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    Post Guide to: Instant Messaging clients for your Blackberry

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    Instant messeging a great way to quickly communicate with friends, family and co-workers. What a better use of IM than while on the go with your Blackberry. All BB IM clients work a little differently. there are a few tings to consider when choosing.

    One-time fee vs. annual subscription.
    IM Services supported
    BB Models and OS supported*
    What kind of connectivity does it use. (BES/MDS, TCP, SMS)**
    Will the program run in the background of other BB functions
    Is there a trial available

    Here's a list of available IM clients for BB handhelds and an evaluation of the above questions.

    Google Talk & Yahoo Messenger - Free!

    Verichat - Annual Subscription Fee - $35yr
    Services - Y!, AIM, MSN, ICQ
    All BB models running OS3.8 or higher supported*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.pdaapps.com/verichat_bby/index.html

    Web Messenger - Annual Subscription Fee - $50yr
    Services - Y!, AIM, MSN, ICQ, Jabber
    BB 58xx, 6xxx, and 7xxx models supported on OS3.7 or higher*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.webmessenger.com/

    Causerie Messenger - Annual Subscription Fee - $25yr
    Services - Y!, AIM, MSN, ICQ, Jabber
    All BB models running OS4.0 and higher supported*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.mantragroup.com/causerie_bb.htm

    IM+ - One Time Fee - $45
    Services - Y!, AIM, MSN, ICQ, Jabber
    All BB models running OS3.8 and higher supported*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.shapeservices.com/eng/im/BLACKBERRY/

    Quick IM - One Time Fee - $25
    Services - MSN
    BB 72xx, 75xx, 77xx models on OS3.8 and higher supported. BB7230 must have OS4.0*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.quickim.com/products/mobi...lackberry.html

    BerryVine - One Time Fee - $15
    Services - MSN. More services may be added later
    BB 7xxx models on OS3.6 and higher supported*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    Trial available
    More information - http://www.berryvine.com/details.asp#BVM

    Ramble - FREE experiencing problems with AOL servers
    Services - AIM
    All BB models running OS3.7 and higher supported*
    BES/MDS and TCP connectivity. NO SMS used**
    Program runs in the background
    No Trial needed, it's FREE.
    More information - http://wireless.sra.com/ramble/

    BlackChat ICQ - FREE
    Services - ICQ
    BB 72xx models on OS3.8 and higher supported*
    BES/MDS connectivity only. NO SMS used**
    Unknown if the program runs in the background or not
    No Trial needed, it's FREE.
    More information - http://sourceforge.net/projects/blackchat/

    T-Mobile built in client - FREE
    Services - Y!, AIM
    BB 7290 on OS 4.0.2.32*
    SMS transfer of messeges.**
    No Trial needed, it's FREE.
    More information - http://www.t-mobileapps.com

    BB Messenger - FREE
    Services - BB only PIN to PIN messeging
    BB 6xxx and 7xxx on OS4.0 and higher supprted
    PIN to PINtransfer of messages
    No Trial needed, it's FREE
    More information - http://www.blackberry.com/messenger/

    I have tried most of these clients. All of them have different functions and features that are good and bad. As an example, Ramble will allow you to see when an AIM client is idle, IM+ will not. Most of the Multi-Service applications poll their server on a timed basis to get incoming messeges to you. Direct Connect programs(BB Messenger, Ramble, QuickIM, BerryVine and BlackChatICQ) will have instant incoming message alerts.

    It's a personal choice of what services and features are important to you. I have had success with BB MEssenger, Ramble and IM+ and for the combined cost of the applications and services I can chat on I will continue to use them all.

    *Please note for TCP connectivity on your BB you must have OS3.8 or higher installed. It is prefered that OS4.0 be installed when running any of these applications.

    **Depending on your service provider, data and rate plan, some charges may apply.

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    free im sw for blackberies with wifi

    Hi,

    I found a sw called INSTANGO, which is fully free and can be used with wifi withiut a data plan! I really recommend for everybody.

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