Fring, a free communications service available for a number of different mobile platforms that brought 2-way video calling to the iPhone 4 earlier this year, announced that its low-cost international calling feature announced in September is now available. Through fringOut, international calls starts at $.01 per minute or even lower with special holiday rates currently in effect. An update to the company’s iPhone app to version 18.104.22.168 hit the App Store yesterday and is required to use the new fringOut feature.
In the latest version of the app, users can purchase credits to use the fringOut service. Within the app, users will be brought to fring’s site where packages of $10 or $20 of credit can be purchased via PayPal, credit card, or cashU. Calling rates for fringOut can be found here.
Because of the recent weather-related travel issues in Europe, fring is offering a free $5 fringOut credit to users stranded at affected airports. Taking advantage of this offer requires a valid ticket at one of the specified affected airports and a Twitter account. Full details are available on fring’s blog.
For AT&T customers in the U.S. fringOut is definitely a compelling alternative given AT&T’s international calling rates that start around $.15 per minute (mobile to mobile) for most European countries and go up to more than $4.00 per minute for other countries under the company’s WorldConnect add-on plan that costs $3.99 per month.