Fring which has accused Skype of ordering that an end to the pair’s four-year interconnection relationship in retaliation for it blocking Skype users from its new iPhone service.
On Monday VOIP developer Fring stated that it is being forced to halt its compatibility with Skype under a threat of legal action. Skype denied blocking Fring, but confirmed its allegation that Fring was breaching its terms of service.
Fring, which has offered interoperability with the Skype protocol since 2006, called this particular move of Skype as “anti-competitive ambush”. Fring said in a statement that since its foundation Fring’s rich mobile communication service have been available to both Fring users and to 3rd party networks like Google Talk, SIP, Twitter and until now Skype. However despite Fring is expanding its network nowadays to serve its increased and expanding user base, Skype is refusing to allow Fring to restore its connectivity to Skype. As a result Fring users will not be able to communicate with their friends in Skype but they can invite them to join Fringe.
However, Skype officials have denied the claim that Skype had blocked Fring. They stated that Fring has voluntarily severed the virtual connection between the two services. Though a spokeswoman for the company confirmed that Skype believes that Fring has violated its terms of service, and said that companies that did not comply with the terms of Operation will be subject to enforcement.