Fring is a free VoIP and video calling service, letting you make free calls to anyone who also has the Fring software. Through a robust set of add-ons, Fring can also connect to Skype and Gtalk, among other services.
Which begs the question: Why did Apple and AT&T allow this bandwidth-eating Fring update to hit the App Store? My worst guess is that the danger of excessive bandwidth consumption isn’t as steep with Fring simply because it’s not loaded onto the phone by default.
More likely, I think, is that Fring doesn’t pose a great 3G threat because the call quality doesn’t match Facetime. I haven’t tried it myself, but as Gizmodo notes, Fring is prone to lag, jitters and drops in voice quality. A Twitter search for “Fring quality” turns up similar remarks. I’m just speculating, but perhaps Fring doesn’t demand as much data as Facetime.
And that’s fine. As a free app that goes where Facetime won’t, Fring doesn’t need to be perfect. It just has to work.
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