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Wed 16 Apr 2008 02:06 PM

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iPhone gets VoIP functionality

Fring develop iPhone IM client that includes Skype, MSN, ICQ, Google Talk

A US based company called Fring which develops instant messaging software for mobile handsets has released a beta version of its IM client for Apple’s iPhone, a client which includes Skype.

The pre-release software was developed in conjunction with the academic research labs at the Holon Institute of Technology. The project began in response to the requests of iPhone users, who have been asking for an iPhone version of Fring for some time.

While the Fring software is currently only available in pre-release form it still allows iPhone owners to use Skype to make free Voice-over-IP phone calls over a wireless internet connection. To install the software users will, however, need a ‘cracked’ or ‘open’ iPhone with expanded functionality.

Fring also includes functionality with MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM.

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