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Best Instant Messaging Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

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Most of us want to stay connected with our family and friends when on go. Although your iphone, ipod Touch or iPad doesn’t come with a proper built-in instant messaging client, there are many instant messaging applications available for free download. With these apps, you can keep connected to Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, GTalk, AIM and other IM networks. Here are some of the very best instant messaging apps available at the iTunes App Store.

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eBuddy Messenger
eBuddy is one of the most popular instant messaging apps that lets you chat on AIM, MSN / Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Facebook Chat, GTalk, MySpace, Hyves and ICQ. You can easily switch between chats by swiping your screen, shake your iPhone or iPod Touch to send a buzzer, and get new message alerts and typing alerts in the chat screen.
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AIM (Free Edition)
AIM is redefining social networking – add a location to your status, post to your favorite social networks or chat directly with your Facebook or Google Talk friends. Check-in with foursquare. Post your status to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Lifestream with one tap. Now chatting with your Facebook or Google Talk friends is as easy as using AIM. You can also consider AIM (Paid Edition) and AIM for iPad
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IM+
IM+ will keep you connected to GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and Jabber. No pre-registration required. Just enter your account in the IM network and start the chat right away. You can also consider IM+ Pro.
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Palringo Instant Messenger
Palringo is an award-winning rich messaging client which enables you to send text, voice or photo messages to your contacts for free no matter what social network they use.
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Meebo
Meebo is integrated, all-in-one instant messaging that connects you with your friends everywhere. It supports all the major IM networks including AOL / AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, Gmail / Google Talk, Facebook, MySpace, and other networks.
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BeejiveIM with Push
BeejiveIM with Push lets you stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go. It keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM / MobileMe, MSN / Windows Live, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, Facebook, MySpace and Jabber on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
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Fuze Messenger
Fuze Messenger gives you safe, secure, professional instant messaging and presence (status) to and from the iPhone or iPod Touch. Stay connected real time with colleagues, associates, family, and friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Facebook, and Microsoft Office Communication Server (OCS).
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Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz is free calls and messaging for the connected generation. Everything you need to communicate for free. Use it to meet, share, and connect with friends. You can also import friends from popular networks (Yahoo!, MSN Messenger, AIM, ICQ, GoogleTalk, Facebook, MySpace, Hyves) and SIP VoIP accounts.
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MobileLinked IM
MobileLinked IM is a multi-services instant messenger. It is a light weight messenger designed to be simple and quick. MobileLinked IM talks to your IM servers directly. There is no middle-man in between, so the speed is twice as fast, and your privacy is in your own hand. No third-party account required just login and go. It supports services including MSN (Windows Live Messenger), Yahoo IM, AIM, Google Talk, Jabber and Tencent QQ (OICQ).
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Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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