I am a heavy user of “Google Talk“. And never wanting to be…
I am a heavy user of “Google Talk“. And never wanting to be disconnected, I’ve wanted to use Google Talk on my iMate kJam (also known as HTC Wizard) for a long time. Unfortunately, the geniuses at Google have not yet developed a version of Google Talk for Windows Mobile 5, which is what I am using on my iMate kJam.
To counter that, I went in search of an IM (Instant Messaging) application that would allow my iMate phone to connect to the Google Talk servers. The top results in web searches are always pointing to IM+, which is an application for Windows Mobile that lets you connect to ICQ, AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Jabber AND Google Talk, all from your Windows Mobile Phone. So, I downloaded it (which you can do by clicking here:IM+), and am running it now to see how it works out.
So far, here are the PROs and CONs…
– You receive notifications similar to “New SMS” notifications when you receive new messages
– Can connect to all of the above servers, not just Google Talk
– Allows you to see who’s online (which is expected, but cool that it works anyway)
– REAL easy to set up
– Easy enough to use
– You can set it to sign in automatically
– More an issue with the phone, but when you receive a call, it disconnects your GPRS connection, disconnecting your from all the servers
– Obviously, be careful of your data charges (downfall of your Service Provider, not the package)
– A tad expensive to buy, though worth it depending on how much you use it
If you use this, or are planning on using this to communicate on Google Talk, please let me know how it goes.
UPDATE: Please check out this post for info on an even BETTER tool for using Google Talk on Windows Mobile phones, as well as using Google Talk on ANY phone with a JAVA runtime environment (most phones these days have this): “Google Talk and MORE on all Mobile Phones“