Nov 18 AT 11:47 AM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

Fring brings free voice calls to Android

Why ring when you can Fring for free? After months of testing, Fring for Android has finally been released to the public. The application allows you to make free VoIP calls over Skype, MSN and GoogleTalk and via hundreds of SIP providers. Fring on Android works over 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi internet connection.

I installed the application, but I have been unable to spend a lot of time with it yet. Early reviews of the service are positive for the most part. The app is free and you have nothing to lose (except time) so check it out and let us know what you think.

Download Fring from the Android Market:

  • Start the Market application on your phone
  • Search for “fring” and install

Download Fring from their WAP site:

  • On your Android phone, go to Settings > Applications and check the box to allow ’unknown sources’
  • Point your phone browser to fring.com and download Fring manually

Full press release from Fring.

London, 18 November 2009. fringâ„¢, the multi-award winning mobile application that lets users communicate and share web-based experiences from their mobile devices, today announces the world’s first full voice over internet support on all Android devices.

From today Android users join millions of fringsters worldwide with free calls, live chat, contact availability status, file sharing and more with friends on fring and several popular social services including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, ICQ, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM*. Centralized from one integrated contact list, fringsters also make calls to regular phone lines via Skype-Out and hundreds of popular SIP services over 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi internet connection.

Avi Shechter, Co-Founder & CEO of fring said, “fring is glad to bring Android users the first free voice calls over fring, Skype, GoogleTalk and SIP, realizing the real potential of their new open, internet-enabled devices.” Shechter continued, “Now Android users can join the millions of fringsters on thousands of fring-supported mobile devices who enjoy the rich features and cost benefits that mobile communication over internet can provide: communicating and sharing social Internet experiences over Wi-Fi or data plan with their friends wherever they are, on the web or on their phones.”

In addition to Android, fring is supported worldwide on thousands of Symbian S60, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Mobile, J2ME and Linux devices.

The brand-new Android version can be downloaded via fring’s WAP site at m.fring.com or directly via the Android Market.

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  • http://www.bimaltailor.co.uk/ Bim

    is this similar to nimbuzz? we need more great apps on the android. come on!!! :)

    • http://gomobi.org gomobi

      It is better than Nimbuzz to my opinion. If I am correct, Nimbuzz for Android doesn’t support VoIP yet.

      • http://www.bimaltailor.co.uk/blog/ Bim

        I’m going to give it a try :D

  • NotSoSilent

    Just started using it, wish it worked through the speaker phone also, but this is great!

  • WootRoot

    When Bradick gtalked me, what he couldn’t see on his end was Fring spammin me. Not cool.
    Example:

    bradick: im guessing that a skype account is needed for free calls

    ____________________________________________
    Take GoogleTalk mobile with fring http://www.fring.com/googletalk

    He cant see the “Take GoogleTalk…” on his end. But anyone its sent to can see it clearly.

  • Rob Koehler

    can’t wait for google voice to start phone service. hopefully we can use that as our SIP provider!

  • http://www.qbit.com.ve Fernando

    Installed it. Loved it. Beats the crap out of the official Skype app.

  • anakin78z

    Awesome. Used Fring on my N95 way back when. Looking forward to having it on my G1

    • anakin78z

      Well, certainly seems buggy as hell, but calling and chatting works well. Every time I return to the app however, all my contacts don’t show up, and I have to exit and re-open. Once reopened, it went ahead and notified me of every single message I got during my last session, which was a bit annoying.

  • David

    Childish UI, vibrates my phone eating battery everytime someone IMs me, and ins. Breaks out each contact by connection creating a lot of list clutter if you have a lot of contacts, doesn’t indicate protocol type of connection. Can’t hide offline contacts. Can’t create names for friends (only displays screen name). Only setting is whether it autostarts on phone boot or not.

    Overall, amateur UI. Hugely overrated.

    • http://gomobi.org gomobi

      There is no option to switch off vibration in Android version of Fring?
      I could disable vibrating alert in Symbian version of Fring.

