An average teen sends 3700+ text messages per month, which off course cost a lot of money. It would be even better to communicate with your friends for free by using IM apps on your cellphones and PCs.
We have compiled a list of Top 5 most popular IM apps in the world today. Let us know in comments which one you use.
Meebo’s app sport features like landscape mode for marathon messaging sessions and push notifications, so you can get instant message alerts just like text messages. The built-in features vary slightly from mobile platform to mobile platform, the really killer feature for Meebo is the cross-platform synchronization. Every mobile app has access to your full chat history, so the chat session on your Android phone can continue on your desktop when you log into Meebo at home. Meebo supports dozens of popular to obscure IM platforms including Yahoo!, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, MySpace, ICQ, Jabber, and Google Talk.
Trillian is also a cross-platform instant messaging app that makes it simple to synchronize your IM contacts across every device you use, from the desktop to your smartphone. The mobile client supports insertion of camera phone pictures into messages, notification bar alerts, tabbed chats, and landscape mode on supported phones. Trillian for iOS and BlackBerry devices is $4.99, while the Android beta is currently free. It supports Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook Chat, AIM, ICQ, and Google Talk IM networks.
This app sports a clean interface and custom grouping of contacts across IM networks. Your friend list is linked to your phone contacts so you can easily call/email a friend directly from the chat window. On supported phones you can transfer files, insert your GPS location into a chat message, and set up custom alert profiles. Beejive is $9.99 and supports AIM, MobileMe, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Chat, MySpace Chat, Facebook Chat, Jabber, and Google Talk.
2. BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry Messenger unlike the other mobile messaging applications doesn’t let you send messages to a myriad of networks. BBM only sends messages to other BlackBerry devices. You can send messages of unlimited length, receive message delivery confirmation, and share media like photos and video with multiple contacts at once. You can easily create groups of contacts to message them all at once, such as a group for your snowboarding group or for a project at work. Despite BBM working only on BlackBerry devices, you will find plenty of chat applications for iOS and Android phones billing themselves like “BlackBerry Messenger!”.
1. Google Talk
Google Talk for mobile devices makes it easy to chat with other Google Talk users. It is available for Android and BlackBerry phones as a standalone client and for iOS devices as an optimized web site. The Android and BlackBerry versions sport custom notifications and multiple chat windows. Google Talk doesn’t support dozens of mobile servers, although interoperability with XMPP services is part of the overall Google Talk mission.