iPhone only: Fring, a VoIP and chat app for the iPhone, got a nice update this week that lets users make video and voice calls over a 3G connection. Best of all, it’s still free.
We’ve mentioned Fring before because it’s a great way to turn your iPod touch into an iPhone, but until now the only way you could make calls with it was via Skype. The new update bypasses the need for Skype and lets you call or video chat with your contacts right from Fring using your iPhone’s 3G connection (and, of course, Wi-Fi when you’re near a hotspot).
If you already have Fring on your iPhone, you don’t need to download anything else. The app will auto-update the next time you open it. If you get an error message on your first attempt at a voice or video call, click on More -> Go Offline and open Fring a second time.
Even if you don’t have access to a 3G connection (we’re looking at you, unlockers), Fring is a great app to have around anyway. It keeps you connected to all the friend and buddy lists you have spread out all over the place on AIM, Google Talk, MSN, and so on.