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List of instant messaging software for mobile phones

Instant messaging on mobile phones is getting more and more popular with the continuing focus of mobile network providers to encourage people to use their cell phones to connect to the Internet. I have checked out some of the available instant messaging software applications that you can install on your mobile phone so that you can communicate with your online buddies, friends and family.

Fring

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Fring is one of the best instant messaging software for mobile phones that you can use. You can use Fring for your Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Google Talk and even Skype accounts. You can even post to Twitter using Fring. The software also includes VoIP functionality that allows you to make Internet calls. You can also use it to send files to your buddies.

The software works on both mobile network and wifi connections. It is available as a free download for a wide range of mobile phones. It now also has a version for the popular iPhone.

Some screenshots of the Fring user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Samsung, HTC, HP, i-mate, O2, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Apple iPhone, Palm, Eten, Asus …

Gizmo5

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Gizmo 5 is another strong competitor to the top spot of being the best instant messaging software. The Gizmo 5 application not only offers VoIP calls but has instant messaging functions as well. You can use the instant messaging functions for the Yahoo, MSN and AIM networks. You can also use it for sending files.

Some screenshots of the Gizmo5 user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, Motorola, LG, O2, Pocket PC. Also availble for Linux, Windows and Mac computers plus the Nokia 770/800/810 tablet

Skype

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Skype, popular for it’s free VoIP software for the PC, has recently entered the mobile space with it’s own mobile version of Skype. Skype mobile, now currently in beta, allows you to make voice calls and instant messaging using its own proprietary protocols.

Some screenshots of the Skype Mobile user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, Windows Mobile. Also availble for Linux, Windows and Mac computers, the Nokia 800/810 tablet, 3 Skypephone, Wifi phones, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP).

Talkonaut

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This product is from the GTalk2Voip and is probably the best and most feature-filled instant messaging software I’ve come across. Talkonaut provides instant messaging for Yahoo, MSN, AIM and ICQ networks. Also works directly with Google Talk and other Jabber-based protocol instant messaging networks. The mobile software also has functions for SIP/VoIP voice calls and SMS messaging. Connection can be made either using the mobile phone network or wifi.

Although it’s free for personal use, the maker of Talkonaut do offer branding services for it’s software and I won’t be surprise if this is actually the software that Gizmo5 uses because of the resemblance in the interface.

Some screenshots of the Talkonaut user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Symbian mobile phones (both S40 and S60), Windows Mobile 5.x/6.x pda/phones, mobile Java (J2ME) enabled phones, also has small footprint J2ME version for phones with limitations on jar size

Mabber

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Mabber is a Jabber-based instant messaging software that can also be used to chat with ICQ, MSN, AIM, Google Tlk, GMX messenger.

Some screenshots of the Mabber user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: mobile Java (J2ME) enabled phones

Jargong

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Jargong allows you to chat with MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM and Jabber online buddies. You can also use Jargong to view photos, search, read and add comments to photos, send photos using your flickr account. Use it to read subscribed RSS feeds in your Google Reader account. And if you have Twitter you can use it to view your twits.

Some screenshots of the Jargong user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobile phones

Agile Mobile

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Agile Mobile is one of the early providers of instant messaging on mobile phones I have tried. Agile Messenger can be used for chatting with MSN, AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ & GoogleTalk online buddies. You can also send photos, voice and video messages to people in your contact list using Agile Mobile’s Agile Messenger.

The Agile Messenger software is not free though, you’ll have to shell out US$ 44.95 for a one time permanent license fee.

Some screenshots of the Agile Messenger user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Pocket PC and Windows Mobile phones

Jimm

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Jimm is a mobile Java software ICQ clone for mobile devices. It is a free software that can be downloaded from the Jimm web site. It directly connects to the ICQ network and there is no need for any registration. All you need is your working ICQ account.. You can use it via a GPRS or 3G connection. It supports file transfer and contact search. Available in several languages like English, German, Russian …

Some screenshots of the Jimm user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Blackberry, Alcatel, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Sagem, Siemens, NEC

Additional Instant Messaging software for Philippine mobile phone users

If you’re a mobile user in the Philippines, you can use the following software provided by the Globe Telecom and Smart mobile phone network providers.

Unlichat

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Globe Unlichat is Globe Telecom’s foray into the instant messaging space. The Unlichat software allows you to chat with your online Yahoo contacts using Globe’s mobile phone network. You can read more about my experience using the Globe’s Unlichat software.

Some screenshots of the Unlichat user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: New Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobile phones

Uzzap

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Uzzap offers instant messaging with Yahoo and MSN online buddies. You can also you Uzzap for sending SMS and email. Plus the Smart Uzzap software can be used to chat on public chat rooms on the Smart mobile network. Smart Uzzap can be used either via the mobile phone network or wifi. It also has a PC version. I tried out Smart Uzzap and wrote a post.

Some screenshots of the Unlichat user interface:

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Partial list of supported phone brands: Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, Palm mobile phones

Enjoy!

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

Comments

kitty
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how to register uzzap for globe??

gerry
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You can ask Globe via their freely available hotline. I think it’s 919-8888

Rose Vinluan
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how can i download uzzap using my samsung wave cp?

jon
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is fring free to use or its just like uzzap??

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