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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Talkonaut and fring: similar programs for VoIP calls and chat

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Mobile VoIP and instant messaging program Talkonaut used to have a spartan user interface, but is has improved a lot. Talkonaut supports many protocols and networks:
Chat, voice calls, file transfer: Jabber, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, AIM and Yahoo.
VoIP calls: SIP (on almost all VoIP networks)

Talkonaut is very similar to fring. The main differences:
- Talkonaut can store and use multiple SIP accounts, fring stores only one.
- You can Skype with fring, but not with Talkonaut.
- The user interface of fring is easier to navigate.
- The built-in contact list of your phone is accessible from fring, but not from Talkonaut.

Talkonaut has a few other features that fring doesn't have and vice versa. To get the best of both worlds, just put both programs on your phone.
Update: fring is no longer a multi-network messenger. They kicked 'em all out, fring now only works on it's own fring network. My advice: don't use fring.

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