BlackBerry IM’ing questions answered

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icq.jpgSo yesterday we let you know about ICQ and AIM becoming available for the BlackBerry (and Windows Live Messenger has been added into the fray since). We’ve received a bunch of emails from various tipsters, but a couple were more helpful than others. BBCool contributor and Forums moderator Jibi (with the assistance of another user, jungleland), have put together a great guide for all of the clients, and you can check that out here (all information’s been confirmed by the Boy Genius).

Take a sneak peak at the FAQ about the clients after the jump, it’ll hopefully clear some things up for you.

- These do not currently OFFICIALLY work for anyone but a handhful of users (and that small percentage is on TMO). This is due to the missing service books from your carrier. These should be available shortly, although it is currently unknown as to who will get them and what kind of exclusivity agreements are in place between RIM and the carriers.
- As mentioned in the agreement you accept prior to downloading/installing these clients, RIM does not support these clients and are available ‘as is’ from them (yes, they are developed by RIM).
- When functional, these clients will use up KB from your data plan (if you are not on an unlimited plan) and will not impact your text messaging plans (some IM clients do affect these SMS/text plans).
- With the workaround, AIM, MSN and ICQ clients have been confirmed as working (by myself, personally -Jibi)
- The 30 ‘buddy’ limitation found in AIM is a limitation of AIM Mobile; RIM’s client for AIM utilizes the built-in ‘Mobile Device’ group provided by AOL

  • nsimpson

    Just a heads up. The service is down, as of last night but we prob. will see an offical release very soon.

  • nsimpson

    Just a heads up. The service is down, as of last night but we prob. will see an offical release very soon.