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  • Fring, An Early Mover In Mobile Messaging And Video Apps, Sells For $50M To Genband To Build Out WhatsApps For Carriers

    Fring, An Early Mover In Mobile Messaging And Video Apps, Sells For $50M To Genband To Build Out WhatsApps For Carriers

    Fring, an early startup that focused on creating group messaging and video calling apps for mobile phones, competing against the likes of Skype and WhatsApp, is calling it a day as an independent entity: it has been sold to Genband, a provider of services like IP gateways and billing and other services to mobile, fixed and cable carriers. Terms of the deal have not been officially disclosed… Read More

  • Investors Bet Another $10 Million On Fring's Ability To Rival Skype (+ Microsoft)

    Investors Bet Another $10 Million On Fring's Ability To Rival Skype (+ Microsoft)

    Exclusive - Mobile communications startup fring, fresh off the heels of launching group video calls for smartphones, has raised a Series C round of financing from existing investors, TechCrunch has learned. The amount that was raised is actually not being disclosed, but sources close to the company tell us that fring secured another $10 million in venture capital, bringing its total of… Read More

  • Skype Demands Mobile App Nimbuzz Remove Support, Effective October 31st

    Skype Demands Mobile App Nimbuzz Remove Support, Effective October 31st

    Exclusive: Nimbuzz, a popular mobile communication service provider, has been asked by Skype to remove support for all Skype services, effective October 31st. The startup will be announcing the news to its 30 million or so registered users later today. Nimbuzz sees the decision to ask for the removal of support for Skype services in line with the communication software giant’s… Read More

  • Skype Blocks, Threatens To Sue Fring

    Late last week, mobile communication services provider fring released an updated iPhone app that enabled iPhone 4 owners to engage in unrestricted 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G internet with other iPhone, Android or Symbian devices. This garnered a lot of attention, mainly because Apple’s native FaceTime application works only over Wi-Fi and between iPhone users. Hours after… Read More

  • Skype Blocks, Threatens To Sue Fring (Update: Skype Says Fring Is Lying)

    Skype Blocks, Threatens To Sue Fring (Update: Skype Says Fring Is Lying)

    Late last week, mobile communication services provider fring released an updated iPhone app that enabled iPhone 4 owners to engage in unrestricted 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G internet with other iPhone, Android or Symbian devices. This garnered a lot of attention, mainly because Apple’s native FaceTime application works only over Wi-Fi and between iPhone users. Hours after… Read More

  • Fring for iPhone gets one-way video calling

    Fring for iPhone gets one-way video calling

    Last week, Fring took their first step into the video calling space by bringing Fring/Skype video support to a handful of Nokias. Not looking to let the momentum fizzle, Fring has already released their next video-enabled app — this time for the iPhone. Read More

  • Fring Brings Free Video Calling To The iPhone, Nokia Smartphones

    Fring Brings Free Video Calling To The iPhone, Nokia Smartphones

    Apple has long been rumored to integrate video conferencing capabilities in the iPhone, and most expected Skype to incorporate such a feature in its free application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices sooner or later, but Israel’s fring is first to actually do it. Big caveat for starters: the camera on the iPhone 3GS is located on the back, which is handy for recording videos of people… Read More

  • Fring Finds Its Way To The Android Market

    Fring Finds Its Way To The Android Market

    Fring, a tool for social communication through mobile phones, has (finally) landed on the Android platform, enabling users who own one of the many phones that run Google’s free open source system to download and install the application onto their devices for free. With fring, users can make free VoIP calls over Skype, MSN, Google Talk and via hundreds of SIP providers. The app also… Read More

  • eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android

    eBuddy, The Swiss Army Knife For Instant Messaging, Is Now Available On Android

    The Netherlands-based eBuddy, which markets a comprehensive application that lets users handle multiple instant messaging accounts from the web or their mobile phones, is today releasing an application for the Android platform a couple months after Meebo made its similar product available on there (November 2008). The eBuddy application for Google’s open mobile OS is now available for… Read More

  • Mobile Communication Startup fring Bags More Funding

    Fring, the Israel-based mobile call and chat application provider, has closed a Series C round of financing on top of the $13 million it has raised since its inception in 2006. The capital comes from its entire list of previous backers: North Bridge Venture Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, Veritas Venture Partners and VenFin Limited all participated in the round. The actual amount raised… Read More

  • Skype Integration On Handsets: Threat Or Opportunity For Mobile VoIP Startups?

