Tuesday, May 02, 2006

AIM for Windows Mobile

I wanted to install Windows Mobile AIM client onto my Crashinator (tm) PDA and lo and behold AOL wants to charge me $20 to install their IM client onto my device. This is the same software that's free for pretty much all other platforms.

After some digging around I realized this is a relatively recent decision by AOL, the software was previously available for free. So if you look hard enough you'll be able to find it for download for free. Google will even lead you to AOL's own "free download" page, except with the broken download link.

Fortunately, this being the Internet and AOL being as disorganized as they are you don't have to slum it in the seedier Internet locales to get this software - apparently AOL's UK division does not agree with AOL US policies and offers the download for free to their UK customers. Yes, the exact same download. Get it from:

http://www.aol.co.uk/aim/wince/index.html

Thanks AOL UK, you got the right idea!

6 Comments:

Blogger JamesGthang said...

If this works out... you truly are the savior. Now if I can find Yahoo, we'd have the whole trifecta.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

does it charge text messages???
e-mail me at Pistola1289@yahoo.com

7:30 PM  
Blogger Jose said...

Took some figuring out but, works on my HTC Touch. If you're on Sprint PCS, make sure you're connected to Vision and you'll be fine.

Thanks for the info on AIM. You rock! :)

9:05 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Just set up and working on my AT&T 8525 with Windows Mobile 5. The interface is a little squirrely so you wouldn't want to use it on this phone without the stylus, but it appears to be 100% functional. Thanks!

8:17 AM  
Blogger nick said...

The AOL made client sucks (imho);
there are much better im clients for the windows mobile platform, that have google, yahoo, msn, icq, aim all in one, and support chat, file sends, and video streaming as well. check out IM+ by Shape Services and Agile Messenger.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Aaron J. Sussman said...

Trouble with IM+ and Agile is that they're not free.

"Slick" (at lonelycatgames.com) is. Just found it online.

5:59 PM  

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