  • eastldn

    so can i make free skype to skype calls on this app? or is this crap like skype lite app?

  • Jorge Eduardo

    Yes… i have tested it on Samsung Galaxy. The voice quality is not the best but u can hear and yeah, it works for free to make skype to skype calls!

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  • http://Website Taka

    Will it work on CDMA2000 1xRTT (as opposed to only GPRS) for non-3G networks? 1xRTT is faster than GPRS…

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    Sir i have nokia 5800 XM but it does not have facebook when i downloaded fring…plz help me…I want facebook…

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    will fring work on micromax a60 with voice and video

  • http://www.habdas.org/ Josh H

    Running Froyo? Here’s another method that I’ve used to make calls from Argentina back to the U.S. for free: http://goo.gl/VmguF

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    To make free calls and send free text messages to anyone, anywhere in the world, Viber — Free Calls & Messages 2.0.0 is a best application, you should give it a try if you are really in need of this, download here
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  1. BimGuest 6 years ago

    is this similar to nimbuzz? we need more great apps on the android. come on!!! :)

    • gomobiGuest 6 years ago

      It is better than Nimbuzz to my opinion. If I am correct, Nimbuzz for Android doesn’t support VoIP yet.

  2. NotSoSilentGuest 6 years ago

    Just started using it, wish it worked through the speaker phone also, but this is great!

  3. WootRootGuest 6 years ago

    When Bradick gtalked me, what he couldn’t see on his end was Fring spammin me. Not cool.
    Example:

    bradick: im guessing that a skype account is needed for free calls

    ____________________________________________
    Take GoogleTalk mobile with fring http://www.fring.com/googletalk

    He cant see the “Take GoogleTalk…” on his end. But anyone its sent to can see it clearly.

  4. Rob KoehlerGuest 6 years ago

    can’t wait for google voice to start phone service. hopefully we can use that as our SIP provider!

  5. FernandoGuest 6 years ago

    Installed it. Loved it. Beats the crap out of the official Skype app.

  6. Awesome. Used Fring on my N95 way back when. Looking forward to having it on my G1

    • Well, certainly seems buggy as hell, but calling and chatting works well. Every time I return to the app however, all my contacts don’t show up, and I have to exit and re-open. Once reopened, it went ahead and notified me of every single message I got during my last session, which was a bit annoying.

  7. DavidGuest 6 years ago

    Childish UI, vibrates my phone eating battery everytime someone IMs me, and ins. Breaks out each contact by connection creating a lot of list clutter if you have a lot of contacts, doesn’t indicate protocol type of connection. Can’t hide offline contacts. Can’t create names for friends (only displays screen name). Only setting is whether it autostarts on phone boot or not.

    Overall, amateur UI. Hugely overrated.

    • gomobiGuest 6 years ago

      There is no option to switch off vibration in Android version of Fring?
      I could disable vibrating alert in Symbian version of Fring.

  8. eastldnGuest 6 years ago

    so can i make free skype to skype calls on this app? or is this crap like skype lite app?

  9. Jorge EduardoGuest 6 years ago

    Yes… i have tested it on Samsung Galaxy. The voice quality is not the best but u can hear and yeah, it works for free to make skype to skype calls!

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  12. TakaGuest 5 years ago

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  14. noelGuest 5 years ago

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  19. colinGuest 4 years ago

    will fring work on micromax a60 with voice and video

  20. Josh HGuest 4 years ago

    Running Froyo? Here’s another method that I’ve used to make calls from Argentina back to the U.S. for free: http://goo.gl/VmguF

  21. petrozGuest 4 years ago

    To make free calls and send free text messages to anyone, anywhere in the world, Viber — Free Calls & Messages 2.0.0 is a best application, you should give it a try if you are really in need of this, download here
    http://www.freemobifun.com/download-viber-free-calls-messages-2-0-0/

  22. Free callsGuest 4 years ago

    I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m no longer positive whether or not this put up is written by him as no one else know such particular about my trouble. You’re wonderful! Thank you!