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Old 05-09-2006, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everyone,

i just wanted to know if anyone has tried out AIM on the 8700g. I want to buy this phone but i wont if it doesnt have a good AIM program. I used to have the Sidekick II and love the AIM on that but then got the MDA 5.0 and the AIM on it is horrid. So im asking if anyone has tried it and could tell me a few things about it.


a) Do you have to refresh your buddy list by yourself or does it do it automatically ( like a computer)???

b) Is it user friendly like AIM on the PC or sidekick II???

c) Does it have any connection problems, where you constantly have to sign back on???

IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THIS, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS POST, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE!!!

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Let me help you before you get bombarded with negative replies. This forum has a very useful search feature, please use it in the future.

There are several third party IM clients that allow you to use AIM accounts. Run searches for the following, then read, read, read. After that research, if you still have questions, please don't hesitate to post them.

Search terms: IM, IM+, Verichat, WebMessenger, Yak-On, AIM, Ramble.

Also read this: BlackBerry IM Chat Apps/FAQ - MSN/AIM/ICQ/Yahoo/Google [UPDATED]

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Wirelessly posted (Blackberry 8700c: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Only if cingular supported aim :(
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yes i read about all of those. I have the MDA 5.0 now and i have tried all those programs, webmessenger, Verichat, IM+..etc Although i was hoping that someone would comment on the actual AIM feature that you can download by going to internet browser then to instant messaging and downloading AIM. So do you or anyone else know about the AIM feature that comes on the phone and not about the other ones listed?

I also see your from seattle so am i. GO SEAHAWKS, SUPER BOWL XLI IS OURS BABY!!!!

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WHAT IM JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT IS IF THE 8700g AIM is by OZ Instant Messaging??? If it is then it solves all my questions, that company sucks i have OZ with my MDA and its pitful, i hate having to go refresh my buddy list every 5 minutes and i hate getting delayed messages. So if the 8700g HAS OZ IM please tell me because i wont get the phone. I dont want to download any other programs like IM+...etc i dont like them either. I WOULD JUST LIKE A FREAKING PROGRAM THATS LIKE THE SIDEKICK AIM !!!!
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it is by Oz. it uses SMS. T-Mobile is greedy. RIM and AOL are releasing a native AIM client that will be free for use over the data network (using your BlackBerry data plan not carrier data - although they are both unlimted with T-Mobile), although T-Mobile may or may not offer it (they waited until just recently, months later, to offer the Yahoo IM client).

available now are the Google Talk and Yahoo IM clients. upcoming are AIM and ICQ. later on, likely delayed due to recent competition in the enterprise market, an MSN client is expected. these won't be all-in-one clients, but rather individual ones.
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ive browsed through some threads and have seen that alot people like Ramble Messenger. Does anyone have some screen shots of it in action? Ramble is my last chance because as i have highly stated before i need AIM to be close to what its like on the PC.
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yeah i know it sucks about the SMS thats stupid it should be part of the data plan but do you know when this native client is coming out or is it something that will come into play in the future?
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no dates have been set - just announcements. wait until WES is over (next week) and look for some reports coming out of there. its like the E3 for RIM/BlackBerry. should be a lot of product announcements (such as the new 7130g device), so there could be some news on the IM client front.
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so do you know anything about this Ramble Messenger and do you know of any place where i can see some screen shots of it?
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I had the SK2 since it came out and loved the AIM program it came with. I switched to the 8700g but was hesitant at first cause of the lack of AIM(real AIM). I use Ramble now and i find it to be pretty good. It's definitely not as nice as SK2 AIM(no AIM sounds, can't read away messages, buddylist aren't sorted in the same order like they are on your desktop). It works though and it's definitely functional.
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so its better than the OZ AIM that comes with it then? and would Palm AIM programs work on this?

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I paid $20 for Yak-On and love it. I tried Ramble, hated it. It didn't stay connected, a major thing with me. Yak-On offers tabbed I.M. windows (up to 4), buddy lists are the same as on PC, you can make and edit your own away messages, and always stays connected. The only thing that I still want from it is the ability to check away messages and they said that'll be in the next update.
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I heard alot of people saying that they were good but that yak-on really ate into your battery life. Have you or anyone else tried in on the 8700g? have they fixed that by now?
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New version of Yak-On has greatly improved on the battery life issue. I had it running all day yesterday, while I was constantly checking/replying to 40+ e-mail's, placing calls, and taking a break to play brick breaker occasionally, and by the time I went to charge the 8700 at around 10:30-11pm it was in the red, but still not dead and I had yet to receive a low battery warning. Works for me.
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good to know, that has changed my mind about the phone and im selling my other one right now. Hopefully ill like it, im just a pretty heavy AIM user so i just needed a good messaging program.

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I agree with Ian. I've been using Yak-On exclusively for AIM since I got my 8700c (on TMO) and haven't had an issue. The latest version has definately upped my battery life and it's really sweet! Give it a try!
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I couldn't get yak on to connect and they never answered my email so I stayed with Ramble.
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dk- that's odd to hear about Yak-On's support. When I was having trouble installing it onto my 8700, I was exchanging hourly emails with thier support. You might want to try emailing them again...just my 2 cents..
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well im ordering one tomorrow so hopefully itll be cool! Ill try both Ramble and yak-on and see which ones better, since i already know what webmessenger, verichat, and IM+ are like for pocket PC phones.

OH and also for all you yak-on or ramble users, can you send with enter and can you hide your offline buddies? and causerie messenger doesnt look bad any reviews on that?

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