I’ve always wondered why Apple’s Messages app on the iPhone didn’t support IM like iChat. I’ve tried a couple different IM apps on the iPhone, but never found one I liked and for some reason I never saw or heard of BeejiveIM. That is until the recent news stories showing pirated versions of the app popping up ‘PC LOAD LETTER’ messages, stopping pirates from using the app. ( For anyone not familiar with that, it’s an HP Laserjet message from the 90’s made into a hilarious bit in the movie Office Space. )
After reading about Beejive’s efforts to thwart piracy in a humorous way, I was curious about the app and I’m glad I looked. It’s iChat for the iPhone, simple as that- it looks similar, it supports attachments ( photos, audio recordings ), links, 8 IM formats, and uses push notifications. Best of all, it works perfectly – I’ve been hammering on this app all day with 6 different IM accounts all active at the same time. And some of those accounts are different usernames on AIM and WindowsLive, all working perfectly together.
The UI looks very much like iChat, and will let you change the background image easily. Beejive has also included some excellent background images for the chats too. Another feature I’m using often, now that I’m always online on the iPhone, is the different messages per account. You can either pick one status message for all accounts or pick them individually, which is quite useful on a mobile app. You can also view the contacts’ iPhone address book entry and the IM service’s entry, seeing how long they’ve been online and most other options you would have on a desktop IM App.
If you are looking for an IM app, you really need to consider BeejiveIM. I think it was $16 originally, but now it’s selling for $9.99. Although that’s on the more expensive range of iPhone apps, it’s totally worth it. I’ve already spent at least that amount on other IM apps but never found one that had a good UI, didn’t crash, or did not include an IM service I require. Now, I’ve finally found the perfect IM app for me. I highly recommend BeejiveIM, it’s the best IM app on the iPhone in my opinion and well worth the price.