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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.



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].


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]



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]


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]


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  2. Reuters News Video. "'fring' aims to ring in new era". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. "VoIP Interview". 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  4. Luca filigheddu. "fring 3.0 interview with one of the co-founders". Retrieved 2007-03-27. 
  5. "Turn Your Cell into a VoIP Phone". Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  8. Om Malik (2007-12-24). "fring Adds AIM, Yahoo Support". Gigaom. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  12. Kristen Nicole (2007-08-07). "Fring Now Supports ICQ for Integrated Mobile Chat". Mashable. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  13. "Fring starts chats, Skype calls for less dough". CNET Download Blog. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  14. Bill Ray (2008-04-16). "Fring brings Skype to the iPhone". The Register. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  15. Matthew Miller (2008-02-21). "Fring for UIQ updated to include file-transfer support and language localization". IntoMobile. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  16. Fraser MacInnes (2008-02-06). "Fring adds free multimedia file transfer". pocket picks. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  17. "Fring v3.30.06 S60v3 06/02/08 **Update**". GSM Hacks. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  18. "fring auto-roaming delivers mobile internet convergence". Mobile Europe. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  19. Bhagaban (2007-09-10). "Fring adds auto-roaming". VoIP Central. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  20. "Fring Integrates Into Its Mobile VoIP Client". Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  21. "fringAPI shares fringing freedom with web developers". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  22. Ken Wieland. "Fringing in the changes". Telecom Magazine. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  23. Martin Stanford. "The Future Is Very Shiny". Sky News.,,30400-1251428,00.html. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  24. Sky News Video with Martin Stanford. "3GSM World Conference". Sky News. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  25. "AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Access". CNN Money. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  26. Bill Ray. "Fring brings Skype and Symbian together". The Register. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  27. Rhodri Marsden. "Are mobiles just a rip-off?". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  28. Neal Fullman. "Fring on the app store". fring. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  29. Jennifer L. Schenker. "Fring Me When You're Free". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  30. Victoria Shannon. "Start-Up Brings Free Calls to Mobile Phones". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  31. Amy-Mae Elliott. "fring sees 91,000 iPhone App Store downloads". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  32. "The 2007 pulver 100 list". Pulver100. Retrieved 2007-03-05. 
  33. "THE RED HERRING 100 EUROPE 2007". Red Herring. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  34. Bill Ray. "Fring thing comes to Windows Mobile". The Register. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  35. Luca Filigheddu (2007-08-07). "ICQ is back to life with fring". Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  36. "Finalists". The Crunchies. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  37. Max Limpag. "It isn't just ringing, it's Fringing". Sun Star. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  38. Jennifer L. Schenker. "Mobile-Phone Show: The Startups Shine". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  39. "Fring iPhone Chat/Voip App Launching Today". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  40. "Meffys winners showcase diverse mobile entertainment industry". M.E.F. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  41. Michael Gebert (2008-05-21). "2008 Wireless Broadband Innovation Awards - all official category WINNERS announced". WBI Awards '08. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  42. Mike Gunderloy (2008-06-19). "Fring Opens its API". Web Worker Daily. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  43. Alastair (2008-07-18). "Fring adds Linux, Java support". Tectonic. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  44. Simon. "fring now available from the App Store". fring. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  45. Simon. "fringsters welcome the nokia 5800 to the family". fring. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  46. Simon (2009-04-30). "fring closes 3rd round funding; accelerates mainstream accessibility". Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  47. ROY FURCHGOTT (2009-12-07). "App of the Week: Live Two-Way Video Calls". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  48. Marketwire via Fring (2009-12-1). "World's First Video Calls on the iPhone -- Only With fring". Retrieved 2009-12-1. 

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