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WeFi Launches fring Add-on

David Murphy

WeFi, the creator of the first open community-based global wi-fi network, and mobile Internet community fring have launched the WeFi add-on for fring that gives users mobile access to a database of 20 million wi-fi access points worldwide. The database is growing at the rate of over 1 million access points per month.
The WeFi add-on for fring provides users with easy and free access to millions of wi-fi hotspots from their mobile devices. Wefi says the alpha test of the service has been particularly popular with business and pleasure travellers, enabling them to easily find wi-fi connections from their mobile device, saving time looking for somewhere to log on, 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, says WeFi CEO, Zur Feldman. 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."
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 here. A full list of supported handsets is available here.
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 handsets GPS capability, or manually, by typing in any address worldwide.
Developers can create their own add-ons using fring's developer site, where theyll 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 to create their own mobile Internet applications.