AIM and ICQ Now on BlackBerrys Worldwide!

By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Sep 2008 11:06 am EDT
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AOL & ICQ Now Available Worldwide on All Carriers!

Finally! BlackBerry users everywhere should now be able to take advantage of AOL and ICQ (does anybody use ICQ anymore?!) instant messengers as well as AOL mail on their BlackBerry smartphones. At least that's what the Press Release issued by RIM says. I've heard from lots of Verizon and Rogers subscribers that they are now up and running with AIM, but as Ronen point outs it may not be available to everyone just yet (if you give it a try let us know in the comments if it is/isn't working for you. Note: you may want to resend your service books to ensure the current stuff for AIM gets through). Full app details and download instructions from the official announcement can be found after the jump!

AIM and ICQ for BlackBerry Smartphones

AIM and ICQ users make up one of the largest and most dynamic online and mobile communities with tens of millions of users worldwide and AOL and RIM have been working together to develop native software applications for BlackBerry smartphones that deliver a desktop-like mobile experience for the popular instant messaging services. The free AIM and ICQ applications will allow users to have a rich IM experience that is deeply integrated with their BlackBerry smartphone.

For example, users will be able to send pictures from the BlackBerry smartphone's camera application to their friends on AIM or ICQ, as well as see AIM or ICQ messages in their regular BlackBerry smartphone inbox. Users will also benefit from tight integration between AIM, ICQ and the BlackBerry Address Book. Users will be able to associate a contact in their IM contact list to the respective contact in their BlackBerry Address Book (and vice versa), which will allow the user to initiate an IM session from within their BlackBerry Address Book and initiate a phone call, email, SMS or MMS from within their AIM or ICQ session.

From their BlackBerry smartphone, AIM and ICQ users can also:

  • Access Buddy List features including the ability to see if contacts are online and available to chat (i.e. presence);
  • Set customized away messages and manage their AIM or ICQ online status (e.g. available, away, in a meeting, etc.) directly from the BlackBerry smartphone's home screen without launching the AIM or ICQ application;
  • Set alerts to notify them when a contact's online availability changes;
  • Select the Auto Sign-In option which will automatically sign them into AIM or ICQ when their BlackBerry smartphone is powered on;
  • Use Picture IM to send and receive images;
  • Log and save IM conversations for personal records or to email them to other contacts; and
  • Select from a collection of pre-set emoticons to further customize their instant messages.

Once AIM or ICQ has been set up, an icon is automatically installed on the BlackBerry smartphone's home screen so that access to instant messaging is only a click away. Once launched on the handset, the instant messaging applications can run conveniently in the background, broadcasting the user's presence to their "buddies" and allowing immediate notification of incoming messages.

AOL Mail for BlackBerry Smartphones

AOL Mail for BlackBerry smartphones leverages the "push" architecture inherent in the BlackBerry platform and AOL's notification services to automatically deliver AOL Mail messages virtually simultaneously to the user's online account as well as to the user's BlackBerry smartphone. The status of messages that have been sent, read, replied to, forwarded or deleted from the smartphone are automatically reflected in the user's online AOL Mail account. Users can create a dedicated AOL Mail inbox on their BlackBerry smartphone or choose to set up a single inbox on their smartphone to store AOL Mail as well as messages from other IMAP or POP 3 e-mail accounts.

BlackBerry smartphone users with software version 4.5 or higher will also be able to view HTML email, download attachments and edit Microsoft(R) Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the smartphone.

Availability

AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ for BlackBerry smartphones are available now in the U.S. and are expected to become available in other countries around the world over the coming months.

More information on setting up AOL Mail on a BlackBerry smartphone is available at http://mobile.aol.com or at http://www.blackberry.com/email.

The native AIM and ICQ applications for BlackBerry smartphones can be downloaded from http://www.blackberry.com/instantmessaging.

Topics: News & Rumors

Reader comments

AIM and ICQ Now on BlackBerrys Worldwide!

55 Comments

i have a verizon 8830, and i've been waiting for a long time for AIM access on my bb. it works and looks great.

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Sorry, your device does not meet the system requirements that are needed to support AOL Instant Messenger for Blackberry. On AT&T 8300.

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Sorry, your device does not meet the system requirements that are needed to support AOL Instant Messenger for Blackberry. On AT&T 8300.

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Sorry, your device does not meet the system requirements that are needed to support AOL Instant Messenger for Blackberry. On AT&T 8300.

I just installed the AIM application on my Pearl 8830 and it works great so far. It's exactly like the G-talk application, so simple, light, and easy to use. I'm curious to find out the impact to battery life.

