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Fring for iPhone: Now 3G Enabled for Voice/Video Calls!

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The last time we talked about Fring was when the iPhone app was updated with one-way Video Calling via Skype! That was pretty neat, but the downside was that Fring was still limited to WiFi to operate.

Well, fear no more because ever since Apple updated their iPhone SDK to allow VoIP over 3G, it seems the floodgates have opened. Fring has now been updated to allow VoIP over 3G! That means you can now use your Skype account within Fring to make calls over 3G!

This is excellent news as it means for those reluctant to jailbreak to install 3G Unrestrictor, you don’t need to anymore. I tested this just now and it works flawlessly. I deleted Fring from 3G Unrestrictor, launched Fring and was able to connect over 3G! Sweeeeet!

This is Now the Time to Sign Up for a Skype Monthly Plan for Unlimited Calling!

There’s no better time than to sign up for a Skype subscription, like the $3/month UNLIMITED calling plan within Canada and the USA. It’s a no-brainer. Say good bye to those Rogers overage charges to your daytime minutes!

Using 3G to make your voice calls will help you save a lot of money, especially if you need to dial long distance in Canada (and the USA). Are you smiling yet? 🙂

Here’s a snippet of the Fring press release:

LONDON, January 28, 2010, fring, the multi-award winning mobile application that lets users communicate and share web-based experienced from their mobile devices, today announces that fring on iPhone is now available over 3G networks. This announcement immediately follows iPhone’s long awaited decision to allow third party VoIP applications running over 3G networks onto its iPhone App Store.

fring, the first and one of the most popular iPhone applications enabling Voice and Video over Internet, has been available over WiFi internet connection since launching on the iPhone App Store back in April 2008. This announcement means iPhone fring users can now make free voice and video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi internet access, and, depending on their access and preferences at any given time, easily switching between the two to stay connected any time, anywhere.

In addition to enabling voice and video calls over the internet over 3G and Wi-Fi to other fring users, fring users can call their friends on Skype, GoogleTalk and MSN and all their friends on regular phone lines via Skype-Out and hundreds of popular SIP services.

fring is a mobile communication hub that lets users make free calls, video calls, live chat, update profiles, share files and talk with fring friends and friends from several Instant Messaging services like MSN, AIM, GoogleTalk and Skype, in addition to interacting with popular online social networks including Twitter, Facebook and more, all from one integrated fring contact list.

Check the video demo below:

[Fring]

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  • Mr.Lee

    What happens if you receive incoming calls? ( I'm not familiar with Skype of Fring for my iPhone) Getting rid of my expensive rogers plan sounds pretty great!

  • Taz

    How much bandwidth does a call usually take to for data plan users

  • can you receive incoming calls on fring or skype? i was wondering because one of my friends across canada has an iphone too. if we both used skype could we just talk on the phone using 3G?

  • Yes!

    Gary

  • sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. thanks. 😀

  • Mr.Lee

    if somebody calls my number from a landline or mobile device (without skype or fring), will i be able to answer the call using fringe?

  • For heavy usage, the 6GB data plan is recommended.

  • Incoming calls will override Fring.

  • no. in order to get calls on skype you have to have a voip number i believe. voice over IP. voip is different than regular cell phone towers. if you pay for a voip line, then possibly? i'm not sure though but i think so, if not through skype or fring then another service.

  • Dusty

    Great news!

  • Bill

    Just tested it here in Milton. Maybe it's the 3G signal here, but the quality and delay was real bad. It was confusing to have a conversation with the other person cuz of the delay. When they were talking the audio of my voice was only then coming through their end. Approx. 1-2 second delay. not useable IMO.
    I'll try it again in Toronto and see if they 3G signal there might be better.

  • Jordan

    Pretty useless for SIP without DTMF … for me at least. Once it gets DTMF tone capabilities, it will ROCK connecting via our Asterisk SIP box.

    :o)

  • lewiscoughlin

    I tried calling my daughter from Vancouver to Ottawa using Fring over 3g and the sound quality sucked. My voice came over all broken up, implying that the 3g network just isn't fast enough to handle voip calls properly? Or was this just bad luck? Others out there having better luck? In theory, I love the new functionality — but the recipient of the call must be able to understand what you are saying for the feature to be much use… cheers!

  • lewiscoughlin

    I see my comment I just left here echoed your experience.

  • I've yet to have in depth calls with Fring. I do know that Skype over
    3G is amazing. The sound quality is so clear.

    Gary

  • Artur

    Doesn't work for me? I just tried it out. Installed Fring, got myself the unlimited plan and some credit on skype. Tried to cal and it says that I need a wifi connections. Do I need to first update my iPhone to a newer version or what am I doing wrong? I have the iPhone 3G Version 3.1.2 with Fido.

  • Artur

    Well no I got it to work, if you still get the WiFi error message just click on More on the menu bar in fring and click offline. Exit the app and restart it and now it should work. The only problem is that if I try to call someone it immidiatly terminates my call. I hear once 1 ringer 🙁
    Any ideas??

  • George

    It's working great for me on 3g skype to skype calls is amazing but I can't dial out 1888 1800 numbers like I cAn on. Skype with wifi I guess u need credits right on fring if that's the case it won't be no problem cus then I don't have to jailbreak it

  • WarpDrive

    I have a telus iphone. Just installed Fring and it tells me “fring calls only availible on wifi” when I try to SKYPE out.

  • warpdrive

    Nevermind, figured it out. Here it is:

    “How do I get this update?

    You don’t need to do anything to get this update. Just open fring on your iPhone and you are good to go!

    If you still get the message that “voip calls are not allowed…” – Just click on “More” –> “Go offline” and open fring again.”

  • paul

    I'm having the same problem over Fido same version.

  • George

    How much does the skype cost a month 3 plus vat plus tax plus currency change how much is that total a month?

  • Alen

    Hello, fring on my iphone 3gs (3.1.3.) won't make any wi-fi or 3g call, it just say “call terminated”! Why is that?

  • Alen

    Hello, fring on my iphone 3gs (3.1.3.) won't make any wi-fi or 3g call, it just say “call terminated”! Why is that? I'm Skype user.

  • Alen

    Hello, fring on my iphone 3gs (3.1.3.) won't make any wi-fi or 3g call, it just say “call terminated”! Why is that?

  • Alen

    Hello, fring on my iphone 3gs (3.1.3.) won't make any wi-fi or 3g call, it just say “call terminated”! Why is that? I'm Skype user.

  • Does it work on iPhone 4 and iPad? Thanks for reply.

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