Instant messaging is here to stay just like email. IM on mobile devices has made social connections on the go all the more easy and accessible. There are many free IM apps for the iPhone and below are the best ones worth trying out.
Nimbuzz is both a iPhone IM app and also a VOIP app. IM feature of Nimbuzz uses your accounts on Yahoo, MSN, AIM and even your social networking accounts in Facebook, MySpace or Hyves. You may also share videos and pictures with other people within the Nimbuzz network.
The undisputed champion of Instant Messenger AIM has got an iPhone app. All you got to have is an AOL account to chat with fellow friends across various instant messengers. However for facebook one need not have an AOL account. AIM for iPhone posts photos to your Lifestream, connect to anyone on the AIM network worldwide, see who's available before you contact them, view expressions and update status, send IMs and SMS text messages, view buddy list and IM conversations in landscape mode and more.
Fring is both a VOIP app and also serves as an Instant Messenger. Fring to other social services including GTalk, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, ICQ, and MSN Messenger. Fring supports push notification and lets you stay connected with your online friends anytime.
Meebo is an all-in-one instant messaging app that supports major IM networks - AOL/AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, Gmail/GTalk, Facebookand Myspace. The Meebo iPhone application features push notifications, works over 3G or Wi-Fi, allows multi-nework access protocols, automatic reconnect, access integration, search able and synchronized chat history, built-in browser, and advanced chat session management.
Ebuddy Pro Messenger
The eBuddy messenger is one of the most popular IM clients on the iPhone.
The messenger supports AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Facebook Chat, GTalk, MySpace, Hyves and ICQ. This iPhone IM app lets you personalize your chat experience using various themes. One can change his or her picture over various IM networks at once.