Fring has introduced free simultaneous Group Video calls for iPhones and Android devices that connect as many as four fring friends simultaneously during one, high-quality session, the UK-based company announced. Users can also make free 2-way video calls, voice calls and chat with friends using Android, iPhone/iPod touch and Nokia smartphones.
“Fring leap-frogs sluggish, expensive PC Group Video Calling solutions by giving users the world’s 1st mobile Group Video service, free. There is no reason why users need to run home to their PC in order to have a ‘spontaneous’ video call with their friends and family,” according to the press release.
Using its proprietary DVQ technology, Fring touts that it is the first company to bring group video to mobile handsets across platforms, just as it was the first to offer mobile video over Internet calls in 2009. Calls are enabled via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connections. Fring’s app is available at Apple’s App Store and the Android Market.
Fring hasn’t been without controversy. An early feud with Skype of all people, had their service blocked at one time. The fring application illustrates the ongoing development of bringing video calling to the mainstream. Will fring be a long term player? Who knows. But video calling is indeed a reality and customer’s expectations for it will only rise.