Great news for PlayBook owners - A new free version of IM+ is now available to download from BlackBerry App World. Why is it free you may ask? Simple - it is a port of the free Android version. This means that the version does have a few services missing from it, such as Skype, but if you need the Pro version you can already pick that one up.

You will see from the video that the user interface is totally different with the free version in comparison to the Pro one. This is due to the Pro edition being a specifically designed PlayBook app and not an Android port. If you haven't used or heard of IM+ before it is worth checking out. IM+ is a instant messaging client that incorporates many services. So if you enjoy using Google Talk, Facebook chat, Yahoo just to name a few you can run them all from within IM+. Makes sense don't you think?

There are many tweaks that can be made within the settings of the app - such as switching between a light and dark theme. I have used IM+ for some time, not only on the PlayBook and BlackBerry smartphone, but also on Android and iOS and with each version it makes keeping in touch with your buddies just a little easier.

Below you can see the list of other features which will definitely take your mobile IM experience to the next level:

  • Send text messages, photos, and voice notes
  • Group chats in MSN, AIM, ICQ
  • Chat history
  • Multiple accounts per service
  • Create personal status messages
  • Customize your IMing experience with avatars and emoticons
  • Typing notifications

More information/Download IM+ free for the BlackBerry PlayBook