Account needed for ichat?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by djsound, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. djsound macrumors 6502a

    djsound

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    I have ichat but but cant seem to use it. How do I create an account for it? You dont have to have a .mac account or something do you? That would mean you have to pay to chat? Im lost...thanks.
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

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    You can set up a trial .Mac/Mobile Me account for free, and continue to use it for iChat even when it's expired.
     
  3. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    You can also use an AOL instant messaging screename. You may have one already, in which case it'd be quicker than setting up a .Mac/MobileMe account, but it's all the same!
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    you can also sign up for an aim account at aim's website.
     
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    yeah...

    Welcome to chatting on the internet. We have these things called accounts.
     
  6. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    Amazing what happens when you actually try to use the tool.

    Hmm let's add an account. OH MY what account type? Let's see what the drop has to show me...

    Mac.com.. hmmm no I don't want to pay for that.....
    AIM.. hmm that's free
    Jabber.. free again
    Google Talk.. again free.

    Looking at the tool kinda answers the question. However of the 3 free options, only 1 really takes advantage of the video chat, and I'm pretty sure unless it's Macs/iChat your talking too, it won't do the 4 way conferencing. If one of them is a windows user they won't be able to join the 4 way.

    I know my response is kinda harsh but come on, the tool itself answers the question.
     
  7. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

    ltldrummerboy

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    ^^^
    If you're referring to AIM as the only free alternative to support video chat, think again. I can do a video chat with my Mac-owning, Gmail-using friends through iChat.
     
  8. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    What happens if your trial expires and someone else buys .Mac and wants that name? Surely Apple has to provide it to them...?
     

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