Is Fring a victim of too much popularity or a startup that neglected to follow technology licensing procedures? Just days after announcing that Apple had approved the company's third-party video-calling application for the iPhone--running over AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) 3G network in addition to WiFi networks--Fring said it has been forced to stop its interconnection to Skype, because Skype is threatening legal action.
Fring said it saw a huge spike in video calling after Apple approved its app. Fring claims Skype's efforts to block its calls amounts to an "anti-competitive ambush."
Meanwhile, Fring said that since 2006 the company's app has been available to both Fring users and third-party networks such as GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and, until now, Skype. "We are disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness, is now attempting to muzzle competition, even to the detriment of its own users," said Avi Shechter, Fring's co-founder and CEO.
- see this Fring release
- see this TechCrunch article
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