fring, announced that it is being forced to stop Skype interconnectivity following threat of legal action.
Skype claims tht this action after four years of compatibility is due fring's mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch. In order to deal with onslaught data overload fring temporarily disconnected Skype.
Since i2006, fing users had access to open 3rd party networks including GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and, until now, Skype.
However, despite fring expanding its network capacity over the last days to serve its enlarged user base, Skype refused to allow fring to restore connectivity to Skype.
Accordingly, fringsters will no longer be able to communicate with their Skype friends the way they want, but can invite their Skype friends to join fring and enjoy unrestricted mobile video calling from any mobile phone, chat and voice services without restriction to a user's mobile operator and the freedom to choose internet connectivity (3G/4G/WiFi).
"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 "We apologize to our users for the impact of Skype's bullying and we will be happy to reconnect with Skype once Skype reverses their decision." Avi continued, "We believe in communication openness and know that users will continue to vote with their mobile phones - opting for fring's innovation, clarity, honesty and openness"