Did Skype block fring, or fring ditched Skype?
Fring announced that Skype has blocked fring’s access to its services, resulting in “fringsters not being able to communicate with their Skype friends the way they want.”
On the other hand, Skype says that this is not true, since “fring made the decision to remove Skype functionality on its own.”
So what happened? Well, after launching 2-way video calling for iPhone 4, fring saw a “huge jump in video calling” and needed to “to free up capacity” on its servers so that fring-to-fring calls could work properly. The company chose to free up capacity by “temporarily reducing support to Skype.”
Fring says it has tried to restore connectivity to Skype, but “Skype is refusing” to let it do so.
While the truth is somewhere out there, the fact is that fring users can no longer communicate over Skype – and this, indirectly, is because of the huge success the iPhone 4 has.