IM business opportunity

There is a business opportunity out there right now. There is not a single one IMPS service available (free or commercial). The previous such services were YamiGO and SmartVAS, but both stopped working during the past year and they are now unmaintained.

IMPS for mobile phones is a service that utilizes the Jabber server as a backend, and then feeds IM functionality to mobile phones that support the WirelessVillage (WV) protocol. Via the jabber transport feature, YamiGO had added support for Y!, MSN, AIM and ICQ too. If a new such service comes to life, probably they should also add Jabber and GoogleTalk support too. The idea is that the company takes care only of the server part and the translation between the several protocols and Jabber and then, between Jabber and WV. The company will have to not take care of the client part, except for device testing to ensure compatibility.

The client comes built-in on most phones: phones that support the WirelessVillage protocol are all Nokias (S40 and S60), most Motorolas, and all SonyEricssons. Some specific models of Samsung and LG also come with a WV IM client.

It is very weird that such a service does not exist, because these *native* IM clients on these phones go largely unused by users. Sure, some users have bought J2ME apps to do IM’ing, but usually, these java apps suck goats compared to the phone’s native IM app — plus the good J2ME ones cost money.

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John Bäckstrand wrote on January 30th, 2007 at 9:21 AM PST:

Bombus (http://bombus.jrudevels.org/) does not suck goats imo. The built-in IM client in my phone does, though, and it does not support compression so will suck up the bandwidth.

Now, granted, I still dont use Bombus. Why? I dont ever IM anymore it seems, and using the cramped tiny screen of my E398 and associated “T9″ input is just not a fun experience, no matter how good the software is.


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Eugenia wrote on January 30th, 2007 at 10:09 AM PST:

>Bombus does not suck goats imo.

Sorry, can’t read Russian.

>and using the cramped tiny screen of my E398 and associated “T9″ input is just not a fun experience

Which is why I always use phones with a real keyboard for my personal usage.


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