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RELEASE: fring launches next generation IM and VoIP client with new features
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 05.02.08 - 11:23:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 15071x
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fring today announced the launch of a new version of its popular free to download, free to use mobile phone application, packed with additional features which enable anyone with a compatible handset to talk, chat, and interact with other fring users (fringsters) from their mobile phones. The new feature-rich fring offers an enhanced chat client, unique file transfer functionality and local language options.
Over the past 12 months since the soft launch of its service, the fring offering has developed rapidly, and with its next generation version launching today, fring is going beyond it's mobile VoIP heritage, evolving into a mobile internet service & community in its own right, enabling users to talk, chat & interact with other fringsters and with all of their favorite online communities, from their mobile phones.

With fring's new file transfer feature, fringsters can swap music tracks, pictures, video clips and other files between each other, from mobile to mobile and mobile to PC quickly and reliably without the need for MMS, cable, Bluetooth or Infrared connections. And because its fring, the connection is made via the phones' mobile internet capability, using the already paid for data plan, so there's no extra cost. fringsters simply choose whether to send the files from fring to fring, or via their PC with their MSN2 application.

fringsters enjoy voice calls over the mobile phone's internet channel, and real-time instant message chat instead of SMS with a new comprehensive list of the favorite internet communities from their mobiles – fring, Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, and now Yahoo! AIM, with familiar PC-style indicators that cleverly display whether their contacts are online, away, offline, in a call, on their mobiles or in front of their PCs.

The new fring version has enhanced chat features including new real-time displays alerting the user of new incoming chat, real time typing indication and easier navigation between different chat windows, making for rich PC-style interaction.
fringsters can also choose to activate the fringME! web feature, making themselves contactable from any PC via their own web pages, blogs, home pages, E-Mail signatures, MySpace, and soon Facebook pages. A fringster can add the fringME! feature to almost anywhere he or she has an internet presence.

fringME! also allows fringsters with GPS enabled handsets to choose whether to have their real-time location displayed via a pop-up GoogleMap.

Furthermore, in response to fring's phenomenal international growth (users in more than 160 countries in 12 months!) the new client version is now available in seven language options - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Chinese.

fringsters can continue to benefit from:

  • Free voice calls (VoIP) using any mobile Internet connection to local and international calls
  • Real time, live chat with all your fring and PC based IM buddies
  • One contact book – integrating all your mobile and online community contacts from fring, Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, and now Yahoo! and AIM
  • Instant visibility of which contacts are online and available with color-coded contact icons
  • Low-cost calls to landlines and regular mobile contacts using SkypeOut or SIP provider accounts

fring is compatible with most Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 smartphones (Standard, Professional and Classic) and requires an internet connection of any kind. The new fring client is available from tomorrow.

Cheers ~ Arne

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