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Why send SMS when you can chat on mobile instant messenger ?
May 19, 2007, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Free Softwares, Mobile Phones

Why send SMS when you can chat on mobile instant messenger ?

If you spend lots of time on your cell phone sending SMS to your friends. Well, chatting through your phone may be a better option for you. For one,it works out cheaper than sending a volley of text messages across.

Today most modern phones offer Java compatibility, email and MMS support, Internet connectivity via GPRS/EDGE and an intelligent operating system such as symbian which is more than enough for mobile instant messaging and if you are interested in chatting on Live Messenger or Google Talk with your phone, then there are lots of programs available out there and most of them are available free of cost. You can either download the application on your computer and then transfer to the mobile phone or directly download onto the your cell phone via GPRS. So if you can’t wait to get started, here are some of the instant messenger you should be looking at.

1) Nimbuzz: Nimbuzz provides multiple connectivity with Live Messenger, Google Talk and Nimbuzz’s own messaging service. Visit http://get.nimbuzz.com from your mobile browser to download the application. Once you’ve registered on Nimbuzz site, simply select the messaging service of your choice and you are ready to chat.

2) Instango: This nifty application promises connectivity with Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, MSN, ICQ and Jabber all in one. Jabber is one of the most popular open source clients that uses the XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol), also used in very famous Google Talk.
Instango uses a proxy server to connect to the Jabber service. This proxy server minimises traffic considerably. For example, if you’re using Google Talk for an hour on the computer uses up to 1 MB of bandwidth, Instango will do the same in about 100 KB. This is quite important given the fact that most cellular providers charge you by the MB. Once you have downloaded and installed the application from http://www.instango.com, the next thing you need to do is configure it.

If you don’t already have a Jabber ID, you should download and install the PSI Jabber client on your main computer from http://psi-im.org and then register a new Jabber account for yourself.

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