VoIP start-up fring has announced that it intends to accelerate its growth plans after completing a third round of funding.

Avi Shechter, fring co-founder and CEO, said a key objective is to make the free VoIP and IM service easier to use for mainstream "fringsters".

While no details on the level of funding were available, all previous fring investors participated in this round including US based North Bridge Venture Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, Veritas Venture Partners and VenFin Limited.

Shechter said fring is already turning the mobile into the "ultimate social device" by mashing up people’s favourite forms and modes of communication.

"We plan to add to the fring experience and make it an ever more central part of fringsters’ social lives," he said.

fring users can currently share experiences with friends on facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, among others, while communicating via Skype, MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk TM, Yahoo!TM, AIM and ICQ.

Shechter said the new capital would be used to make fring even more accessible to the rest of the mobile world.

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