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    CTIA: AOL Mail, AIM & ICQ Services Coming to BlackBerry Smartphones!

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    AOL and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the availability of AOL's leading AIM and ICQ instant messaging services as well as AOL Mail on BlackBerry smartphones. The deep integration of AOL's popular communications services with BlackBerry smartphones will allow consumers around the world to seamlessly access AOL's most popular services directly from their BlackBerry smartphone and communicate in real-time with business associates, family, friends and other contacts.

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    AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ for BlackBerry smartphones are available now in the U.S. and are expected to become available in other countries around the world over the coming months.

    More information on setting up AOL Mail on a BlackBerry smartphone is available at http://mobile.aol.com or at http://www.blackberry.com/email.

    The native AIM and ICQ applications for BlackBerry smartphones can be downloaded from http://www.blackberry.com/instantmessaging.

    "We're thrilled to work with RIM to make our leading email and instant messaging services available to BlackBerry smartphone users worldwide," said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President for AOL. "By integrating our AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ services with the BlackBerry platform, users will have an exceptional mobile communications experience anytime, anywhere."

    "The BlackBerry platform offers unparalleled email and messaging capabilities for mobile customers and we are very pleased to be working with AOL to enable a rich mobile experience on BlackBerry smartphones for the tens of millions of people who use AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion.

    AIM and ICQ for BlackBerry Smartphones
    AIM and ICQ users make up one of the largest and most dynamic online and mobile communities with tens of millions of users worldwide and AOL and RIM have been working together to develop native software applications for BlackBerry smartphones that deliver a desktop-like mobile experience for the popular instant messaging services. The free AIM and ICQ applications will allow users to have a rich IM experience that is deeply integrated with their BlackBerry smartphone.

    For example, users will be able to send pictures from the BlackBerry smartphone's camera application to their friends on AIM or ICQ, as well as see AIM or ICQ messages in their regular BlackBerry smartphone inbox. Users will also benefit from tight integration between AIM, ICQ and the BlackBerry Address Book. Users will be able to associate a contact in their IM contact list to the respective contact in their BlackBerry Address Book (and vice versa), which will allow the user to initiate an IM session from within their BlackBerry Address Book and initiate a phone call, email, SMS or MMS from within their AIM or ICQ session.

    From their BlackBerry smartphone, AIM and ICQ users can also:
    - Access Buddy List features including the ability to see if contacts are online and available to chat (i.e. presence);

    - Set customized away messages and manage their AIM or ICQ online status (e.g. available, away, in a meeting, etc.) directly from the BlackBerry smartphone's home screen without launching the AIM or ICQ application;

    - Set alerts to notify them when a contact's online availability changes;

    - Select the Auto Sign-In option which will automatically sign them into AIM or ICQ when their BlackBerry smartphone is powered on;

    - Use Picture IM to send and receive images;

    - Log and save IM conversations for personal records or to email them to other contacts; and

    - Select from a collection of pre-set emoticons to further customize their instant messages.

    Once AIM or ICQ has been set up, an icon is automatically installed on the BlackBerry smartphone's home screen so that access to instant messaging is only a click away. Once launched on the handset, the instant messaging applications can run conveniently in the background, broadcasting the user's presence to their "buddies" and allowing immediate notification of incoming messages.

    AOL Mail for BlackBerry Smartphones
    AOL Mail for BlackBerry smartphones leverages the "push" architecture inherent in the BlackBerry platform and AOL's notification services to automatically deliver AOL Mail messages virtually simultaneously to the user's online account as well as to the user's BlackBerry smartphone. The status of messages that have been sent, read, replied to, forwarded or deleted from the smartphone are automatically reflected in the user's online AOL Mail account. Users can create a dedicated AOL Mail inbox on their BlackBerry smartphone or choose to set up a single inbox on their smartphone to store AOL Mail as well as messages from other IMAP or POP 3 e-mail accounts.

    BlackBerry smartphone users with software version 4.5 or higher will also be able to view HTML email, download attachments and edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the smartphone.

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    This is great news! I can finally get aim on my vzw 8830 without having to pay for it. Thanks Hayden!!

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    checking it out now, whats the difference between aim on 4.5 and the aim on this site?
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    Always checking my AIM mail via BB. Since I already paid for BeeJiveIM since Feb. 2008, no need for RIM's AIM.
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    The higher version I'm assuming.

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    This newer version is nice now that you can edit your away message. But your not able to read your buddies away message I'll stick with BeeJive for now hoping they add that feature.

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    Can anyone please tell me why I still can't get AIM on my bb. I have an 8300 and have ATT....mayb it's my service provider??

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    Awesome. Absolutely awesome. Than you for the comprehensive info Hayden

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronnieves View Post
    This is great news! I can finally get aim on my vzw 8830 without having to pay for it. Thanks Hayden!!
    yup. did it earlier today.
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    Totally not workin for me.. Gettin service not enabled for this handheld.. Damn why this happen when I had to be all excited to not use ramble anymore lol. Gosh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronnieves View Post
    This is great news! I can finally get aim on my vzw 8830 without having to pay for it. Thanks Hayden!!
    So it will use data and not sms right? i have an 8130 with VZW. just downloaded it.

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    I have a 8700g with 4.5 and it says "Service not enabled for this handheld." Don't tell me I cannot have it! I don't mind BeeJive, but I prefer the IM appearing in my inbox like BB messenger, Yahoo, and GTalk.

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    . AOL Instant Messenger for BlackBerry
    . ICQ for BlackBerry
    are not compatible with your smartphone and/or supported by your wireless service provider. Please contact your service provider for details.

    That's what I get at the bottom of the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyComponent View Post
    Always checking my AIM mail via BB. Since I already paid for BeeJiveIM since Feb. 2008, no need for RIM's AIM.
    Yeah. Same here. I paid for JiveTalk long time ago and I have my chat apps fully operational. No need to have individual apps for each one of them. But good to know that is available.

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    not working for me either! says service not available for this handheld. i have a pearl 8100 on tmo
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