The makers of the cross-platform communications app fring are calling Skype "cowards
" and Skype is threatening to sue
, as disputes between the two VoIP developers erupted into open warfare. The point of contention is fring's video chat feature, which allowed for Skype video calls over 3G, until Skype pulled the plug. Skype claims that the service is being blocked because fring breached their developer agreement, while fring is accusing Skype of being "afraid of open mobile communication."
The fring app has enabled two-way video calling for some time, allowing Android and Symbian users to go face to face. The iPhone app let you see your cross-platform buddies, but chats were, of course, one way until the iPhone 4's front-facing camera
. The fring app had allowed video calling using GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and Skype until iPhone 4 users calling their Skype contacts "stressed capacity" on fring's network
. As a result, fring pulled the Skype add-on. They claim that when they attempted to restore connectivity after "expanding its network capacity," Skype blocked them. In an angry blog post
, fring apologized to its user base "for the inconvenience Skype has caused you."
Skype legal honcho Robert Miller shot back, saying it was fring's decision: "Fring made the decision to remove Skype functionality on its own," Miller wrote on the Skype blog
Skype is threatening to sue fring, nothing that "those developers that do not comply with our terms will be subject to legal enforcement," though it doesn't seem like fring is that interested in working with Skype in the future.