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fringing 2-way iPhone video calls on 3G

Friday, July 9th, 2010

With the new fring for iPhone you get lots of fring goodies including 2 way video-calling where you want and with whom you want!

• Face-to-face video calls with friends on their Droids, Nokia (Symbian S60) and other iPhones
• Video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi (Performance over 3G is subject to mobile operators’ 3G coverage & quality)

Use that fancy new front-facing camera for video calls from the beach or from the mountain top (on 3G or Wifi) to your friends on whatever mobile phone they have. So even if they don’t have an iPhone 4 yet, you can see their pretty faces.

So go ahead and video call Elizabeth on her Evo, Ivan on his iPhone, see Ned on his Nokia or Debra on her Droid.

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Also, the latest fring for iOS4 on iPhone 3GS & 4 includes loads of improved features including:

• Multitasking so you can be always on and available with fring running in the background and alerting you to new video calls, voice calls or chat without proactively opening fring (just like on all other supported phones).

• New Social Stream: A chronological stream of all tweets, facebook updates, chats and calls, all in one place! Easy cross-community communication and simple sorting capabilities.

• A Smarter address book: simply manages your buddy list, merges contacts and more

Have fun and as always, feedback much appreciated!

The fringTEAM

fring is here for the Apple iPad

Monday, May 17th, 2010

fringsters listen up, fring now supports the ever popular Apple iPad. What you waiting for get it now!

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Did you know: Aki Anastasiou of 702 Talk radio in South Africa was the very first person on earth to take fring for the iPad for a test run. Yes even before Steve Jobs or our own fringing technicians had tested this on a real device Aki was fringing away on his iPad.  He also took the very first screenshots shortly before jetting off to the USA and sent them to us to share with the world.

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Thanks for testing Aki, you fringing rock dude!

Guys why not download fring for the iPad today and let us know what you think of it.

The fring Team

Apple iPad striptease

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

fringsters, every wonder what lives below the shiny surface of your latest tech gadget?  You have?

Well wonder no more, thanx to the hard working boys and girls over at iFixit.com you can now virtually dive below the surface of the latest gadgets without voiding the gaurantee of your techno gear.

This weeks ‘teardown’ as they call it over @iFixit is non other than Apples latest little toy the iPad.

On a more serious note: Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

fring for iPhone over 3G on its way!

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

We’re very excited about AT&T’s announcement today (confirmed by Apple) that its 3G wireless network will be open to third-party Internet voice applications on iPhone.

Until now fring users could only use fring on their iPhone over Wi-Fi, so this comes as great news for us and our iPhone fringsters.

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fring’s dev team is hard at work, making sure we will be ready to go once 3G iPhone gates are open . We will be live before you can even say “fring for iPhone over 3G on its way!” with the new feature-packed version we released just today… but also over 3G!

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New iPhone/iPod version: New look, profiles, copy paste and links

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

fring’s latest iPhone & iPod touch version (2.0.0.4) is now available on the App Store, with a new look, more integration between social networks, improved voice and much more!

The new version includes a new user profile, which allows you to update your fring nickname, avatar and mood text, and broadcast it back to your IM friends. You can also see your friends’ avatars and mood texts from other networks – currently on Skype, others coming soon.

You can also now use SkypeOut & SIP to call your friends directly from the fring address book with a much clearer line thanks to our voice team’s big effort to improve voice quality!

If that’s not enough we added- copy/paste & linking capabilities to save you time while chatting away with your friends and speakerphone support for all voice calls.

German users, we got some great news for you too – fring on iPhone/ iPod touch is also now available in your native language!

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As you can see, we’ve been busy fringbees – improving features, introducing new capabilities and always staying ahead of the pack to continue being the ultimate social community hub for your iPhone/ iPod touch.

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So go get the new version today and as always, feedback is much appreciated!

The fringTEAM

Introducing the fringing Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Friday, August 28th, 2009

fringsters put your hands together for the one and only Nokia 5530 Xpress Music.

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This sleek and sexy Nokia handset is now officially available in South Africa and we are excited to announce that fring already lets you take your friends mobile with this great new Nokia device.

Although “Nokia might have been late to the touchscreen game,” it sure is “making up for lost time now by following up the successful 5800 XpressMusic and N97 with the budget 5530 XpressMusic.”

Most of the western world is abuzz after Apple recently introduced the Apple iPhone 3Gs.  Here in Africa though things are different.  Most of us cannot afford the high tech gadgetry on offer from Apple. I mean lets face it, most people here in Africa are just looking for something cool yet low cost which will do the job and boy oh boy does the Nokia 5530 do just that.

Nokia last night together with the launch of the Nokia 5530 and 5630 Xpress Music also launched “Comes with music.” “The service, which offers consumers a year of unlimited access to the entire Nokia Music Store catalogue,  is now available in South Africa. Comes With Music devices enable the consumer to download an unlimited number of the over 5-million digital tracks available on the South African Nokia Music Store http://music.nokia.co.za for a one year period. In addition, the consumer is able to keep all their downloaded music from the diverse catalogue of international and local artists – even when the service period of one year is over – on both their Comes With Music device and dedicated PC.”

This is why in my humble opinion, companies like Nokia will always have market share in Africa. They are making sure that people of all walks of life are able to groove to the beat on a sexy touch screen device. Thank you Nokia ;-)

fringsters if you happen to be one of the lucky few who already has your hands on the Nokia 5530 what are you waiting for download fring today. If you are still thinking of upgrading to a new device, think no more, head over to your nearest cellphone dealer and grab yourself one of these beauties while stocks last.

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Note: I will review the Nokia 5530 more closely in the coming weeks.

Smartphones sales booming world wide

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

During the 2nd quarter of what has probably been the worst year for global economies it is good to see that smartphones sales world wide are still booming with over 41 million handsets shipped.  This is but a small number when you think that during the same time 228 million regular ‘junky’ handsets were shipped world wide.

During this quarter Apple reportedly sold 5.2 Million iPhone handsets, while Nokia reported sales of 5 million E71 and 6.8 million 5800 Xpress Music handsets, RIM sold around 8 million BlackBerries.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the fring family grows in the next few months as more and more people start to investigate the cool features of their newly aquaired smartphone handsets. We look forward to welcoming the 41 million new Smartphone users world wide to the fring family ;-)

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