If you used an iPhone before native applications came along, then you may have used BeeJive's web app for instant messaging. BeeJive [iTunes link] has now released a native application for the iPhone/iPod touch.

Some of the features of BeeJive for iPhone are:
  • 24/7 connectivity, but easy on battery life
  • Get notifications via email even if the application is closed (you will need push email for this to work properly)
  • Works with AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GoogleTalk, ICQ, Jabber, and MySpace IM (What? There's no FaceBook support?)
  • Unicode support for chatting in any language
  • Landscape typing supported
  • Saves chat history, which you can email
  • Send SMS messages through AIM or Yahoo
  • Complete management of buddy lists
  • Configure alerts, sounds, vibration, etc.
Now, with a feature list like this, there also comes a price: $15.99. That's right ... sixteen dollars for an iPhone IM application! Despite the high price, the reviews on the App Store seem to be mostly positive -- when I wrote this post the application held a 4.5-start rating.

According to the App Store listing, the developer plans to add emoticons, group chat support, and full support for hyperlink text. Here's to hoping this application gets a sale price in the future.

Would you purchase BeeJive for iPhone?
Yes418 (9.6%)
Maybe561 (12.9%)
No1728 (39.6%)
I don't use IM applications271 (6.2%)
Tin cans and string only costs $1.99 at Home Depot1108 (25.4%)
-delete-274 (6.3%)

Thanks, Zyber Joe!

This article was originally published on Tuaw.
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