With Android out of the door, IM chat over IP on the mobile will soon be a staple. Paying for SMS text messaging will soon be a thing of the past. However, what about all those other devices which hasn't caught up yet? fring saves the day!
Fring supports text chat for Skype, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM. Furthermore, it supports Skype and SIP voice over IP, which should be a welcome service. Finally, it can connect to Facebook, Gmail Notifier, Vtap Video Streaming, Orkut Social Network, Yandex Push Email, and more.
From your phone, you can download fring by pointing it to m.fring.com. On my N80, two applications were installed, and fring started up automatically. You'll have to sign up for an account, and then add the IM networks you already use. Your friends will automatically appear in a searchable list.