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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Now Talk Over Iphone Free - Forget Your Carrier

Get ready for free VoIP calls on your iPhone. An Israeli company called Fring announced today that it started publicly testing an application for the iPhone called Fring, which allows users to make and receive calls using voice over IP technology. In case there’s any sort of misconception here, Fring bypasses any cellphone carrier and relies solely on an Internet connection to make a call.

But here’s the surprise. Fring allows users to make VoIP calls over 3G or EDGE connections, which is a huge deal. With Fring, all customers need would be a data subscription with their carrier (in case of the U.S., AT&T) and begin making those free calls. According to Fring, the application will dynamically adjust audio quality depending on the type of connection it detects.

This is a big deal for iPhone users, and even Apple itself. The partnership between Apple and AT&T as well as other carriers becomes almost meaningless. Most of the time, with available WiFi access points, you can connect and start making calls. Bypass those pesky long distance. According to Fring:

Make cheap local and international calls to landlines and regular mobile contacts using your SkypeOut account or hundreds of SIP-based providers such as Eutelia, GizmoProject, VoipCheap, VoipStunt, Free World & SIPNET over fring, even from non-SIP enabled handsets.


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doug said...

I was in the VoIP industry before it went mainstream and still tinker around with it today. It's really cool because I started writing apps like this for the old ipaqs years ago and to see what has become of mobile softphones is amazing to me. Great post Rob!

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