It's great! It will introduce people to basic IM on BlackBerry, and be a stepping stone to superior IM software too;
I think it won't hurt PDAapps in the long term -- and actually help them, because sometimes people may be looking for superior alternatives.
"Dangit, why can't I just hit Enter to send IM's"
"Why can't I be logged onto both AIM and Yahoo simultaneously?"
"MSN is missing!"
"Notifications are not as configurable as I want them to be!"
"I want to multitask 2 conversations simultaneously at one hotkey!"
Verichat solves all the above problems, for example...
(I am comparing to the instant messaging client installed on 7100t's)
RIM is doing a great thing by making BlackBerries more popular and consumer-friendly, however, I don't view it as the demise of third party instant messaging software. That's why some of us pay $30 to buy Trillian (For Desktop PC's) from www.trillian.cc
to replace MSN Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, into one software program. Unless RIM does a miracle of making the software 100 times better than the 7100t instant messaging software, I'm one of those heavy users who still need to use third party software... More Info In This Thread