VOIP provider Fring, who last week rolled two-way enabled video calling on several Nokia Symbian S60 devices, has now introduced one-way (by virtue of the camera position) video calling on the iPhone and iPod Touch.The Fring service is proving to be a popular with social networking communicators looking to use VoIP for a video call similar to Skype.
Phones like the Nokia N97, 5800 and N95 have always allowed for two-way video calling, but the service never really took off. It was typically expensive and clunky, claimed Gil Regev of Fring.
“Hopefully now that it’s free over VoIP, peope will use it,” Regev said “Fring enables it on Skype, and those calls are already very popular. About 30 per cent of their customers use video. Once you enable it on mobile, I am sure it will be popular.” he added.
Since it was launched in 2007, Fring has focused on bringing social networking to mobile VoIP, Regev said.
The service aggregates all of a user’s social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging, into one mobile buddy list. Distinctions on where the buddy list contacts come from becomes irrelevant, as they all are known as “fringsters”. Users can call, chat and now video conference with any of their contacts that use Fring or Skype, as well as friends on regular phone lines via Skype-Out or other popular SIP services. A unique feature of the service is that it also works for calls made from mobile to web-cam enabled PCs, a large market today.
To date, Regev said Fring has about half a million users every month from a list of millions of users around the world. Each are using the free, ad-supported service for an average of four hours per day.