EQO: near universal IM on Java-enabled phones


Eqo_mobileDisclosure: I hate IM. Actually, let me edit that. I love IM, but I hate IM on different platforms and wish we could all "speak the same language". We’re getting closer with clients like Trillian, GAIM, and Miranda (they’re all pretty solid) that support multi-platform IM, but we’re not there yet. That’s why news about the latest EQO Mobile client is exciting from my perspective. The latest upgrade supports IM contacts on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk and Skype. Even better yet: you don’t need a fancy, expensive Smartphone to use EQO Mobile. If your phone is one of the 300 supported phones that runs J2ME, you’re in luck and don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for mobile messaging. EQO allows you to make Skype calls as well, but appears to require the Skype client meaning you would need a Pocket PC or Smartphone with Skype installed for calling, from what I can see.

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No luck with Imate JasJar, claims there’s not a version for mobile java or something. Bummer, the quest for the perfect PPC IM client continues…


Hello sir, you are slightly mistaken in how EQO lets you use Skype on your phone. There is no need for Skype to be running on the mobile, just run Skype and the EQO for Skype plug-in on your Mac or PC. Just wanted to clarify, have a good weekend.

EQO Customer Evangelist


Any software can claim to have any feature they fantasize. The real question is: how well, if at all, does the feature work? Even Trillian on PC has its fatal problems for some users.


Last time I looked, EQO’s Skype feature worked on certain Palm OS devices, too (like the TX, LifeDrive and Treos). It doesn’t require a Skype client on the PDA — there is an EQO client that runs on the PDA. It does (or did when I last looked at it) require Skype to be running on your PC back at home or the office. Now that there’s Articulation for the Palm, however, kludges like EQO’s Skype feature are no longer necessary to use VOIP.

Raphael Salgado

Hmm.. Let’s see, is there a Verizon Wireless non-Smartphone listed somewhere there? No, of course not! Chalk it up to Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm for the lockdown of BREW over the beloved J2ME.

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