If you have the constant need and urge to stay connected with your friends, be it in the form of chatting, talking or just seeing what your friends are up to, and you want to do all these on mobile, then Fring is for you.
What is Fring?
Fring runs on your mobile and gives you instant access to Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, Twitter, AIM & Yahoo! buddies on your mobile.
Other features of Fring are:
Free Calls & Chat
Save on your phone bill by placing local and international calls over the internet, rather than costly airtime minutes, & free chat rather than SMS
Know who’s online before dialing
With presence status for all of your contacts
Send & receive files
Send & receive your favorite videos, music, games, ringtones, docs & more with fring’s new file transfer feature
Make cheap calls to landlines & regular cellular contacts
Using your SkypeOut account or SIP provider
No physical limitations
All you need is your mobile phone! No need for a PC, WiFi or special hardware
And best of all, it’s totally FREE!
Almost all Java, Linux, Symbian and Windows Mobile phones are supported. Fring is compatible on most new mobiles, and you can also check for your mobile compatibility on the download page.
I wrote about using JiveTalk (BeeJiveIM) for the same purposes but I think Fring beat them in 3 areas:
1. Fring is totally free. JiveTalk (BeeJiveIM) for Blackberry cost $19.95 although it’s free for iPhone/iPod touch
2. Fring supports more mobile platforms. JiveTalk (BeeJiveIM) only runs on IPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.
3. Fring supports Skype. In fact, it’s the first 3rd party application that I’ve found that supports the Skype protocol. FYI, The skype protocol seems to be the hardest to reverse engineer, and all services/application that does IM consolidation such as Trillian, Meebo, Miranda, Digsby deson’t have Skype supported yet. Having Fring done that is a good example for other 3rd party applications to follow and provide support for Skype.