I’ve been looking for a decent instant messenger client for my phone recently. The one I’ve got is good enough for occasional use, but it can be quite unstable so it’s not really suited to long conversations.
I’ve had quite a few problems finding a system I’m happy to use. The main problem I had was Spleak (the little talkative robot on MSN messenger) ignoring me and making me think things didn’t work. Of course, when I thought things didn’t work, I deleted them. It was only later that I found out she was just being an ignorant little cyber cow.
I swear, I’ve tried out so many mobile instant messengers the past few days that I’ll be happy never to talk to anyone ever again. I’ve also noticed something rather strange on the instant messaging scene.
ICQ, AIM, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo. Five seperate messenger systems that require five seperate clients and they can’t interact with each other. What’s the deal? How come I can’t just sign up with ICQ and still chat with friends on MSN or any of the other ones?
This makes absolutely no sense to me. What if you signed up with a mobile network and could only send a text to other people on that network? Would you keep using that network? Of course you wouldn’t. How about e-mail? Would it have become the most used form of communication on the planet if you could only send mail to people who use the same provider? Would you use a telephone service that only let you call people using the same service? Of course not.
Something needs to be done to deregulate this. I don’t want to have to individually log into five seperate accounts just to chat to people. Surely I’m not the only one annoyed by this?
Oh, by the way, I ended up getting Nimbuzz for the time being. It’s not perfect, but for a mobile messenger it’s pretty good. So far it only supports MSN and Google Talk, but ICQ, AIM and Yahoo will be added soon. Also, the data usage is miniscule compared to most of the competitors. I recommend it to anyone looking for a decent mobile messenger.