For Fring mobile VoIP app, a add-on

Fring adds support for streaming stations to its free VoIP and chat app for Symbian Series 60 phones. on Fring
Fring's add-on will play out first on Symbian S60 phones. (Credit: Fring)

Although Fring has long let you chat with friends over Skype, IM, Facebook, and Twitter, the recent introduction of a add-on is the start-up's first foray into streaming content.

Starting this week, Symbian Series 60 users with the latest version of Fring (for Symbian 9.1 | 9.2) can sign on to their accounts from the Fring add-on's screen.

From there, you can play custom- and public-streaming stations, with the familiar controls to stop, skip, save, and ban a song. There's album art on the mini player interface, and basic details about the song title, album name, and artist name.

There's a social aspect, too. Pressing the "friends" button takes you a screen that shows you what your friends on are listening to, and lets you chat with them using you other IM and social networking add-ons, without leaving the module.

Although support for Twitter was not available for the initial release, Fring promises on its Web site that the implementation is coming soon.

Sorry, Windows Mobile and iPhone users. Fring almost always test-runs on Symbian first before the fun stuff (first file transferring, now music streaming) trickles down to other platforms. But it could be worse--Fring doesn't develop for BlackBerrys at all.

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About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.