Top 10 iPhone Apps from Israel


Want to find the best fettuccine in town? Make free calls? Translate your tweets? There's a blue-and-white app for all that, and more. We give you the best of Israel's iPhone apps.


By: BRIAN BLUM  
Published: March 26th 2011
in Economics » Israel

Fooducate iPhone App

Within three days of Viber's launch in December 2010, some one million people had downloaded it. Two months later, the number is up to an overwhelming 10 million. What's all the fuss about? Viber, a free app, aims to be the Skype-killer, a voice-over-IP phone service that integrates seamlessly into your iPhone's contact list and allows you to make free calls to other Viber users anywhere in the world.

 

The app is drop-dead simple: Install it, and any other Viber users in your contact list show a Viber icon. Since the Viber app runs in the background (and the company claims it doesn't drain the phone's battery like Skype does), calling that contact for free is a single tap away.

 

Viber also doesn't require any registration (another step saved) and uses your phone number as your ID. Contrast that with Skype, where you have to sign up for a unique ID and use only the Skype app to make calls. Viber "officially" only supports the iPhone, but savvy callers claim it works on the iPad and iPod Touch as well. Android and BlackBerry versions are coming soon.

 

5. Fring

 

 

Fring is another made-in-Israel app that allows free phone calls. Unlike Viber, Fring piggybacks on existing phone networks like Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, Facebook and more, acting as a universal communications center for voice, chat and even video calls. You open the Fring app and get a separate contact list; you can then call any friends on the list at no cost.

 

For friends not on the list, "Fring Out" calls start at one cent per minute (although that can jump to as high as 44 cents per minute for far-flung locations like Samoa and Zimbabwe).

 

Fring got a big boost when the iPhone 4 with its front-facing camera came out last year, making video calls a major attraction (the upcoming iPad 2 is rumored to have the same feature).

 

The app also has a "Fring Stream" that consolidates all your Twitter tweets and Facebook updates (plus, of course, any Fring chats and calls) in one place.

 

There's one service that's noticeably missing from the Fring roster: Skype. Fring used Skype's network to enable video calls for several years until December 2010, when they parted ways. Fring claims Skype blocked its service; Skype says Fring had been misusing its software and decided to pull out on its own. Either way, Fring is slightly less useful than it was six months ago.

 

For the rest of the top 10 apps, please click here.

 

This article first appeared on Israel21c and is reprinted with permission.

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