    Skype Integration On Handsets: Threat Or Opportunity For Mobile VoIP Startups?

    Skype is (finally) teaming up with mobile handset maker Nokia to get their VoIP and IM software program pre-installed on some of its devices, as announced at the Mobile World Congress and reported by MobileCrunch. The eBay-owned company had 405 million registered users in total at the end of last year, and Nokia is still the largest handset maker in the world until further notice, so this is… Read More

  • Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Fring Integrates Last.fm Into Its Mobile VoIP Client

    Mobile VoIP and IM service fring, one of the more popular mobile communication services around, is experimenting with porting a bunch of third-party apps to the fring client and will be announcing a number of those in the course of this year. Today, fring is launching a custom mobile-optimized Last.fm music radio add-on that brings a lot of the music recommendation service to the fring client… Read More

  • Fring Lays Off 20%, Says Business Is Surging

    Israel-based mobile VoIP startup Fring joins the layoff parade by letting 10 people, or around 20% of total staff, go. Company CEO Avi Shechter says the company is doing well, though, and the layoffs were to ensure that the company had enough capital to get them past 2009. Schechter also says Fring has recently raised a third round of financing, but declines to specify the amount or investors yet. Read More

  • Fring Trials Ads On Free Mobile Chat/VoIP Application

    Fring Trials Ads On Free Mobile Chat/VoIP Application

    Fring is trialing something it should have implemented long ago if it ever planned to make money: ads. Fring is essentially a mobile VoIP / chat service provider that works on the iPhone and any device running Windows Mobile or Symbian, with platform-agnostic technology that enables users to make free calls using the Fring service itself, Skype, Live Messenger, Google Talk, and other… Read More

  • Fring brings Skype and other VoIP services to iPhone

    Fring brings Skype and other VoIP services to iPhone

    After 6 months of not-quite-official availability for those of us with jailbroken iPhones, Fring, a free mobile Voice-over-IP service (VoIP), has made its way to the App Store. With that, a day that some said would never come has arrived: Skype calls can now be made on the iPhone, no hacks required. Beyond the Skype functionality (which I imagine would be its most popular use), Fring also lets… Read More

  • N96 and N78 get Fring support

    N96 and N78 get Fring support

    Bummed out because the N78 doesn’t offer VoIP compatability right out of the box? Fear not – Fring has got you covered. Apparently using their own VoIP client rather than the Nokia-made client (which Nokia decided not to build into the latest N-series devices) required by other services, Fring has added support for both the N78 and the N96. If you’ve got an N78 or by some sort… Read More

  • Fring adds Nokia E66 support

    Fring adds Nokia E66 support

    Fring has a thing for Nokia as of late, it seems. It wasn’t too long ago that they added N810 support; then two days ago, they added support for the Nokia E71. Now they’ve gone and added the Nokia E66 to the list. I’d point out that there are other handsets Fring can be adding support for, but it seems like they’ve already got most of them covered. If you’re… Read More

  • VoIP On My iPhone

    VoIP On My iPhone

    While most iPhone users are stuck with an iBrick this morning as Apple’ servers can’t complete the last step of the upgrade process, those of us smart enough to take the unofficial upgrade route 24 hours ago are happily trying out new App Store Apps. This morning I turned my iPhone into a VoIP phone by installing the new Truphone iPhone app (Truphone company profile). One of the… Read More

  • Cheap Calls! Truphone Raises £16.5 million In Series B

    Cheap Calls! Truphone Raises £16.5 million In Series B

    UK-based Truphone, a VoIP service provider for Wifi/data enabled handsets, announced a £16.5 million ($32.7 million) second round of financing today, adding to the £12.5 million ($24.5 million) they raised a little over a year ago. What’s that $50+ million being used for? Cheap calls! Like Fring and a slew of others, Truphone allows free calls initiated from between Wifi/data… Read More

  • Fring comes to the iPhone

    We’ve reported on Fring before at CG so there’s not much need to go into details about what they do, but if you’re new to the game then check here for details. Today, Fring launched an iPhone app that runs on jailbroken devices and seems to work pretty well based on the video provided by Fring. Free VoIP calls and IM on your iPhone. Sounds good to me. Grab it here. via TC Read More