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Fring Says They Are Being Blocked By Skype [Skype Denies]

Fring Says They Are Being Blocked By Skype [Skype Denies]

Posted July 12, 2010 at 4:02pm by iClarified · 7385 views
Fring has sent out a press release informing customers that Skype has refused to allow the company to restore connectivity to their messenger. After releasing a video calling update to its popular iPhone application Fring was forced to “temporarily reduce support” to Skype to prevent server overload but was apparently blocked from restoring the service.

[Fring] is being forced to stop its 4 years of Skype interconnectivity following threat of legal action. Skype’s anti-competitive ambush comes in the wake of fring’s mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch, which continues to set the standard in rich mobile internet communication. Since its foundation in 2006, fring’s rich mobile communications have been available to both fring users and open 3rd party networks including GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and, until now, Skype. However, despite fring expanding its network capacity over the last days to serve its enlarged user base, Skype is refusing to allow fring to restore connectivity to Skype.

They continued their statement with a vocal blog posting...

They are afraid of open mobile communication. Cowards. Needless to say, we are very disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness is now trying to muzzle competition, even at the expense of its own users. We’re sorry for the inconvenience Skype has caused you.

Skype has since responded saying Fring’s mis-use of Skype software was damaging to their brand and reputation.

Fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn’t designed to be used – and in a way which is in breach of Skype’s API Terms of Use and End User License Agreement. We’ve been talking with Fring for some time to try to resolve this amicably.

However, over time, Fring’s mis-use of our software was increasingly damaging our brand and reputation with our customers. On Friday, for example, Fring withdrew support for video calls over Skype on iOS 4 without warning, again damaging our brand and disappointing our customers, who have high expectations of the Skype experience.

We actively encourage developers to build products that work with Skype, acting, of course in accordance with our various API licences. At the same time, Skype will rigorously protect our brand and reputation, and those developers that do not comply with our terms will be subject to legal enforcement.

In this case, however, there is no truth to Fring’s claims that Skype has blocked it. Fring made the decision to remove Skype functionality on its own.

Fring Says They Are Being Blocked By Skype [Skype Denies]
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Fred - July 13, 2010 at 2:44am
Fring not only has no encryption on your handset, but the data, including passwords, chats, conversations, files, contacts etc. all passes through the Fring company servers, and can easily be monitored by Fring and any sponsors, partners or anyone authorised to do so by Fring.
Fred - July 13, 2010 at 2:43am
Dont use Fring. it's an Israeli company. I would not trust a Software from Israel. See this Article about Fring on : They have control over all your data, they can use it for spy intelligence. think twice before you use Fring.
Rome - July 12, 2010 at 6:25pm
If I want a decent video calling on my phone then I'm better off with the FaceTime feature on my iPhone 4 but the ability to do the same thing using 3G network to any smartphone with front facing camera then the Fring app itself is definitely a good alternative and the only app to do it so for now. Yes it's buggy however, for having the app free I think it'll be useful especially after an update to fix the issues mention above.
miguel - July 12, 2010 at 6:28pm
that is bullshit. if fring comes out with an app then they should do it properly. also it was a fraud to offer skype when they knew it was going to be banned. Fring: get skype or get away
Rome - July 12, 2010 at 8:40pm
Trial and error bud and in this case it's an error, but I'm sure more apps will be available to maximize the functionality of this new feature of the iPhone...hopefully it'll work for the other smartphone as well and not just the iPhone 4.
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