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QuickIM and its benefits compared to other messengers

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:50 pm    Post subject: QuickIM and its benefits compared to other messengers Reply with quote

QuickIM can be downloaded from http://www.quickim.com

QuickIM is a mobile messenger that runs on mobile phones, PDAs and smartphones. It allows you to connect to the MSN instant messaging network and chat with your friends from anywhere you are. Support for AOL and Yahoo networks are planned. QuickIM is also available for corporate networks and can connect to private instant messaging networks running QuickIM server software. So it offers users a good private wireless messaging solution for companies who don't want to use public networks to exchange sensitive information.

QuickIM connects directly* to the instant messaging network instead of through a third party vendor own gateway as it is with most other solutions. The positive point being your chat messages won't be intercepted by a third party gateway with potential confidentiality issues (important if what you say may contain sensitive information). The drawback of this is you sign on speed may be a little slower, and when you lose GPRS coverage, your friends will see you as offline. But may be this is not a too big issue since you are anyway unable to answer to your friends messages if you are out of coverage.

Classic messenger features (buddy list, emoticons, multiple chat rooms) are present, plus some additional features such as the QuickText feature to pre-record useful message templates and the last received message scroller. Overall, the messenger has a simple user interface. The messenger can be configured to run in background, in case of new messages coming in, you'll be alerted by a sound signal.

Advanced features: multi-user chat compatible (most messengers only support one to one chat sessions), chat history recording*, chat picture taking* and sending, voice message recording* and sending (no need to type your message!).

Support of many languages: QuickIM is compatible with most languages including Chinese or right to left text entering languages.

The pricing of QuickIM is one time fee as opposed to annual subscription fee of some other paid solutions. So it may be more expensive than a free solution, but its cost is limited compared to other paid solutions if you do care about not letting third parties read your messages. Even though there is no annual subscription fee, in case of server protocol changes, QuickIM will update the software within the shortest delay.

So to summarize, the main benefits are:

1. QuickIM is VERY data bandwidth friendly! This is because as opposed to some other messengers (free or paid) that are proxy based, QuickIM uses direct socket method to connect to instant messaging servers, and doesn't need to poll the server for new information every few seconds, instead it sends/receives data only when there is truly a message to send/receive (once an hour?). The difference in GPRS data cost is of course HUGE!

2. QuickIM connects directly to the instant messaging network instead of through a third party vendor own gateway as it is with most other solutions. The positive point being your chat messages won't be intercepted by a third party gateway with potential confidentiality issues (important if what you say may contain sensitive information).

3. The pricing of QuickIM is one time fee as opposed to annual subscription fee of some other paid solutions. So it may be more expensive than a free solution, but its cost is limited compared to other paid solutions if you do care about not letting third parties read your messages.

4. QuickIM is also available for corporate networks and can connect to private instant messaging networks running QuickIM server software. So it offers users a good private wireless messaging solution for companies who don't want to use public networks to exchange sensitive information.

* available on compatible devices. On some mobile phones that don't support SSL (bad Java engine implementation, operator blocked the port, etc.), QuickIM uses a proxy to allow the user to authenticate with MSN (same as other messenger providers). All the remaining text messages go directly to MSN.


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