The punches are flying between Fring and Skype

The fighting words have been flying between VoiP clients Fring and Skype over the past few days. In what Fring has described in their company blog as well as in an email to its users, “we are very disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness is now trying to muzzle competition, even at the expense of its own users.”

The gloves don’t come off there. In an email to Skype earlier tonight, Chaim Haas, Senior Vice President of Technology & Emerging Media at Kaplow PR said that  Fring chose to remove Skype functionality of their own accord.

In an official statement, Skype added, “We [Skype] have been in discussions with Fring regarding our belief that Fring is breaching our API Terms of Use and End User License Agreement. Skype is disappointed that an amicable resolution was not possible. There is no truth to Fring’s claims that Skype blocked them, it was their decision and choice to withdraw Skype functionality. Skype will rigorously protect its brand and reputation and those companies that do not comply with our terms will be subject to enforcement.”

Skype did not comment when asked if and when the software communication magnet had plans on bringing video calling to a specific phone operating system such as iOS or Android. However, a Skype spokesman did say the following:

“It’s clear to us at Skype that the next generation of innovation involving video calling will not be bound to the computer and that mobile video calling will become increasingly important to our customers in the coming year. We’re seeing a proliferation of video calling shared between all kinds of connected devices. It’s on computers, TVs, and it is starting to come to mobile devices too, such as Skype video calling (over 3G) on the Nokia N900. We envision a world where video plays a larger role in the way we communicate. We’re betting big on video, and we intend to set the bar on mobile video calling.”

To top that off, Apple will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. PST to address the latest complaints about the iPhone 4.

Its just starting…

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