View Full Version : Which IM software?

Crack Addict Mike
07-31-2006, 10:47 PM
I'm looking to add Instant Messanging on my Blackberry. I use primarily Yahoo IM. Any suggestions on which one I should look into?

07-31-2006, 11:44 PM
Yahoo messenger?

08-01-2006, 01:30 AM
yeah, yahoo is fine as long as you're not on Cingular.

Oh, and using the search button would help you a lot faster than posting a whole new thread deadicated to a topic thats been gone over billions of times.

A simple search will give you loads of first hand user opinions made by the first hand useres when their opinions were still fresh. Now when you ask all us old fuddy duddies we'll tell you we have some sort of distant memory of using such program, but it's been so long we can't be sure.

Search = Cool Beans!

08-01-2006, 05:10 AM
As VidGameKing said, if YIM is all you want and you're NOT on Cingular, use BlackBerry's Yahoo Messenger (FREE!):
http://www.blackberry.com/YahooDownload/index.do (http://www.blackberry.com/YahooDownload/index.do)

I'm with Cingular, and didn't want to have to pay an annual fee, so went with IM+, and I like it a lot:
http://www.shapeservices.com/en/products/details.php?product=im&platform=bb (http://www.shapeservices.com/en/products/details.php?product=im&platform=bb)

I've also looked at VeriChat:
http://www.verichat.com/verichat_bby/ (http://www.verichat.com/verichat_bby/)

and Causerie Messenger:
http://causerie.mantragroup.com/products/blackberry/im/blackberryim.php (http://causerie.mantragroup.com/products/blackberry/im/blackberryim.php)

Both were very nice, but like I said I didn't want the annual fee.

Crack Addict Mike
08-01-2006, 10:51 PM
I do have Cingular. So Cingular charges for the Blackberry IM software? I wasn't aware of this. What if I have the unlimited data plan with Cingular?

08-01-2006, 11:12 PM
It's not that they charge for it, it's that they don't support it. It simply won't work, even if you try to throw money at them. It makes no difference what plan you have.

08-01-2006, 11:23 PM
I use Yahoo exclusively for Instant Messaging and have had Verichat for a few years now. I don't use it too much anymore though since we were provided with the free Yahoo Messenger unless I am running several ids at once. I have also tried IM+.

Verichat is a decent application but I find it to be unstable. It's selling point is "always on" IM but I was pretty happy if I could get it to stay on while I was using it - much less all the time. You get booted randomly and regularly with Verichat. As well, it does not always allow you back on. Still, they are making progress over time with some nice additions (the extremely handy bots) and the custom status messages. I wish though that it allowed you to assign a status to specific contacts like you do on the pc - Invisible to this one and Visible to another. What it has hands down over the free Yahoo Messenger that BBerry offers is the ability to log in multiple Yahoo ids at one time - I have 3 - and that is a sneaky way to get around the Visible/Invisible issue.

I also downloaded several trials of IM+ - I would use it in a pinch when Verichat locked me out. I never took well to this application. It was more stable then Verichat. When you were on, you stayed on but if I remember correctly, I think it was more of a one line at a time thing - you could not see a block of conversation at once and that was a nuisance to me. Verichat flowed more freely like the true Yahoo on the pc.

Anyway, hope this helps - let me know if you have any specific questions. I'm sure they offer a trial run on Handango for each app and that will help you make a good decision.

08-02-2006, 06:27 AM
I do have Cingular. So Cingular charges for the Blackberry IM software? I wasn't aware of this. What if I have the unlimited data plan with Cingular?

I have the Cingular unlimited plan.

Use Google Talk, it is free and I have my Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, and Gmail accounts set up on it. You will need a Gmail account to use it though.

The two methods are below and take about 15-20 minutes to set up depending on how many email accounts you want to use. I am personally using the second link listed with PSI installed on my laptop.

BigBlueBall Forums - Connect Google Talk to AIM, MSN, & Yahoo (http://www.bigblueball.com/forums/google-talk-news/33739-connect-google-talk-aim-msn-yahoo.html)

08-02-2006, 08:01 AM
I've used VeriChat for some time now. I find it very stable, with a good interface. I've used it in both the US and UK with no problems ever.