Palringo IM Client For iPhone Released
Tired of AOL’s AIM app? It’s great having IM on the iPhone, but their app isn’t the greatest chat experience (ie. for the longest time it never found my buddy list). If you are then here’s a new chat app on the scene that you might want to take a look at. It’s called Palringo. It’s been around for a while on Windows Mobile, Blackberry and S60 devices.
Palringo supports a wide range of clients, including AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber, Windows Live Messenger and Palringo’s own IM platform. They call it a “rich messaging” client, because it can send rich text. It revolves around three basic functions. First, of course, it will let you send your standard text messages, covering for those of you who don’t want to pay outrageous prices on SMS messages. Unlike others, however, you can also send images over the IM. You can simply snap a picture with the camera through Palringo, and if the other user is also using Palringo, it will show up right in their chat window, or as a link to the file hosted on Palringo’s servers if you send it using something other than your Palringo account. As though that weren’t cool enough, they are working on sending Vocal IM, which is the equivalent of Push to Talk, letting you exchange voice messages in real time.
They also boast the ability to remain logged in to all of your supported IM accounts at the same time, and interact with them seamlessly.
The application does have one small drawback, however. In order to use this app, regardless of whether you have an IM account with one of the supported 3rd party clients, it requires that you have a Palringo IM account as well.