Did Skype block fring, or fring ditched Skype?

Fring and Skype have been good buddies over the years (4 years, more exactly), but their collaboration has just ended.

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.”

Of course, this wasn’t welcomed by Skype, which now claims that “fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn’t designed to be used – and in a way which is in breach of Skype’s API Terms of Use and End User License Agreement” and, over time, the alleged misuse has increasingly damaged Skype’s brand and reputation.

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.

Author: Florin

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