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For those still looking for a free Instant Messaging alternative to AOL's AIM [Free, App Store] and Twenty08's MobileChat [$2.99, App Store] should take a look at Palringo [Free, App Store].

The application has just been updated to version 1.1 and offers compatibility with multiple service providers including:

- AIM
- Google Talk
- Yahoo! Messenger
- Gadu Gadu
- ICQ
- Jabber
- Windows Live Messenger

One minor disadvantage with Palringo is the need to create a Palringo specific login in order to use the application. Forum user trunksu has posted a FAQ detailing some of the differences between the apps.

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mingisback

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May 21, 2003
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The Palringo specific login is similar to the Meebo specific login. It's a way to have a single sign on and log into multiple IM services at once. I don't see this as a disadvantage at all.
 

jahsavi

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Oct 3, 2007
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Great app, works exactly like MobileChat. I can send pictures!! You also stay logged in as long as the app is opened and no one calls you.
 

websyndicate

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Aug 22, 2007
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iChat

Totally didnt like the service. The software was really buggy. I have the new mobile chat that was released the other day and if did work I could say I like it but it has been down since I downloaded it.I just need iChat straight up. Can I get an AMEN?

Also the setting up of my accounts if horrible the interface well just plain sucks.
 

bbplayer5

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Apr 13, 2007
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When mobilechat works, you wont have to be in the app to stay online. The server will keep you logged in.
 

stilesja@us.ibm

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May 7, 2004
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IM is kind of pointless in General without the push notification service. MobileChat actually takes a stab at this although its not working for the time being but SMS or email is a sub-par way to handle this. Once the notification service comes live I think we well see some really innovative apps come online. Until then chat applications are not that great.
 

heyp

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Jan 29, 2008
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i just downloaded palringo and cannot connect to any other IM services... i click add service and then put in my email and password for that service and it tries to do something but fails and nothing ends up happening
 

Los Royers

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Jul 7, 2008
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same here, tells me incorrect password, when its correct, tried multiple times. Trying to add yahoo. AIM did connect though
 

bubbagumpshrimp

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Jun 16, 2008
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i just downloaded palringo and cannot connect to any other IM services... i click add service and then put in my email and password for that service and it tries to do something but fails and nothing ends up happening

yeah, this is the reason I deleted it when it first came out. sounds like the update isn't fixing this issue.
On another comment, I agree that IM is kinda useless until apple allows push for apps.
 

arjaosx

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Mar 19, 2008
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I'm happier with my non-working copy of MobileChat than I am with Parlingo. The interface alone is worth $3.



Actually I'd prefer Adium. iChat is useless for most as nobody outside of the US uses AIM.

iChat is not exclusive to AIM, I use iChat over my Google Talk account and it works fine, but id mych prefer Skype for video calls.
 

ert3

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Dec 10, 2007
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its just a bit buggy for my tastes. making it ofcourse cheaper for a reason
 

SnowLeopard2008

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Jul 4, 2008
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i like aim alot better, palringo makes you sign up for their service, which is free but not necessary. id use mobilechat... interface is like comparing MS-DOS to Leopard. Miles away. Lol.
 

mixel

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Jan 12, 2006
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If that were the case then it wouldn't be separate on your bill.
I think he meant all the instant messaging apps are using data, not that SMS and data are both data.

The apps don't use SMS, none of them have, and if anyone's getting charged for SMS something seriously weird and wrong is happening.
 
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