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fring is a peer-to-peer Mobile VoIP based internet telephony network founded by Avi Shechter,[1] formerly co–CEO of ICQ and a VP at AOL[2] co-founded by Boaz Zilberman[3] and Alex Nerst.[4] fring enables users to talk and chat using Skype, ICQ, Google Talk, MSN Messenger / Windows Live Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Messenger and SIP providers.[5] fring is headquartered in Israel, and has representation in Italy, UK, Taiwan and Germany.

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Description

All fring calls are routed to a VoIP gateway and PSTN termination server. Calls destined to GSM and PSTN networks pass through a circuit switch such as Skype or SIP. Calls to VoIP users continue through the VoIP gateway to their destinations. Support for DTMF dialing in available for Symbian devices[6].

Features

Feature set is platform-dependent and may include: [7]

fring API

The fring Application programming interface is an open API that gives developers access to fring's core network and mobile client. [20] The API opened to developers on the 18 June 2008. [21]

History

Launch

fring launched its P2P service during January 2007,[22] offering MoIP (mobile VoIP)[23] talk and chat over mobile phones via 3G,[24] GPRS or Wi-Fi Internet connections.[25] fring based communication utilizes existing 3G data plans instead of GSM (talk) minutes.[26][27]

Growth

As of October 2008, it is reported that more than 200,000 new users from 200 countries are now downloading, installing, and registering to use fring each month.[28][29][30] fring clocked 91,000 downloads in the 24 hours after it was launched on the App Store.[31]

Major events

  • January 2007: fring launched
  • March 2007: Named in the 2007 pulver 100 list.[32]
  • March 2007: One of the winners of The Red Herring (magazine) 100 Europe 2007 awards.[33]
  • May 2007: Launches customised mVoIP for Cloud users
  • June 2007: fring available on Windows Mobile[34]
  • August 2007: fring enables ICQ chat and talk
  • August 2007: fring completes 2nd round funding
  • August 2007: fring available on UIQ[35]
  • January 2008: fring nominated as one of The Crunchies finalists[36]
  • February 2008: fring 3.30.6 is released, with additions such as free file transferring and real time chat chat notification[37][38]
  • April 2008 fring becomes the worlds first VoIP application to support the iPhone.[39]
  • May 2008 fring walks away with both the prestigious MEFFY Award[40] and the WBI Award.[41]
  • June 2008 fring API is released.[42]
  • July 2008 fring supports Java J2ME and Linux handsets.[43]
  • October 2008 fring is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch.[44]
  • Official Fring app for iPhone and iPod Touch limted to WiFi for VOIP due to Contractual Agreement with Apple
  • fring adds support for the much anticipated Symbian 5th edition the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. [45]
  • April 2009 fring closes 3rd round of funding. [46]
  • November 2009 fring is launched on Android market.
  • November 2009 fring introduces the world's first mobile video calls over internet on Nokia handsets. [47]
  • December 2009 fring adds videocalling feature to iPhone. [48]

References

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  7. http://www.fring.com/versions/
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  45. Simon. "fringsters welcome the nokia 5800 to the family". fring. http://blog.fring.com/southafrica/index.php/2009/03/04/fringsters-welcomes-the-nokia-5800-to-the-family/. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
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