Well, its not bad, but there are still things missing. This is the AIM that came when I updated to OS 4.5, just that u are now able to change ur away msg to soemthing besides "away." It doesn't allow u to see ur buddies away msg, kinda sucks cuz my friends always put something funny as their away msg.

I have the 8320 on tmo. I have been waiting for an upgrade of aim.
Yesterday, I checked to see if there was an upgrade and there was.
I upgraded from 1.1.15 to 2.1.32 and now I get a message "service not emabled for this handheld" wtf? I did a hard reset, re-sent service books, removed app and re-installed and nothing.
It also does not give me a way to downgrade. Looks like I'm stuck. I would have not downloaded this app if it was not released on mobile.blackberry.com.
Are there any solutions?

Does not allow download for me. Anyway I will just stay with instango for now. Works perfectly fine for me.

Everyone, last night i posted a thread in the 83XX forum with a way to make AIM work on AT&T. Ive been using it all day and am currently using it right now. Search for my post in the 83XX forum and it'll help you to make it work. Its pretty simple.

Sweet. The old Aim sucked then they removed it completely. Now I have it again. I don't know how much Imma use it but I have the option! I love options.

Ha! They fooled me. Service is not enabled for this handheld. What does this mean? I pay enough money to tmo everymonth that I should have evrything (if that's what they are talking about).

Ok, this is a really cool tool. It does exactly what it is supposed to do on other peoples devices but not MINE!

> BlackBerry users everywhere
Sorry, this is not true, I tried to download both apps but it shows the message, that my device (Curve) or carrier (here in Germany) ist not supported.

AIM and ICQ Now on BlackBerrys Worldwide!

EXCEPT THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE A**HOLES AT AT&T!
NO MORE BLACKBERRY MAPS WITH THEM EITHER WITH OS 4.5 - _THAT'S_ WHY THEY'LL BE COMING OUT WITH THE 4.5 UPGRADE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

AAAAAAASSSSSSHOOOOOOOOLES!
(with apologies to Wanda!)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095159/quotes

...of course. The only IM service i use and it doesn't work on AT&T yet, or ever maybe...

What's this I hear about BB Maps not working on 4.5? I've been using 4.5 for about 2 months and my BB Maps have worked the whole time on AT&T. GoogleMaps is better anyway...

You can't believe how happy I am that this is available for my Telus Pearl 8130, just downloaded it...works great!

does anyone know if this app uses internet data or text messaging as the basis for the IMs?

(oh wait it doesn't matter it won't work)

I had pretty much abandoned ICQ because it was tied to my PC , and I had been using it religiously since about 2000. Glad to finally see its available for a Verizon BB.

Installed it without any issues ( Curve 8330 - OS 4.3.0.127) and I've been catching up with my ICQ friends all evening...

Both AIM and ICQ work great over WiFi on my Bold! I'm roaming in the U.S. right now so I have 2G/3G data services intentionally turned off since I'm scared of using too much data. Chat probably uses minimal data but I don't want to be tempted to launch Google Maps with Satellite View turned on while I'm at $6.14/MB. I'll wait until I get home to try it on 3G. I was trying out JiveTalk and IM+ but I'm glad these free AOL ones came out now.

To answer the earlier questions about SMS, these apps don't use SMS for IMing -- that's the old way described at: http://mobile.aol.com/aolproducts/aimtxt

Sorry I meant my curve 8330! I just want to know how to update my buddy list. When I sign on it, its the same everytime and none of my contacts are there either!

this app should be using data and not texts (sms) like the previous version for blackberry. If you read the BB mobile site where you can download the app it says something like 'fast, real-time messaging'...

I currently have a Vzw 8830 and after installing this program and trying to sign on, I keep getting "Internal Error! Try Again Later!" It will sign on for a second and show my buddy list, then show the error. What gives? Anyone have a fix? I've resent my books and the HRT as well as made sure all of my login info is correct...Email me if you have a fix please!

So I thought after reading the forum, "O it won't happen to my blackberry." Guess I was wrong (AOL instasnt messenger does not work for T-Mobile Curve.

Not working for my T-Mobile 8320 Curve, I just downloaded a trial for JiveTalk and have 20 days left and really don't feel like wasting the money if I could have it as a free app. Anyone know any fixes?

"Vzw Internal Error
By: WhoahShutItDown (not verified) | Date: Fri, 09/12/2008 - 17:16 | reply
I currently have a Vzw 8830 and after installing this program and trying to sign on, I keep getting "Internal Error! Try Again Later!" It will sign on for a second and show my buddy list, then show the error. What gives? Anyone have a fix? I've resent my books and the HRT as well as made sure all of my login info is correct...Email me if you have a fix please!"

Having the same issue as the quoted post.