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Fring joins the long line of iOS apps using VoIP technology to connect you and your friends through video calls, voice calls, and chat. This free app is a no-brainer to set up, and even beginners will understand how the app works without reading any Help files or watching tutorials. Despite its ease of use, we weren't impressed by the video or voice quality.
Fring's user interface is very intuitive because it's based on our everyday use of the phone. We liked the idea of having video calls with multiple friends simultaneously using Fring's Group Video call feature. Just like any other VoIP communication app, you have to have your friends on your Fring contacts list, but the app will find those friends as soon as you allow it to go through your address book to find those already on the network.
Although we loved the design and its intuitiveness, we can't say the app performed as we expected. Instead, we were annoyed by the video and voice quality of a Fring call. We have to note here that we used a very fast Wi-Fi connection, only to see the poor network quality message displayed. Another feature that makes Fring communication-unfriendly is that you have to be logged in all the time (similar to Skype), which makes the app a battery and data hog, while its counterparts, such as the native FaceTime or third-party Tango app, deliver the call without the need for the app to constantly run in the background.
Overall, Fring is off to a great start with this easy-to-use app, but we were left feeling that more work needs to be done to smooth the rough edges. Meanwhile, you might be tempted to choose from the variety of free VoIP apps offering better sound and video quality.
Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat* Group Video Chat with 4 friends video chat at the same time!* Video chat on 3G,4G & WiFi with DVQ technology (more below)* FREE calls to other fring users worldwide * FREE live text chat (no more expensive SMS)THE ULTIMATE VIDEO CHAT APP Optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPodTouch The ONLY GROUP VIDEO CHAT app. Group Video with friends on iPhone/iPod/iPad or Android phones. Up to 4 participants can group video call, jam, reunite, sing, dance or whatever you do when you get together. 4 friends on 1 screen.The HIGHEST QUALITY Video chat possible! fring's video calling DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) gives you the best video and audio quality possible by automatically and continuously adjusting your video call quality to match your connectivity.Get fring and get* The only free mobile Group Video Call service in the world!* Video call/Call any other iPhones, iPod touches, Android, Nokia and more* See your friends real-time status; you can chat with your friends before video-calling them * Great for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch* Fun and easy to use CALL REGULAR PHONE #s WORLDWIDE FOR CHEAPIf you have family & friends not yet on fring, buy fringOut credit (via iTunes) and call regular landline or mobile # worldwide for cheap!Use iTunes subscription for fringOuts unlimited monthly calling to 40 destinations for only $6.99/month (or E5.49/month). The monthly subscription automatically renews. You can turn off the auto-renewal any time from your iTunes account setting (must be 24hrs prior to renewal date to ensure next payment does not take place)Learn more at www.fring.com Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fring Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/fring Follow our blog at http://www.fring.com/blogHaving issues with fring or one of fring's features? We appreciate your feedback. Please email us with a description of the issue to firstname.lastname@example.org
What's new in this version:
New iOS5 optimized version. fring group video chat, calls and chat now iOS5 okay fringOut Dialer for iPad. Now it's even easier to use your iPad as a phone: the dialer makes it easy to enter any international phone number to take advantage of fringOuts cheap worldwide calls Bug fixes for improved stability