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Recovering from BlackBerry crash? 7 really cool chat apps

Last updated on: October 21, 2011 06:54 IST

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Gourav Jain, Tech2Date.com

BlackBerry Messenger popularly known as BBM have become hot news quite through out the year. A recent news which confirmed fall of RIM BBM services left users limited to making calls ans sending and receiving SMS messages.

I think one of the lessons to be learned is that, perhaps, this centralisation of services has not been such a good idea and therefore it does not make sense to completely depend RIM's infrastructure. We should always have some handy alternatives with us.

Although there is evidence to suggest that BBM could expand beyond the borders, BBM communication is limited to other BlackBerry users only.

So taking advantage of the situation and considering diversification of services, we will review 7 instant messaging services as alternative to BlackBerry Messenger with which we can be in touch with our friends and also expand the reach of our communication to users of other mobile platforms.

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1. Samsung ChatON

ChatON, the latest messaging app from Samsung provides cross-platform support. It's somehow similar to BBM but leaves it far behind when compared with its features and compatibility.

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2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the multi-platform instant messaging services more widespread because it allows us to communicate with BlackBerry devices, IOS, Android, Symbian and more recently, Windows Phone, which broadens the horizon enough and allows us to speak virtually on all existing platforms.

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3. Google Talk

Google Talk is another classic services that operating from a long time. Google Talk or Gtalk is the instant messaging service from Google that have presence in many mobile platforms like Android, BlackBerry and Symbian.

It allows us to communicate with our contacts in Gmail that we added to our list of chat.

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4. GroupMe

GroupMe is another instant messaging service which is present on multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry) and with which we converse with our friends, create closed groups to talk (chat group), exchange pictures etc.

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5. PingChat!

PingChat is an instant messaging service available for BlackBerry, iOS and Android, with which we can contact our friends, receive notifications via push, share multimedia content with them or chatting in groups.

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6. LiveProfile

LiveProfile is another alternative to BlackBerry Messenger and it's available for BlackBerry, Android and IOS. The service allows interaction through messages, supports the management of the SMS inbox and sending multimedia content, but also requires registration.

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7. Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is another one of the great classics of the list. It allows to chat and inteact with users both from desktops and mobiles. The other prominent feature provided by this app is file sharing and management.

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