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Remember my post about Whatsapp Messenger a while ago?

Whatsapp Messenger which is very famous among iPhone and Blackberry users, has now expanded their service to the Symbian platform! It works like BBM on Blackberrys whereby users can chat among each other (now with people on other platforms) for free! Messages are sent using wifi/3G.

It’s an ALWAYS ON application like SMS. You don’t need to sign in to anything at all. Messages just comes like how you receive SMS.

The download link for Symbian devices is up on their site. Click to http://www.whatsapp.com/download/ and click on Nokia.

Here’s how the interface looks like.

For your information, currently Symbian users can only send text to friends. Transfer of images, audio and location is only available for iPhone and Blackberry (transfer images only).

Once installed, the app will look for other Whatsapp users from your phonebook and display them in the “favourites” list in your Whatsapp. You can then chat with them.

Tips:
- If you want to chat with your friend, make sure you have their phone numbers saved in your phonebook or else they will not appear in your favourite list.
- The app does not quit/close. It stays ON forever. This means it will keep consuming data (wifi/3G) so make sure you have unlimited data package or it will cost you a bomb.

Go download WHATSAPP for Symbian now! Remember to tell your Nokia, iPhone and Blackberry friends about this app so we don’t need to SMS one another anymore!

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Symbian users! Ever wished you can send text messages to your friends for free? Wouldn’t it be great if you can chat with your friends on iPhone and Blackberry for free? Soon you can!

Whatsapp Messenger which is very famous among iPhone and Blackberry users now, will be expanding their service to Symbian platform soon!

According to them, “WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messaging app which allows you to exchange messages with your friends and contacts without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is cross platform and is currently available for iPhone and BlackBerry and yes, iPhones and BlackBerries can message each other too! To send and receive messages, WhatsApp utilizes your existing smartphone internet data plan: 3G/EDGE (or Wi-Fi when available)”

Got the hang of it yet? I am one of the beta testers of the app for Symbian and I can say that it’s working very well even at beta stage. Check out some screenshots I took on my Nokia X6.

The app has to be connected to the Internet in order to work. Users can choose to connect to Wifi or 3G. Upon launching Whatsapp for the first time, we need to register our phone number so that your friends can see you in their Whatsapp contact list automatically.

The main menu of the app has 4 sections;

- Chats [all your chat sessions with your friends]
- Favourties [your chatable contacts... Wthe app automatically searches your phonebook for Whatsapp users]
- Contacts [your full phonebook contacts]
- Status [you can change your status to let your friends know if you are free to talk or not]

[LEFT] Status screen, you can select one of the preset statuses or set your own.
[RIGHT] List of conversations with your friends.

FYI, Whatsapp is “always-on”. That means there is no way to quit the app. It is always on cos it tries to mimic SMS… which is always available. You do not need to login to chat. Everytime you get a message, you will see a popup on the screen.

Whatsapp will soon be available in the OVI Store. Wait for it cos it is the most awesome thing to happen on mobile phones.

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Good news to all S60v5 users (N97, 5800, 5530 etc)!!!

Nimbuzz just rolled out a brand new version of its popular messaging app that supports Twitter!

According to them, they just did 3 great things by launching:

the most powerful Twitter app on Symbian – adding a whole new element of “real-time”!
a world first, with pop-up notifications for chats and events while Nimbuzz runs in the background!
added kinetic scrolling to all 5th Edition phones – which will rock your touch screen!

The fully integrated Twitter function is better than any standalone Twitter client for Symbian, plus you get all that extra Nimbuzz goodness!
You can Tweet, ReTweet, Follow, Unfollow, Direct Message, visualize Timeline, Search, view Trends, view Profiles… you name it!

Here is a list of the new features and improvements:

* Full Twitter client – Timelines, Tweet, DM, Searches, Trends, Profiles and much more!!
* Kinetic scroll – available for Symbian 5th edition touch screen phones (e.g. Nokia 5800, Nokia N97, N97 mini, Nokia 5730, Nokia X6 )
* Chat History –see all your past conversations
* Pop-Up notification – for new chats and other events whenever Nimbuzz runs in the background
* DTMF tones in calls – now you can press 1 in a call , when the robot tells you so ;)
* NimbuzzOut rate calculator – see the rates for calling to different countries
* Upgraded UI – new chat screen layout & contact list layout

Cant wait to try it on your Nokia touchscreen devices? Download the new Nimbuzz 2.2 for Symbian now from Nimbuzz.com

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Many of us are using Symbian touch devices like Nokia 5800, Nokia N97 etc. Many of us are also using messengers like MSN, GTalk, Yahoo and Skype.
So how many of you are actually chatting on these messengers using your phones? I know I do.

