Both America Online and Yahoo! have announced that their instant messaging clients will soon be available to users of BlackBerry wireless handhelds.
RIM has joined AOL’s Mobile Developer Program in order to bring the mobile versions of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and ICQ to the BlackBerry platform.
RIM has also worked with AOL to give BlackBerry users easy access to the mobile AOL Mail service.
The AIM and ICQ services for BlackBerry will be available only from AOL authorized carriers. Users should check with their carrier for availability and pricing.
More information about AOL services for handhelds and smartphones is available on the America Online web site.
In the coming months, RIM will pre-install Yahoo! Messenger clients on BlackBerry devices.
This will allow users to see which friends are online, send and receive instant messages, have multiple conversations at once, and participate in online conferences.
Customers can already access the Yahoo! Mobile Internet, including Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! News, and Yahoo! Sports on BlackBerry devices.
More information on these service can be found on the Yahoo! web site.