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BeeJive Instant Messenger app now available for hefty price

If you used an iPhone before native applications came along, then you may have used BeeJive's web app for instant messaging. BeeJive [iTunes link] has now released a native application for the iPhone/iPod touch.

Some of the features of BeeJive for iPhone are:
  • 24/7 connectivity, but easy on battery life
  • Get notifications via email even if the application is closed (you will need push email for this to work properly)
  • Works with AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk, ICQ, Jabber, and MySpace IM (What? There's no FaceBook support?)
  • Unicode support for chatting in any language
  • Landscape typing supported
  • Saves chat history, which you can email
  • Send SMS messages through AIM or Yahoo
  • Complete management of buddy lists
  • Configure alerts, sounds, vibration, etc.
Now, with a feature list like this, there also comes a price: $15.99. That's right ... sixteen dollars for an iPhone IM application! Despite the high price, the reviews on the App Store seem to be mostly positive -- when I wrote this post the application held a 4.5-start rating.

According to the App Store listing, the developer plans to add emoticons, group chat support, and full support for hyperlink text. Here's to hoping this application gets a sale price in the future.

Would you purchase BeeJive for iPhone?
Yes418 (9.6%)
Maybe561 (12.9%)
No1728 (39.6%)
I don't use IM applications271 (6.2%)
Tin cans and string only costs $1.99 at Home Depot1108 (25.4%)
-delete-274 (6.3%)



Thanks, Zyber Joe!

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