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Messenger apps for iOS

There are quite a few messenger applications out there. Most people prefer BeeJive or IM+ - not only because they promise you to keep you online 24 hours a day - even without having the application open on your iPhone.

Privacy issues

Since until today, no application can stay "online" in the background (i.e., if you push the home button on the phone, the current active application will be closed) this means, that BeeJive or ShapeServices (IM+) keep you logged in through one of their servers. This also means that every conversation runs through their servers.

Here is a little overview:

Application AIM ICQ MSN Yahoo GTalk Jabber Skype Comment
BeeJive X X X X X X - uses their own servers
IM+ X X X X X X - uses their own servers
IM+ for Skype - - - - - - X direct connection?
Fring X X X X X - X uses their own servers
MobileLinked X - X X X X - direct connection

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