These are my top 3 favourite chatting/messenger apps for S60v5 devices. We shall analyse them in 3 categories: Interface, Usability/Functionality and Stability.

Showing only 3 apps does not mean I have not tried other apps like Nimbuzz, IM+, Agile Messenger etc.. just that they are not as good as these 3 here

3rd place: FRING

One of the most famous messenger app is Fring. It’s available for multiple platforms like Symbian, iPhone etc. It comes with many features like Facebook and Twitter integration, friends finder, file and photo sending, Fring calls, etc. I used to like it when I was using the N96 but the touch version is too cluttered and it disconnects from 3G very frequently.

Interface: 2.5/5
Usability/Functionality: 4/5
Stability: 2/5
Total score: 8.5 out of 15

Download from Fring.com
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2nd place: MSN Messenger

MSN China has did it once… building an MSN Messenger app for users. It was great as it has 90% of the compute version of MSN Messenger… but for a period of time, it didn’t work and thus the news died down after that.

Fret not! The app is now brought alive again and is again usable on touch devices! I love the interface as it resembles the original MSN, has sound alerts and other features like contacts profile photo, search contacts etc. One thing I dont like: The buttons and text are too small for fingers to touch.

Interface: 4/5
Usability/Functionality: 3/5
Stability: 3/5
Total score: 10 out of 15

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1st place: Palringo

Palringo was famous with it’s push-to-talk apps back in the N95 era. They have slowly evolved into a messenger app and now they support most of the messengers out there like MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook etc. The interface is very simple, loads very quickly and easy to use. It has never got disconnected from 3G since the day I started using it til now. IT still has features like sending photo and voice(utilising their famous push-to-talk) technology.

1 thing that i dont quite like is that it lacks of the ’search contacts’ feature.

Interface: 3.5/5
Usability/Functionality: 4.5/5
Stability: 5/5
Total score: 13 out of 15

Download from Palringo.com

What do you think of these FREE messenger apps? Do you have any favorite messenger apps that you use on your phone? Leave a comment and let us know! :D

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I was surfing around the net and I found a forum in weird language and some member of the forum posted the file of the beta version of Fring for S60v5!!! Hahahaha and I quickly installed it.

It’s still in beta version and has bugs with MSN. I checked out Fring.com and seems like they will be launching the final version in a few weeks time.

Check out these screen shots I just took.

Once opened, the super big Fring logo is displayed and it says BETA Version. Then we get to choose which messenger service to connect to, as seen in the screen shot above.

Once selected and connected, your contact list will be displayed in 3 categories(as usual) online, busy and away (all services will be merged into 1 list). We have the option to call, send file, chat and many more.

The individual chat screen looks like this. Tapping on the text field will bring up your chosen input method. There are 3 big buttons at the bottom too. Call, send files and send message.

Wanna try out this Fring beta for Nokia 5800? CLICK HERE

I have tried it to connect to MSN and Fring starts to close and open repeatedly… but it works fine when I only connect to GTalk and Facebook. So you might not wanna use MSN on this version of Fring for now

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Skype released their very first java version of the of the famous software for mobilephones sometime ago and recently they have launched a newer version, but it still in Beta stage.

It worked well on my N82 and N96. Eventhough its not a Symbian app, it still works very smoothly as if it was made for the operating system.

With Skype Mobile, you can now chat with your friends in Skype on the go, via 3G, GPRS, Edge or WiFi. You can also direct your Skype calls to your mobile but that will require Skype credits.

Try it and chat away with your buddies while you are not in front of your computer. It’s a nice looking app. Free too. So why not right?

Remember to add me to your buddy list! My ID is “smashpop” :D

Get Skype.

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NIMMMMMMMMMMMBUZZZZZZZZzzzZZzzZZzz!!!

LOL yes i found out about this thing that we all S60 users might like a lot.

It’s an app for S60 phones which allows the users to connect to their friends via most of the common social messengers like MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, Gtalk, Skype and even Facebook!

It also allows us to make calls to our friends on their messengers… which means… you will be talking on your phone (like how u normally would, holding the phone to your ears) and your friends will be talking to their microphone in front of their computer! How cool is that.


some screenshots i took off my phone.

Nimbuzz also lets us send text messages, mutlimedia messages and emails over the data network! (its good if you have unlimited data plan)

So wait no more and go check out NIIIMMMBBBUUZZZZZ

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