Mobile users connected to Cingular in the United States can now connect to Instant Messenger services. Cingular Wireless and America Online partnered to offer Instant Messenger services over mobile phones, including AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ.
Access to the AIM and ICQ services will allow Cingular customers to use their mobile phones to manage their AOL Buddy Lists, check presence and availability of friends and family, and instant message with anyone in the AOL instant messaging community.
In September 2003, Cingular and America Online launched PC-To-Mobile (through SMS) and IM Forwarding services to ensure that Cingular subscribers were able to communicate with the millions of people using text messaging services and that their important instant messages would be forwarded to their mobile phones.
From November 2003, the AIM and ICQ services will be available on select Cingular instant messaging enabled phones, including the Nokia 3595, 3300, 3100, and 3200 phones. PC-To-Mobile messaging will continue to be available on all Cingular two-way text messaging capable phones.
Additionally, the two companies have launched the first mobile instant messaging compatible client based on the Wireless Village open standard, a universal specification for mobile instant messaging and presence services used for exchanging messages and presence information between mobile devices and Internet-based instant messaging services. This standard
makes it easier for wireless providers such as Cingular to develop and implement Internet-based applications like instant messaging.