi or 3G internet connection

By CBR Staff Writer

VoIP provider fring has released a new version of its software for select Symbian devices, which allows users to conduct video calls with other fringsters as well as with Skype contacts over their device’s Wi-Fi or 3G internet connection.

According to fring, the video feature is embedded within the fring application that enables free voice calls to other fring users, Skype and GTalk users as well as others on regular phone lines via Skype-Out and other SIP services.

The company said that fring users live chat, update profiles, share files and talk with friends from several instant messaging services like MSN, AIM, GoogleTalk and Skype, in addition to interacting with online social networks including Twitter, Facebook, Last.fm, all from one integrated fring contact list.

Avi Shechter, co-founder and CEO of fring, said: “As the mobile VoIP trail-blazers since this industry’s inception, we have a responsibility to continue breaking the mobile-internet barriers, and bringing users all the choices, richness and always-on connectivity that internet communications on mobile can deliver.

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“fring was the first to bring Nokia, iPhone and Android users the choice to make free calls together with live chat over their devices’ internet connection, the first to enable cost-saving mobile twitter over internet, and now we’re proud to continue leading the field with the world’s first mobile video over internet including fring and Skype mobile video calls.”

The new fring version with video calls support is available to users with Nokia X6, N97 mini, N97, 5800, N95 8G and N95 devices. In addition, fring supports other handsets on multiple platforms including Symbian S60, iPhone/iPod touch, Android, Windows Mobile, J2ME and Linux devices.

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