Fring calls Skype 'cowards,' Skype says Fring is damaging brand and reputation
Popular Social/Messaging/VoIP application Fring made serious waves last week when it launched a new version that supported two-way video calling over 3G for the iPhone 4. Apple's FaceTime iPhone 4 video chat, by comparison, only works while the device is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Very shortly after launching, however, support for the face-2-face video chat was halted. Fring said the feature's unavailability was the result of a blockage by Skype.
"Now that Fring expanded capacity to support the huge demand for video calling for all users, Skype has blocked us from doing so," the service's blog said this morning. "They are afraid of open mobile communication. Cowards."
There is no official Skype video client for any mobile platform except Maemo, but the company reportedly has plans to branch out onto other platforms. Earlier this year, Skype's public relations team made a statement that there will be "a direct to consumer app to the Android marketplace later this year. This application will be available for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers."