Usually I am not a fan of Instant Messengers but what I saw on Dialog GSM site (Sri Lankan mobile service provider) inspired me to write this post.

Dialog GSM Messenger

Apparently Dialog is offering unlimited instant messaging at Rs.50 per months! Initially, I though the word 'unlimited' meant that once you paid Rs.50 per month there would be no additional GPRS charges based on the usage. But the tiny note on Dialog messenger page broke my heart; "Note: GPRS charges applicable while chat session is active" . So, why the hell would I pay an additional Rs.50 per month to Dialog when there are free (and better) alternatives available?

I've tried many mobile messengers some time ago on my Nokia N72 and one of the best I used was IM+. Here is the developer description of IM+

"Chat with IM+® All-in-One Mobile Messenger within AIM®/iChat, MSN®/Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo!®, ICQ®, Jabber® and Google™ Talk between mobile devices and PCs in real-time. Communicate with friends and colleagues wherever you are regardless of location and mobile operator."

IM

From my experience, IM+ did the job just fine was very easy to configure. It had a nice, clean user interface, sound alerts and ran smoothly even on my crappy N72.

Download

There are many versions of IM+ available. Make sure you choose the correct version which is compatible with the Symbian Operating System of your mobile. 

In order to download, you will need to register yourself and account in the linked forum.

SHAPE Services IMPlus v5.65 S60v2 SymbianOS7 and SHAPE Services IMPlus v5.65 S60v2.FP3 SymbianOS8.1

IM+® Mobile Instant Messenger supports the most popular instant messaging systems: MSN®, Yahoo!®, AOL™, ICQ®, Google® Talk and Jabber®. It allows the always-on exchange of instant messages easily, cost-effectively and in real-time.

[Click Here] to download - S60v2 SymbianOS7 and S60v2.FP3 SymbianOS8.1 devices only

SHAPE Services IMPlus v7.03 S60v3 SymbianOS9.1

Chat with IM+ All-in-One Mobile Messenger within AIM®/iChat, MSN®/Windows Live™ Messenger, Yahoo!®, ICQ®, Jabber®, Google Talk™ and MySpace® IM from your mobile device in real-time. Communicate with friends and colleagues wherever you are regardless of location and mobile operator.

[Click Here] to download - S60v3 SymbianOS9.1 devices only

SHAPE Services IMPlus For Skype v2.22 S60v3 SymbianOS9.1

IM+ for Skype is a fully mobile application that enables voice and text communication with other Skype users and provides cost-effective calling to landlines and mobiles.

[Click Here] to download - S60v3 SymbianOS9.1 devices only

If you are looking for a simple mobile messenger which utilizes the J2ME platform, check out eBuddy mobile messenger


3 Comments

  1. manura // 8/17/2008 04:28:00 PM  

    is there one for windows mobile smartphones. thanks

  2. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 8/17/2008 08:15:00 PM  

    Manura,
    There seems to be one:
    http://tinyurl.com/6egrrs

    I did not test this though.

  3. manura // 8/18/2008 03:20:00 PM  

    thanks mate