British company Palringo brought multi-platform instant messaging to mobile phones for the first time. Palringo users can exchange not only text and picture messages but also vocal instant messages with users of seven other popular PC-based instant messaging services: AOL’s AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Microsoft Windows Live Messenger. Palringo is the first independent vocal IM service available in Europe.
Until now, instant messaging for mobiles has been limited to support for a single IM service. The Palringo user simply sees a single, easy-to-use interface, eliminating the need to continually switch between multiple IM tools. To send a vocal instant message, the Palringo user simply chooses a contact to whom to send a quick message, hold down a key and speaks, releasing the key to send the message instantly. Sending pictures is similarly a one-click process – an industry first.
Worldwide, one and a half billion instant messaging accounts across the major platforms testify to the global popularity of instant messaging. As a result of IM’s availability on mobile devices, Palringo foresees significant changes in mobile messaging behaviour.