MobileChat coming soon

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by hybrid62, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. hybrid62 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2008
    For those of you that are tired of the buggy AIM app look at this.
    I took this from their website for those who haven't seen it yet.

    Everyone’s been dieing for some feature lists, and while I could list everything that this thing does, it’s pointless to list things that every IM application would have. As a result, here are a few things that stand out in the application:

    Server-side connection management
    All of your connections will be managed by our servers and as a result, your IM sessions will remain active regardless of your phone’s connectivity options. If you drop coverage or EDGE craps out on you, we’ll keep the connection live until you come back onto our network. This creates a lot of flexibility for those of you who still have terrible network coverage.

    Multiple Accounts
    Now all of your accounts can be online at one time. You can connect up to 10 accounts over varying networks simultaneously. That means you can have your 3 AIM accounts, your GTalk account and your 2 MSN accounts all connected from your iPhone.

    Buddy Icon Support
    Set your buddy icon from a picture in your photo library and see your friend’s icons too. A first for MobileChat!

    Profiles & Away Messages
    Set your profile and view your friend’s or set a personalized away message.

    “Push Compatible”
    While we can’t enable Push notifications until Apple releases the service to developers in August (hopefully), we have built MC3 to take full advantage of push notifications as soon as they are offered. This will eventually allow you guys to get notified of new IMs even when you have the app closed!

    Instant Message a Phone Number
    Don’t want to waste those text messages on your plan? Just create a new IM and MobileChat will automatically display your contact list so you can send an IM to any mobile phone number. Once the message has been created, you can have a full “SMS like” conversation without using any text messages.

    Buddy Alias
    Call them what you want in MobileChat 3. If you want xoangelcutie93810xoxoxo to show up as “Tanya”, that won’t be a problem.

    Like I said, it’s not the best feature list, but this does highlight some of the serious improvements of MobileChat 3.
  2. Cubsfan macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Sounds awesome, but really, I don't think any of these chat clients will be too useful until push is enabled.

    When that comes, I'm sold. This going to be a pay for product?
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    This sounds really cool, and of course will be much better once Push comes in August/September. If it's free or reasonably priced ($4.99?) I'll probably grab it up quickly.

  4. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
  5. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    MobileChat for iPhone - As intended by Cupertino.

  6. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    As per

    "On another note, we will be charging $2.99 for MobileChat 3."
  7. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Extremely good price for such an outstanding app! Hopefully its up today!
  8. i-John macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2008
    The Republic of Texas
    Looks like it's the first truly "killer" app for the iPhone. Keeping the connection when not using the app, and when push notification becomes available, and they work... there won't be a need for another IM app. $3 for it is a steal.
  9. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    Don't know if I can justify buying an IM app without the push. I kind of like the idea of this keeping you online all the time but what if someone tries to contact me? I'm not going to be opening my IM every 5 minutes to check messages. So I'm curious if there's a way to disable that.

    I may just wait until the push comes out because there will be several instant messengers out by that time leading to more competition and better features for all.
  10. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    That's from the developer's website... I'm looking forward to it though - it looks like a great app
  11. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    Kill me now.
  12. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Shame that it was supposed to come out on launch day. Oh well, it's good that they had server problems :p. Cause now they have an Objective-C server instead of Ruby :).
  13. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    Even if true, the comments are rather unprofessional and it looks a lot like trying to justify their own delays by contrasting their efforts with Apples.

    More appropriate would just be to say they are trying to make their product the best it can be and won't release it until they are satisfied with it.
  14. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    While there's definitely some unnecessary Apple-bashing going on (why do developers feel it's wise to make digs at a company they need to work well with?), it's also refreshing to see them be honest about their own screw-ups:

  15. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    Yeah I find it funny where a few posts back they're trashing Apple's release and here they are having all these problems.
  16. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    I don't. The explained the didn't want to release it with problems. Hence them holding out until it's done. Something EA games never does. :D
  17. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    Except that context is everything. They could have simply done what you said, but they didn't.

    Releasing something like Mobilechat vs. iPhone 3g in different colors and memory capacities in many countries as well as a huge software upgrade?

    Sure, those are comparable releases...
  18. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    Yea, they took an unnecessary stab at Apple. I don't know why. I'm happy with my iPhone 3G experience so far. :D There are several bugs (apps crashing to hard restarts) but so did my MBP when I got it, haha. Hardly an excuse. :D
  19. wronski macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    I don't see how everyone in the iPhone forums can whine about issues but they can't. It's not like this group is some big company jabbing at Apple, "they" are likely 2 or 3 normal people making an iPhone app in their free time. There's a big difference when it comes to responsibility and expectations to do things well.
  20. Diversion macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I hope that this upcoming Push service means that when my phone is off, I can hit the Home button and see whether or not a message is waiting for me in AIM/MSN/etc. without having to unlock my phone completely to see a number on top of the program icon nto signify this.

    If I can't tell without having to completely unlock, this push will still remain crap for the most part.
  21. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    No one said they couldn't...
  22. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    No one said they couldn't. People said they shouldn't. They're a company. They're to be professional. People on a forum aren't representing a business trying to make money.
  23. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    hopefully should be here any day now.

    Finally - an IM app - so many have been waiting for this. Not everyone uses AIM!

    At $2.99, it's a steal.

    Can someone clarify this "push" thing for me ? If I understand correctly, this won't be released til later - so in the meantime - as soon as we exit the App, will I be automatically be signed out? Will the push just give you the ability to sort of run this app in the background?

    I think it's terrible how the creators of this App are constantly bashing Apple for whatever reason. Apple is being nice enough to give them an incredible way to distribute their App. Tons of people are gonna buy this thing for $2.99. Show some respect.

    Either way - I'm pretty disappointed it got delayed.
  24. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    This will be a good app if/when it actually comes out. They are too busy attacking Apple and making excuses for themselves. It's been delayed now about once a day over and over with a new excuse each time. They were also pretty unprofessional by making a blog post after I said something about them not having their act together telling people not to use their product if we don't like the way they are running their operation. They need to put more time into getting their product out instead of calling out customers.

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