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Six great free apps for the iPhone

Get internet radio and make VoIP calls

Want to make your iPhone even better than it already is? Then check out these six free apps from the iTunes app store. They include mobile news and sports aggregators to voice over IP (VoIP) calling app and even an internet radio service.

There's no doubt the iPhone is a brilliant device, but you make it even better with downloads from Apple's App store. However, these come at a price don't they? Well, not all of them.

A huge number are free and it's not all games and fun apps that don't cost a penny in the app store. There are some really useful downloads from mobile news and sports aggregators to voice over IP (VoIP) calling app and even an internet radio service.

We've rounded up the six best apps that are designed to enhance your iPhone.

The AP Mobile News Network for iPhone

One of the most valuable Apple iPhone features: it can instantly gather and present news and information in a format that suits your personal tastes and needs. Along with the free Associated Press (AP) Mobile News Network app, the iPhone is truly a news delivery machine.

"The most comprehensive news offering available for the iPhone," according to Apple, the AP Mobile News Network lets iPhone owners browse a variety of news types, including top news, tech, showbiz, sports, world and elections information from greater than 700 'trusted sources' according to the AP - many of which come along with include images or graphics.

Since AP Mobile News Network for iPhone is customisable, you can pick whatever content you want displayed on screen and hide what you don't. You can also save specific stories and share them with friends via email or SMS text.

The free download is also available for BlackBerry smartphones, and the AP says it's working on a Mobile News Network app for additional devices, though no specific details are available quite yet.

Fring: Free VoIP, Chat for iPhone

Voice over IP (VoIP)-based mobile calling and VoWi-Fi aren't new. And there are a variety of VoIP apps for the Apple iPhone. But a new free iPhone app called Fring offers a fresh take on mobile VoIP.

Fring lets you import contacts and buddy lists from all of the most popular IM services - including MSN Messenger, ICQ, AIM, Google Talk and Yahoo - and then place free calls to other Fring users, or Fringsters, as well as make calls via Skype, Skype-Out or the SIP provider of their choice.

Mobile VoIP software such as Fring can be particularly valuable to folks who travel internationally, or who often place calls between countries, due to the potential cost savings. Placing international calls to other Fring users or via Skype can eliminate or significantly reduce the costs associated with such communications.

Fring is also an IM application, so iPhone owners can use it to chat with their various contacts from all of the above mentioned services. And Fring also incorporates the base features of popular micro-blogging-service Twitter, so you can monitor your feeds while using the app.

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