Instant Message for mobiles…coming soon
The mobile industry is expecting to bring instant messaging to cell phones later this year.
Fifteen of the world’s top mobile operators, including Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica and China Mobile announced on Monday plans to make instant messaging services available, initially targeting some 700 million mobile users.
The service will not be free. Mobile operators plan to charge clients using the familiar "calling party pays principle", under which users pay for sending messages but not for receiving them. They have not mentioned what the charges would be.
Although SMS is still a hit, the companies are expecting the Instant Message to bring a plus to the phones and to their budgets. "IM is more chatty. SMS (text messaging) is fire and forget … Messaging will trigger more messaging," said T-Mobile Chief Executive Rene Obermann.