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Verizon Wireless offering Instant Messaging for wireless
Posted on 18-Dec-2003 07:49 | Tags Filed under: News

Verizon announce its graphics-based instant messaging (IM) application with access to multiple services for mobile phones. Called Verizon Wireless Mobile IM and available to Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers, it can individually log on to MSN Messenger, or AOL IM for an always on experience starting today, while Yahoo! Messenger is expected to launch in early 2004.

With the same branding and ease of use as their desktop applications, IMers will think they are on their PC with Verizon Wireless Mobile IM. Its full-color user interface lets customers:
  • Separately, view, refresh and manage Buddies, Contacts and Friends lists
  • Easily create messages using symbols and T9 predictive text
  • Receive instant messages, even if the handset is closed
  • Remain logged in, without incurring airtime charges
  • Hold multiple IM conversations
  • Change availability status
  • Block unwanted messages
  • Get on-screen help

    The services is initially available on the LG VX6000 camera phone and customers must already have an IM account with MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger. Customers must also download the Mobile IM application (initially available in the Get It Now virtual store under What's New and then under the getMESSAGING) to their wireless handset.

    Incoming and outgoing instant messages are charged as a SMS. Except for airtime used during the download process, there is no charge for Verizon Wireless Mobile IM.

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