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Tech News - Which Mobile IM Client Do You Prefer?


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Emycita Emycita 9 years
For Mac users, Adium! :) IMs definitely can be annoying when they're being sent to your phone at the rate at which people IM you through the computer (which is pretty rapid). I remember in the dorms, people would annoy the hell out of each other by IMing each others' phones (haha). I'm personally not a big fan of IMs being sent to the phone on a regular basis, but when you've got something profound to say and would much rather not get carpal tunnel on your thumb, it's always nice to have that keyboard-text option.
nitallica nitallica 9 years
Helio for me. :)
Disenchanted Disenchanted 9 years
I use yahoo
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I use on my iPhone. It's awesome, try it!
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I like Trillian for home, it combines yahoo, icq, aim and msn messenger. For my phone I use something called "shape services" and it includes aim, yahoo, icq, gtalk, msn messenger, and jabber. It's a one time $45 price and they update it often. The support is great as well and it's a lot more stable than when I started using it about a year ago. I have an HTC Wizard (branded as Cingular 8125)running WM5.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
For the iphone I like the apollo app so far, I use that sometimes and I always have AIM forwarding enabled so I can IM through texts. I find the forwarding most useful.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
oh, and it forwards im's to my treo in the form of a text if i'm offline so i guess that counts.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
adium, all mac users check it out!
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I personally dont like to IM on the go with my phone. It counts as a text and it's probably the easiest way to go over on them. Plus, they're annoying! IMing should be saved for when you're at home on your compie
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
Oh, and I don't think there is mobile support for Pidgin, as of yet. However, it is great as a computer client.
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
I prefer Pidgin, a platform that can use almost all of the ones you've listed. You can check out the website at It's open-source, but, as we all know, money can't be made off of something open-source (so the businesses think). Alas, my opinion matters not. >.>;;
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
When i had a Helio I loved their mobile chat feature. I don't do much with my Treo now.
Tech Tech 9 years
Thanks for all your comments everyone! This is really great feedback which I'm sure will help others decide which chat client to use on their cell's!
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
i use AIM through jivetalk on my blackberry
kezza kezza 9 years
After having gone through a Sidekick 2, a Sidekick 3, and a Helio Ocean in the space of 18 months, I've just landed on a Treo and find that Mundu IM is the best mobile IM client I've used. The Sidekick's AIM client was pretty great, but when they added more services they did them as separate applications, which is annoying. Same problem with the Ocean, with its "ultimate inbox" which you had to back into every time you wanted to use a different IM service or email provider. There was no easy way to switch between, and everybody would have been happier had the contacts list and conversations just been all in one screen. Mundu gets everything right by integrating all the services' contacts onto one screen, then using another tab with a drop-down menu for selecting conversations. They knock the ball out of the park by adding a "quick reply" feature in the new message alert pop up when in other applications, so you can maintain conversations without leaving the application you're using. This is even better than the Sidekick, which has the benefit of true multitasking (so leaving the browser to answer an IM didn't close the page you were viewing), but I'd rather not have to switch out at all and just reply then and there. Nifty!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I like the rackets!
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 9 years
I think Yahoo and AIM work best for me.
quantazel quantazel 9 years
I use Pidgin at home--it lets you use all your accounts at once, and it's open source: Also, the bug-eyed purple birdie staring at me from my quicklaunch tray is cute.
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