Feeds

Fring ties up deal with WeFi

Not a business model between them

The essential guide to IT transformation

Fring has added access to WeFi's alleged 20 million hotspot network to its free VoIP client, in a deal that promotes both companies but still makes no money for either.

For a while Fring, enjoyed being the only way to get Skype onto a mobile, other than Windows. But these days there are quite a few ways to achieve that, so Fring has been forced to value-add in all sorts of unlikely ways. The latest of these is an embedded client for WeFi's community-driven hotspot network, which claims to provide 20 million free-to-use wi-fi hotspots around the world.

WeFi is a replacement for the wi-fi manager on laptops (PC or Mac), or Smartphones using Symbian, Android and Windows Mobile, and reckons to provide an improved interface and greater functionality than the in-built client. It is able to automatically switch to the strongest wi-fi connection, and disconnect GPRS when wi-fi is available, but it also records your location and shares your hotspot experiences with other WeFi users as shown in the helpful video:

In blind deference to the credit crunch, neither Fring nor WeFi has any significant revenue stream, nor much of a business plan to create one. Both companies are busy building up a user base on the premise that if you build it they will come, and once they have come, they will pay to stick around. But neither has any plan to make that last bit happen.

Meanwhile the VCs backing them keep piling in the cash, apparently forever. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.