Earlier today Fring, known for aggregating various IM and VoIP services on a mobile phone announced Fring for iPhone had become available on the Apple App Store. So I gave it a tryout this evening, exchanging chat messages and then a couple of voice calls to Skype destinations.
My quick comment:
- the other party’s voice was both a bit fuzzy and somewhat weak in volume.
- both other parties complained of some echo; I did not hear echo at my end.
- The call appeared to be going out over the iPhone’s WiFi connection.
The benchmark in call quality over a mobile device would be my experiences earlier this week where twice , when my cable was disconnected due to “cable plant” improvements in my neighborhood, I used iSkoot on the Blackberry Bold to call into SquawkBox via the CalliFlower voice conferencing service. Let ‘s just say in the iSkoot calls, the technology was tranparent to the discussion whereas my Fring calls would not have been of sufficient quality to carry on natural dialogue participation in a conference call. While Fring has shown to be a leader in demonstrating the potential to make such a call, it has some work to do to achieve business grade call quality.
More to follow once I will have had a few days’ experience in its use.