IM+ messaging application for BlackBerry PlayBook has been available for download in the App World for quite some time, though users have to pay $9.99 USD in order to install it.
Today, the folks over at SHAPE Services, the team behind the popular IM+ application
, have just released a completely free version of IM+ for BlackBerry PlayBook.
Those who could not afford to purchase the Pro version of the application are now offered a free iteration.
Obviously, IM+ for BlackBerry PlayBook lacks some features, which are only available with the Pro version, so users will have to choose whichever it suits their needs.
Although IM+ is said to support all major IM services, such as Facebook, Skype, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, Mamba.Ru, Mig33, SINA Weibo, Odnoklassniki.Ru, Jabber, VKontakte, Yandex IM, RenRen and Mail.Ru Agent, some of these are only available in the Pro version.
The following features are included in the free version of IM+ for BlackBerry PlayBook:
- 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 IM-ing experience with avatars and emoticons;
- Typing notifications
However, developers promise that they’re not done yet and that more features will be added to this version of IM+ for BlackBerry PlayBook.
For the time being, the application supports the following messaging services: Facebook, MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, RenRen, Jabber, mig33, SINA Weibo, Fetion, Mamba.Ru, VKontakte, Yandex IM, Odnoklassniki.Ru and Mail.Ru Agent.
It is also worth mentioning that the user interface is pretty much different in comparison with the Pro version, mostly because this seems to be a port from the Android version
IM+ 6.3.2 is now available as a free download via App World and it is fully compatible with all BlackBerry PlayBook tablets running OS 2.0.0 or higher. Check it out here