I've read the rules, I've read as many instant messaging threads as I could, I felt it was necessary to make a separate thread. The iPhone/iPod Touch is seemingly lacking a decent instant messenger. Before you go ape sh*t crazy in disagreement please hear me out. First off I have done substantial research on the topic. I was surprised to see that at it's release the iPhone did not have any sort of instant messaging application. This would be unheard of on any new mobile phone / mobile computing device platform (most of the time), since staying in contact is the main purpose of the device. This has been remedied, but the development restrictions have made the new generation of IM clients non-acceptable to me. - Security: Communicating and sending traffic through a middle-man (third-party server) is not acceptable security wise. Regardless of whether it is encrypted or not, your password, username, your messages, are all stored or passing through a non-official server unaffiliated with the messaging service. - Registering for an unnecessary services (Fring, Palingro, Nimbuzz etc). Why do I NEED to made an account for your service. Include it in your protocol support instead. - Restrictions: background applications are not allowed and a the push service is incomplete makes these applications either incapable of staying online once the application is not in the foreground or has required the use of a third party server to achieve this task (see point 1). - Privacy Agreements: If you look at these services half of them are collecting information on you, a lot of times the information collected is unecessary. I should at least have the freedom to choose whether non-essential information is collected and used by a company. - Price: Maybe a lot of people will disagree with me but, I would never pay for an instant messaging program. Most instant messaging clients are free. On your desktop computer it's free, its free officially from just about every instant messaging service, its free on other mobile platforms, its free 99% of the time. I do not expect video chat, the ability to make toast, or overly extensive features even though most of the time those are free too. I also do not mind if people wish to buy software, but a decent free alternative should be available. I can afford to pay for it, but this is just my opinion. Businesses aim to make money off consumers. In a healthy business environment businesses should be listening to consumers. If most people won't pay for an instant messenger they will not charge you for it. When customers don't keep businesses in check they get the wild idea that they can milk money out of you any way they wish. For example, charging for incoming text messages on a phone service. This would have been seen as completely ridiculous, but because people were too lazy to take action it was implemented by a few companies. What are your thoughts on the current state of instant messaging on the iphone/ipod touch platform? Please try not to post usless things like "You're cheap, get a job." or start flaming with other people because you can't handle the fact other people have different opinions. If you have a different opinion or you are super satisfied you can express yourself in a way that isn't overly hostile. Jesus my posts are way too long, I've been out of school for a while... I'll try to be more concise in the future.