June 12, 2008 03:00 ET

Multi-Platform Instant Messaging Makes Leap From PC to Mobile

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - British company Palringo today brought multi-platform instant messaging to mobile phones for the first time. Palringo users can exchange not only text and picture messages but also vocal instant messages with users of seven other popular PC-based instant messaging services: AOL's AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Microsoft Windows Live Messenger. Palringo is the first independent vocal IM service available in Europe.

Until now, instant messaging for mobiles has been limited to support for a single IM service. The Palringo user simply sees a single, easy-to-use interface, eliminating the need to continually switch between multiple IM tools.

To send a vocal instant message, the Palringo user simply chooses a contact to whom to send a quick message, hold down a key and speaks, releasing the key to send the message instantly. Sending pictures is similarly a one-click process - an industry first.

Worldwide, one and a half billion instant messaging accounts across the major platforms testify to the global popularity of instant messaging. As a result of IM's availability on mobile devices, Palringo foresees significant changes in mobile messaging behaviour.

Kerry Ritz, CEO of Palringo, said: "Firstly, instant messaging on mobiles is clearly going to be highly attractive to those who enjoy its rich functionality on desktops and laptops. Second, it will bring messaging choice to people who find SMS difficult for some reason or who just don't like it. Thirdly there is an element of discovery: people who currently send text messages will quickly realise that Palringo is often a better, more convenient way to send a message on a mobile - people especially love the vocal IM functionality."

Palringo describes its service as a Rich Messaging Service - RMS - and says it's the natural evolution of messaging. Kerry Ritz said: "Palringo is the first service to bring together the ability to exchange text, voice messages and pictures - together these elements constitute a rich messaging service. The experience will only get richer as we add more functionality and layers to what people can do - but we will always keep it stunningly simple to use."

Palringo works by making available several existing, popular messaging services on a mobile, in a single application. This makes it straightforward to engage in multiple simultaneous 'chats': perhaps one with someone using Windows Live Messenger, one who's using Yahoo! Messenger and one who's using AOL Instant Messenger. Or, the Palringo user can add them all to a group and send the same message or photo to all of them simultaneously. Like the Palringo user, contacts may be using their messaging service at their computer or on a mobile device.

Palringo has been piloting its service quietly and has made many improvements based on user feedback. Already compatible with Windows Mobile, Symbian and Java-based devices, the company will soon introduce compatibility with Apple's Mac OS and the popular iPhone. BlackBerry users will also be able to take advantage of Palringo's Rich Messaging Service soon, as will Facebook users.

Notes to editors

1. The service is compatible with Windows Mobile, Symbian and Java-based clients, including devices from Nokia, Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson and HP.

2. Palringo is free and easy to download and install and there are no hidden catches or other charges.

3. Users pay their mobile operator (GPRS/EDGE/3G) or service provider (Wi-Fi) only for the data used to send/receive messages.

4. All product or service names mentioned in this announcement may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Additional media resources

1. Palringo web site

2. Video: CEO discusses Palringo

3. Pictures: Palringo screenshots and executives

4. Palringo press office

About Palringo

Palringo makes instant messaging work on mobile. The service combines walkie-talkie style voice (vocal instant messaging) with the real-time text chat functionality of instant messaging and enriches communications further by offering the ability to share pictures within the context of a discussion. The service supports both one-on-one and group discussions, and enables real-time dialogue that can incorporate users from across the globe, on any mobile network or connected PC. The application supports connections to other popular instant messaging services and enables mobile users to send voice and picture messages as well as text-based chat.

The application is available for free from

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