Skype has announced that it will no longer support mobile VoIP service Fring, and has threatened the company with legal action after Fring removed Skype from its iPhone application.
Fring explained that it would “temporarily reduce support to third–party Skype," suggesting that Skype provided poor service.
The company claimed it was "forced" to take legal action against Fring after users complained that Skype wasn't working properly on the application.
Writing on the Fring blog, Fring CEO and co-founder Avi Schechter wrote: “We are disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness, is now attempting to muzzle competition, even to the detriment of its own users.”
Schechter went on: "We apologise to our users for the impact of Skype’s bullying and we will be happy to reconnect with Skype once Skype reverses their decision."
Skype reiterated its stance in a statement on the company blog: "Fring’s mis-use of our software was increasingly damaging our brand and reputation with our customers."
Skype was keen, however, to deny allegations that it had pulled the plug on Fring's Skype functionality: "There is no truth to Fring’s claims that Skype has blocked it. Fring made the decision to remove Skype functionality on its own."