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Fring: Skype/VoIP Calling on the iPhone is Back!

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Did you ever use Fring during the jailbreak days of 1.1.4 firmware? Well, Fring was developed by an Israeli company and it allowed making Skype calls on your iPhone using WiFi. The version we reviewed at the time was pretty buggy but the concept itself was awesome. You could even call contacts on Google Talk, MSN, AIM, you name it!

Anyways, Fring has now made its debut in the App Store! The best part is that it’s FREE, plus there have been some considerable improvements in stability and the interface. It’s much easier to use and look at, plus with my trial of the app tonight it worked flawlessly.

I connected my Skype account and started making calls via WiFi using my SkypeOut account. I was able to call some family overseas and the clarity in the speaker was excellent! They could hear me very clearly as well. Obviously if your WiFi signal is strong it will work even better.

I also tested out making a voice call via Google Talk. I called one of my contacts via WiFi and that was great too. The chat function also works very well too with a very distinguishable notification tone. Fring has been much improved since its early days and this new version has gotten me HOOKED. Too bad at the moment Fring cannot make calls using 3G or EDGE. Imagine the pandemonium if people could use their data to call folks! We’d save some money that’s for sure!

Of course, now that Fring is available in the App Store that means no need to jailbreak to download the app! However, jailbreaking does have its benefits but it’s up to the user to decide if it’s worth it or not. Go get Fring and tell about your experience with it. This is a wicked application and one definitely worth owning an iPhone for!

You can read Fring’s iPhone user guide here.

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  • ZCH

    It’s a great app if it worked, unfortunately I’ve got unlimited skypeout to North america and it doesn’t seem to work, it just gives a couple rings and terminates…i’ve tried the + or 00 before the number (i.e. +14161111111 or 0014161111111) but nothing seems to work, i think the servers may be a bit overloaded.

  • ZCH

    It’s a great app if it worked, unfortunately I’ve got unlimited skypeout to North america and it doesn’t seem to work, it just gives a couple rings and terminates…i’ve tried the + or 00 before the number (i.e. +14161111111 or 0014161111111) but nothing seems to work, i think the servers may be a bit overloaded.

  • Jan

    Got it today. Works well for IM. It has a better interface than +IM. Check it out people!

  • Jan

    Got it today. Works well for IM. It has a better interface than +IM. Check it out people!

  • Great to use if you are on the road, and don’t want to use up your Wireless Carrier Minues (you have to have a WiFi hotspot of course).

  • Great to use if you are on the road, and don’t want to use up your Wireless Carrier Minues (you have to have a WiFi hotspot of course).

  • apple guy

    try 001 before each phone # if you are using skype out / unlimited north America plan.
    it works for me.

  • apple guy

    try 001 before each phone # if you are using skype out / unlimited north America plan.
    it works for me.

  • atlong

    Can I use skype to make long distance calls through wifi?

  • atlong

    Can I use skype to make long distance calls through wifi?

  • mark

    Hopefully someone hacks it to work over 3g.

  • mark

    Hopefully someone hacks it to work over 3g.

  • dude

    Wow. Nice find. I used Fring to call my sister in the UK using ‘skype out’ and the call quality was very good with little lag. Then I called my brother in the US and there was a bit of lag but the sound quality was quite good!! All I needed to do was add + as in +1716-555-5555 and in my sister’s case +44 etc.

    Thank you for posting iphonefan!!

  • dude

    Wow. Nice find. I used Fring to call my sister in the UK using ‘skype out’ and the call quality was very good with little lag. Then I called my brother in the US and there was a bit of lag but the sound quality was quite good!! All I needed to do was add + as in +1716-555-5555 and in my sister’s case +44 etc.

    Thank you for posting iphonefan!!

  • Assuming you have a skype account that supports this.. then yes.

  • Assuming you have a skype account that supports this.. then yes.

  • leopod

    3G hack out in the wild:

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1981

    Also, for those who jailbreaked, ‘backgrounder’ via Cydia is quite useful for this kind of app…does what it says

  • leopod

    3G hack out in the wild:

    http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1981

    Also, for those who jailbreaked, ‘backgrounder’ via Cydia is quite useful for this kind of app…does what it says

  • EZ

    hey, I had the same problem. try 0011(area code)XXX-XXXX worked for me.

  • EZ

    hey, I had the same problem. try 0011(area code)XXX-XXXX worked for me.

  • dude

    I found the Fring.ipa (patch – through rapidshare) but it will only work with Jailbroken iPhones. I can’t be bothered to Jailbreak mine….

  • dude

    I found the Fring.ipa (patch – through rapidshare) but it will only work with Jailbroken iPhones. I can’t be bothered to Jailbreak mine….

  • One has appeared already but we won’t be posting how to do it due to potential legal issues. Google is your friend.

  • One has appeared already but we won’t be posting how to do it due to potential legal issues. Google is your friend.

  • dmurray

    So I don’t even need a voice plan if I have Skype and fring-3g… infact, maybe all i need is an ipod touch…. hmm… no wonder the appstore version wont support fring-3g… /ponders…

  • dmurray

    So I don’t even need a voice plan if I have Skype and fring-3g… infact, maybe all i need is an ipod touch…. hmm… no wonder the appstore version wont support fring-3g… /ponders…

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