Fringers, start your updating. The Israeli mobile comms company has just announced the release of a new version of its popular application that brings Last.fm streaming and friend-monitoring to the fring app. Users can now enjoy custom streaming radio stations while chatting with friends without ever having to leave the fring application. All of your favorite types of Last.fm stations are available and Love/Ban functions are supported as well. Sweet! For the time being, Last.fm via fring is not available on the platform that needs it most – the iPhone – but hopefully we’ll see an update soon. Since S60 allows third-party applications to be minimized, Mobbler can easily be used to stream Last.fm while a user is chatting in fring. With the iPhone on the other hand, where the Last.fm app cannot be sent to the background while the user is fringing (yes, we know Backgrounder can remedy this on jailbroken iPhones), the addition of of Last.fm streaming would certainly be welcome. Hit the jump for a very peculiar video that sums up the latest version of fring nicely.
It’s been a long time in the making but Truphone has finally come around and released a BlackBerry version of its popular mobile VoIP application. S60 users have enjoyed Truphone’s low rates and impressive integration for a while now and more recently, iPhone users have gotten a taste with a version of their own. Here in the US however, the most likely candidate for such a service, BlackBerry, has gone without a client. While the integration is nowhere near as clean as Symbian of course, BlackBerry users are no longer at the mercy of US carriers when it comes to international calling. The new Truphone Anywhere app for BlackBerry is currently in beta but it does the trick just fine. When dialing an international number, the app will automatically ask the user if the call should be completed using the carrier voice channel or via Truphone’s VoIP network. With rates as low as 6¢ per minute, its a safe bet that Truphone will be the smart choice every time. To sweeten the deal, customers new to Truphone will get a $1 credit upon signing up – and $1 will take you further than you think. An important note is if you currently use Truphone for S60 you’ll have to shoot a quick email to Truphone customer service to have them switch your account over. To simplify the process, the Truphone app will generate the email for you automatically during the setup. Hit the read link to get moving.