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Discussion in 'Verizon' started by skier10, May 28, 2010.

  1. skier10

    skier10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hi there.... Just a quick question to pose to the forums today :)

    A couple of minutes ago I downloaded fring to my incredible, and I tested out two-way video calling with a friend. It works pretty well, and I like it. The only thing that I'm wondering about is whether doing that is against any of Verizon's service agreements related to data or something? Doing two-way video chat is definitely using a ton of bandwidth, and is there a limit to how much bandwidth you're allowed to use (not MBs per month, but actual live bandwidth)? It shouldn't be a problem, but I don't just want to make any mistakes.


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  2. Liquoredolce

    Liquoredolce Android Enthusiast

    Wow that's pretty awesome. I was skeptical, but just called a friend on skype via fring and it was amazing. The picture was crystal clear on both sides, although the audio lagged a couple seconds behind, it was still audible. That's definitely something I'll have to try from phone to phone, I just have to get other people to download it.

    Thanks for the tip!
  3. illwill 12

    illwill 12 Newbie

    How do you get it to work with other phones? My brother and I both downloaded the app to our phones and added each other to our fring accounts, but when I try to do a video call there was nothing in the big screen. I have the incredible and he has the eris. Thanks
  4. skier10

    skier10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Does your brother's Eris have Android 2.1? I think I read or was told somewhere that the new feature requires it.
  5. illwill 12

    illwill 12 Newbie

    Nevermind, I just found out that the Eris is not supported with fring.
  6. skier10

    skier10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Oh, okay. Maybe they will change that sometime? That's one thing I don't like about android, is that developers seem to not support not-very-old devices :(
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  7. illwill 12

    illwill 12 Newbie

    Yeah, his eris is running off of 2.1. Yeah I really hate that too. I can't wait to try this out though, but none of my friend's phones are capable. lol
  8. skier10

    skier10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Oh, yeah. Also, note that you can hook up fring with Skype so you can do video calling with all your skype contacts. That's actually what I did for my first test earlier today. It's so cool! :D
  9. Liquoredolce

    Liquoredolce Android Enthusiast

    I already said that......geeeeeeeeeeeez :D:p:cool:
  10. illwill 12

    illwill 12 Newbie

    Ok. I will give skype a shot then and see how it works. Thank you both for your help
  11. Dewprism

    Dewprism Newbie

    From what I was told 5GB within 3 months is the max and once you've hit that cap they throw you off the data plan. Wack. Which ill never reach but don't call it unlimited data if you cap it.. I've had a Verizon Wireless sales lady tell me that.
  12. Liquoredolce

    Liquoredolce Android Enthusiast

    If that's the case, who has an idea of how much bandwidth video calls really use?

    I also feel like Verizon shouldn't be able to do that. Granted next to unlimited they say "5gb" or whatever, it's still labelled UNLIMITED, limiting the data should be considered false advertising.

    You can't go into a steak house for dinner and order a 12oz steak (8oz) or an all you can eat buffet (2 plates maximum).
  13. sail4fun201

    sail4fun201 Guest

    You'll have to read Verizon's fine print about data plans and their permitted and prohibited uses here: Terms & Conditions

    Based on the permitted uses, it seems ok, seeing as "(iv) uploading, downloading and streaming of audio, video and games; and (v) Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)" is permitted.

    Seems like you'd be ok. I'd tread lightly though.
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  14. bgrutter

    bgrutter Android Enthusiast

    My understanding is that they reserve the right to refuse data service once 5gb has been exceeded in a 1 month period. However, there are many members of this community that have reported use in excess of 15 on numerous consecutive months.
  15. merkcityboy

    merkcityboy Newbie

    This might sound stupid but how does video chat work without a front facing camera
  16. contagous

    contagous Android Expert

    Mirrors ftw :)
  17. merkcityboy

    merkcityboy Newbie

    seriously? lol
  18. craigrn16

    craigrn16 Android Enthusiast

    I wanted to try this but don't have that many skype buddies. I wished yahoo was supported :-(
  19. contagous

    contagous Android Expert

    Hell's Yeah
  20. skier10

    skier10 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yeah it actually wouldn't be very difficult to build some mirrors from the back. It would be a really nice thing for people who actually want to seriously use fring video on their incredible :D I'm so excited!
  21. kayst

    kayst Android Enthusiast

    How did you get it to work to call a skype contact? When I select the option to add a contact, it wants me to enter a fring username. I added my skype account in the accounts section.
  22. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    FWIW, my Skype to Skype (no Fring involved) video call bandwidth was between 150Kbs -280kbs, depending on how much sound/speech was going though, per "Networking" tab in Windows Task Manager (didn't feel like breaking out PRTG). My 5 minute call racked up a little over 4MB sent and 3MB received...YMMV.
  23. Stormyfour

    Stormyfour Lurker

    I'm considering a Incredible 2 on Verizon. When I travel overseas I want to use wifi to make calls. Does anyone know if I can use Fring on wifi and not have verizon phone charges?

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