Fring offering Four-Way Video Chat takes on FaceTime

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Free mobile communication Fring just came out with a new update, allowing this iPad optimized app to be used for video chats with up to 4 users at the same time. It’s just another impressive feature that this slick app has recently offered, giving it an edge over many other mobile communication apps. The update adds further compatibility and connectivity fixes to this free app, available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, if running iOS 4.0 or later.

New to Fring? Check out some of the nice features this app offers,  as it offers some pretty stiff competition for the FaceTime app that comes with most new iPhones and iPod Touch devices. It does this by offering video chat over the cellular carrier’s 3G network, instead of only WiFi like FaceTime. Of course, if you would rather use a local WiFi network, Fring also supports such connections. Also, and perhaps even more impressive, is the capability for four way video chat! Imagine being able to talk with not one, or two friends, but up to three different friends using Fring. It’s quite a nice feature, allowing for some pretty nice options in video chat. Like some other iPhone apps, Fring lets you call landlines or chat with buddies through it.  There’s also Bluetooth support for the iPhone, drag and drop navigation, and much more!

 

While Fring is nowhere as widely known as VoIP giant Skype, Fring offers many of the features of Skype (with some other options) for free! Group video chat in Skype isn’t free, thus giving Fring a nice edge in this area. It will be fascinating to see if Fring is able to seriously cut into Skype’s virtual domination of the VoIP market. Skype was recently acquired by Microsoft and some commenter’s have remarked on the possible detrimental changes of this acquisition, specifically in Microsoft’s ability to stay flexible.

Fring iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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