JiveTalk for iPhone: First Look

JiveTalk for iPhone: First Look

Last week, we took a look at Meebo, a universal chat client that you use through the Web. We looked at Meebo as an option to do IM on the iPhone. Earlier this week, an alpha version of Beejive's JiveTalk for iPhone was unveiled.

 

JiveTalk is compatible with AIM/iChat, GoogleTalk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, and Yahoo. It's free, but since the software is at the alpha stage of development, it still has bugs, though we didn't encounter any. If you're looking to save your SMS count, you can use JiveTalk.

 

To try JiveTalk, fire up Safari on your iPhone and go to iphone.beejive.com.

 

 

We added an AIM account. AIM is compatible with iChat. If you want to add an account with a different service, then select it from the list.

 

Next: Chatting on JiveTalk.

 

 

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Frank


The application looks very nice but the important question is: can you receive phone calls while you are using this application? Since this works through the web browser I am really wondering is whether or not an EDGE phone on the AT&T network is capable of using the EDGE data connection and receiving phone calls at the same time.

If it isn't then most chat applications will be useless. On the EVDO data network (Sprint and Verizon) you are capable of receiving calls while using the data connection. However, on the older 1xRTT that Sprint and Verizon still use in some areas your calls will go straight to voice mail if you are using the data connection.

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