Instant messenger program Palringo connects to MSN (Windows Live), AOL (AIM), Yahoo, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook Chat, and the niche networks QQ, Gadu-Gadu, and MobileMe (iChat). Palringo also runs a collection of chatrooms. You can share your location with other people, but only if they use Palringo too.
Palringo can send voice messages, but it can't make real VoIP calls like Nimbuzz, fring, and Talkonaut. Palringo doesn't connect to Skype, not even to Skype's instant messaging network.
The latest edition of Palringo compresses outgoing data, which makes communications slightly faster, but the speed improvement is so small that you probably won't notice it. If you have a touch screen phone you might find the user interface slightly better, and a bug that bit the Samsung Omnia HD was fixed.
• Palringo (download through SMS link)
Palringo direct download page UPDATE: This link is dead. And so is Symbian.
Thursday, 10 September 2009