JiveTalk Provides Excellent Instant Messaging for iPhone

The competition to dominate instant messaging on the iPhone is heating up. Recently, Dave discussed Meebo, noting its functionality but also pointing out some usability issues like the inconvenient placement of the buddy list relative to the chat window, and the inability to resize the chat window.

However, today I stumbled upon JiveTalk.

This service allows users to be logged into multiple accounts such as AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, ICQ, and Jabber simultaneously. I tested the alpha release on my iPhone and it performed quite well.

The user interface is reminiscent of iChat, featuring multiple open AIM conversations and a small notification window that updates you on any activity in inactive chats.

Additionally, there are two “chat bubbles” at the top of the screen that allow for easy toggling between conversations.

Though still in alpha, it’s showing a lot of promise. Give it a try.

[Via Gizmodo]


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