Mobile access to millions of Wi-Fi access points worldwide with WeFi add-on for fringâ„˘
Users can easily locate and access open Wi-Fi hotspots in a network of 20 million access points using the WeFi add-on from fring-enabled mobile devices
Delaware, USA and London, UK – April 20, 2009: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open community-based global Wi-Fi network, and fringâ„˘ (www.fring.com), a leading mobile Internet community and communication service, today launched the WeFi add-on for fring that gives users mobile access to the largest database of 20 million Wi-Fi access points worldwide, which grows by over 1 million month by month.
The new WeFi add-on for fring provides users with easy and free access to millions of Wi-Fi hotspots from their mobile devices. The alpha test of this service has been particularly popular with business and pleasure travelers who easily find Wi-Fi connections from their mobile device, saving valuable time looking for somewhere to logon, and providing affordable Internet access both locally and while roaming internationally.
“fring is a natural partner for WeFi helping to realize the full benefit of mobile Wi-Fi access,” said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi, “Our current users and the millions of new users we will reach via fring will enjoy easy and free access to hotspots without having to manually insert their location, and will be able to use this free internet for interacting with friends and data-hungry services such as streaming music, among other mobile internet experiences that fring facilitates
Avi Shechter, CEO of fring added “WeFi is an exciting new addition to our selection of fring add-ons because easily locating and accessing hotspots around the world makes our mobile internet experiences even more compelling for many users who prefer Wi-Fi quality and cost benefits. This is the kind of value we envisioned when we opened the fring API for developers to create their own mobile experiences, integrated into fring.”
The WeFi add-on currently works on hundreds of Symbian and Windows Mobile devices with the latest version of fring which can be downloaded or upgraded from www.fring.com/download/ . A full list of supported handsets is available at www.fring.com/download/default_PC.asp . To locate and access millions of hotspots from these mobile devices, users simply select the WeFi add-on from the add-ons tab within fring. Users can locate their Wi-Fi hotspot location automatically using their handset’s GPS capability, or manually by typing in any address worldwide.
Developers can start creating their own add-ons today by using fring’s developers site - https://developers.fring.com/ - where they’ll find the fring API documentation, code samples and open source add-ons (twitter and last.fm) which they can use to leverage their current web expertise (e.g. PHP, .NET, Java) to create their own mobile internet applications using the same tools they’d use to create any web application.
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About WeFi Inc.
WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first global open Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the best Wi-Fi access points around. WeFi is driven by a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. WeFi was awarded the Forum Nokia “Application of the Year – EMEA” award for 2008. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.
fringâ„˘ is an award-winning mobile internet community and communication service that allows friends to connect, share experiences and enhance their communities together from their mobile device. They do this using a combination of proprietary fringâ„˘ utilities and the Internet’s most popular social and community applications including Skype®, Facebook®, MSN® Messenger, GoogleTalk TM, Twitter, Yahoo!TM, AIM®, ICQ®, Orkut®). fringâ„˘ is 100% free with no subscription costs; consumers simply pay for the data they use under their existing mobile operator agreement. fringâ„˘ is completely PC independent, it requires no additional hardware, has no geographical or location limitations and operates on any available mobile Internet connection: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE & WiMAX. fringâ„˘ was launched in January 2007 and has experienced phenomenal global adoption, with millions of users now enjoying the fringâ„˘ experience in more than 200 countries worldwide, and approximately 500,000 new fringsters joining the fringâ„˘ community each month. fringâ„˘ operates on Symbian Series 60 devices, Samsung S60, Sony Ericsson UIQ Smartphones, Windows Mobile, iPhone, J2ME, Linux Mobile & Intel’s Moblin devices, which currently represent more than 1,000 mobile handsets (the full list is available at http://www.fring.com website).
For more information please contact:
Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +972-54-5359955.
Gil Regev, Marcom Specialist at fringâ„˘:
gilr@fring,com - Tel +972 54 268 7906