Fring and iCall Support 3G VOIP and Video Calls On iPhone - HotHardware
Fring and iCall Support 3G VOIP and Video Calls On iPhone

Fring and iCall Support 3G VOIP and Video Calls On iPhone

While AT&T long ago announced it was removing any restrictions on iPhone VOIP application on their network, Apple didn't follow suit. With the release of the latest, iPhone / iPad / iPod touch SDK, that restriction has been removed, and VOIP companies are jumping into the 3G pool.  iCall was the first VOIP company to announce 3G support with their VOIP app. In fact, iCall announced its 3G capability the same day as the iPad announcement, when it also released the new SDK. 


On Thursday, Fring announced the same functionality was now available via its app. In fact, it sounds like all they had was a server-side block on the functionality, as their blog post announcing 3G support notes no new Fring app is required. Fring works with Skype, and allows MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM messaging.  Also, with Fring you can bring up a video call as well, which you have to admit is just plain cool and extremely convenient to reach out to loved ones.

 

Speaking of Skype, in December they said they had a 3G-enabled version ready, but because of Apple's restrictions, they never submitted it. Now users are (rightfully) dinging the company in its forums as Fring and iCall have beaten it out the gate. One would have expected Skype to be first, or at least fast, honestly.

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lol my phone is loaded with apps, it won't mind this going in with it ;)

Any way i can make more room on my iphone? i hit the max pages i can install -.-

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This brings a question to mind for me. This is a phone why would you need a voip on a existing phone. It would to VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) would be using your time either way. So what use would it be because your gonna be clocking minutes either way right?

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This is great, so you could sign up for the cheapest AT&T plan (with data) for the iPhone and just use iCall instead of your minutes...it would still cost around $80.

@rapid1 VOIP, it would be using your data plan (unlimited for the iPhone is $30/month) instead of your minutes.

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Ok I see I was thinking your data plan had a cap. I also thought I heard at&t gryping about high bandwidth usage by a small percentage of customers. If what you say is a deal that small percentage is about to become a large percentage I would think. All you would have to do is get minimum phone minutes whatever the lowest is a requirement and a 30 dollar data plan and you have unlimited calls.

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I thinking this would work better in a family plan. AT&T cheapest iPhone plan costs $40/month anyway. But a family plan of $40 + 3 lines would equal $70. Then add data for each phone...$30 x 4 and you end up with $120 + $70 = $190 for unlimited calling on 4 iPhones. This averages out to be unlimited data and calling for under $50 per phone.

Now AT&T 3G network is much worse so the number of dropped/bad quality calls would be pretty high.

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small correction. cheapest family plan is $59.99 for 550 minutes.

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until240:

small correction. cheapest family plan is $59.99 for 550 minutes.

 

Ooops, thanks, you're right! I also made another mistake. The family plan includes 2 lines already, so you can bump my estimate to $200 before taxes for 4 lines with iPhones.

 

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yeah the data plan stuff is crap. I just have a hard time justifying 40 dollars a month time 4 (160) extra  for 12 months (1920 a year). Thats 2 grand I could use on something much better than a data plan.

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I wonder whats actually going to be available in April when I can upgrade things are rolling out so fast in this market.

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I knid of do hope it's an iPhone.

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A new iPhone?

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I wanted to confirm if voip calls still cut your minutes on att. I have read for sure that vonage on iphone just sucks cos even if you are using it on a data line, att still cuts the minutes for the amount of time you use the voip call. if that is the case with all voip solutions, then there is no point enabling voip calls. Its just another means of making more money as you have to go for unlimited plan!!

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