So much technology today—the iPhone, video chatting, the whole Internet—truly makes it feel like we’re living in the future, as chronologically impossible as it may sound. So Tuesday’s release of iPhone video-chatting software Fring is, by my math, quadruply amazing.
That’s right. You can now use your iPhone (and even your iPod touch) for live video calls. Fring claims that this is the first public video chatting software available for the iPhone. What it isn’t, however, is the holy grail of mobile video chatting; since the iPhone doesn’t have a front-facing camera at the moment, you’re limited to one-way video. But you can still talk to your contacts’ full-motion heads, while they imagine the look of smug, technologically-superior satisfaction on your face.
Fring promises that when iPhones get cameras on their faces, full two-way video calls will be possible. (The company already supports such two-way video chatting on the Nokia Symbian S60.) One other drawback: despite AT&T’s policy change way back in October, Fring and other VoIP iPhone apps are still restricted from making calls over the 3G network.
Fring works with its own video chat network, and also fully integrates with Skype. Even better, the app is completely free, and runs on any iPhone or iPod touch running OS 2.0 or later.