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Editors' Review

Even if you never use the free Fring app for making VoIP or two-ways calls using Skype or SIP services, it's still a more-than-decent program for chatting with friends on multiple IM networks.

Fring helpfully pulls in contacts from your address book so you can choose to chat, call, or place a video call--the latter depending how fast your phone's processor is and if your chat service will support video calling. You'll be able to IM on GoogleTalk, ICQ, Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger (MSN), and AIM, and you can view Twitter messages as well. Unlike Fring on other mobile platforms, this app does not support photo- and file-sharing.

We noticed some sluggishness at times; the lack of emoticons will detract from the experience for some. Video calls were also of inconsistent quality during our tests, though the new functionality does make Fring a more-compelling app than standalone mobile software like Skype mobile, which at the time of review did not support video calls on Android phones. If your phone lacks a front-facing camera, your contacts will have to either look at the nearby scenery through the camera's viewfinder, or you'll have to turn the phone around so they can see you, but you won't be able to see them.

Also missing is a quick, intuitive way to sign on and off chat services in Fring, and a setting to disable Fring from running in the background without logging off. However, Fring's added boost of talking with friends internationally via VoIP over the data connection or Wi-Fi will make up for some flaws.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.8.0.22

Version 3.8.0.22 has improved quality on an array of new devices and added bug fixes.

General

Publisher fring
Publisher web site http://www.fring.com
Release Date November 07, 2011
Date Added November 07, 2011
Version 3.8.0.22

Category

Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 5.25MB
File Name External File

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Total Downloads 39,001
Downloads Last Week 0

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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