Fring Update Adds Features, Begins Notification Rollout, Gets Ready for iPhone 3.0

Sure some Skype-come-lately may be making a big splash right now, but Fring has been serving up a lot of goodness to a lot of users for a while already (including those in Canada!) and they're by no means done yet. They've just let TiPb know about their latest update, which not only includes a ton of great new features, but lays the foundation for notifications, which will be getting a huge "push" come iPhone 3.0:

You can now choose whether to show or hide your Offline contacts and regular GSM buddies. And for convenience, we’ve moved fring settings to the general iPhone settings, so there’s no need to open fring each time you want to make a small change.

You’ll also notice a small flag symbol in the top left hand corner of the dialer screen, Tap this and you’ll get a list of countries. Select the one you’re calling and the International dial code will automatically be entered making overseas Skype Out and SIP calls even easier.

We’re also just finishing off a notification add-on for this version. This add-on will notify you when your friends are trying to connect with you whilst your fring is closed. This of course includes all the different services (Skype, MSN, Google talk etc)

To make this as useful as possible, we are conducting a gradual roll-out, starting with the UK and US. This service will eventually be in line with Apple’s 3.0 firmware and new notification feature.

Fring is available for FREE from the iTunes App Store. If you've already updated, give it a try and let us know how it works for you!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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rpv says:

has Skype quality been improved?

Muero says:

" And for convenience, we’ve moved fring settings to the general iPhone settings, so there’s no need to open fring each time you want to make a small change."
Argh! Why do people do this? Now you have to EXIT the program to make a small change in settings! How does that make sense?

Rene Ritchie says:

I believe Apple recommends storage of settings in the Settings app :/

jasonact says:

The Settings App is kind of like you Control Panel in Windows or Settings in Mac OS X. Theoretically, it's where you would make certain customization settings that you would rarely if ever change. I believe Apple calls settings that you might change more regularly "Options" and encourages developers to put those in the app itself. I, for one, love the Settings App solution because it creates a "set it and forget it" scenario that doesn't clutter up the actual app. I wish more developers used it properly, though.

spidesol says:

Yeah best thing about fring is that it works over 3G

Muero says:

I see your point about more permanent settings versus frequently used options, but I still don't think I like it. I often download a new app, use it for a week or two, adjust my usage to its quirks, and only then accidentally discover it has settings outside the app. I'm sure I've deleted (and rated poorly) some apps because I never thought to check Settings to see if I could make it work better. And a lot of apps have the more frequently used stuff in the iPhone Settings rather than inside the app.

iPhone 3G says:

nuh-uh, only if you get the jail-break version

spidesol says:

I'm running 3.0 beta 2 and my fring works over 3G I didn't do any jailbreak I just turned off wifi and it works I haven't tried it outside of my house away from my wifi but I'll test it later

DDay says:

I'm with Muero. It's a pain in the ass

Deon Stakelin says:

Exceptional site, where did you come up with the info in this write-up? Im glad I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.