App for That: How to have free, password-protected messaging with Android and Blackberry

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Jo asks:

I'm searching for a cross-platform Instant Messaging app that can employ a passcode. I need to be able to communicate with a Blackberry user. And, I'd like to be able to passcode lock just that IM app, without passcode protecting my full phone. Any ideas?

To see what we found for Jo, follow along after the break!

KakaoTalk Messenger [Free - App Store link] is an SMS alternative for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. One of it's distinguishing features from similar apps is that it allows you to set a passcode on the app that must be entered every time you open KakaoTalk.

Some other features include group messaging, multimedia sharing, English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean support, and custom backgrounds.

As of now, the Blackberry version for KakaoTalk is under beta, but it's a public beta, so anyone can download it. Just keep in mind that there are probably some kinks that are still being worked out.

To learn more about KakaoTalk and to download for Android and Blackberry, head on over to Kakao's website.

Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for Jo? Let him -- and all of us -- know.

Having trouble finding what you need in the app store? Head on over to our App and Game Feature Forum and let us know what you're looking for. The TiPb community will do our best to find you just the right App for That!

Leanna Lofte

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

Angeles says:

This is an app for Tony Parker !
As far as I read on the news, his ex-wife, Eva Longoria, discovered his extra-marital relationship by reading his SMS messages.

Hedwig Guerra says:

I've used tigertext in the past I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for, but it works as advertised and was free last time I checked. .

asggold says:

Why not just use something like Skype? Skype can be put on any of the platforms mentioned and if you don't want Skype to remember your password every time you log-in you can set it not to.

Jaybertx says:

What kind of knucklehead cheats on Eva Longoria?

Jerëmy says:

I paid for Whatsapp... but for people who don't wanna pay, Kakao Talk is a very good choice also... a copy of Whatsapp but they r both great.

Mike andrew says:

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Liamd1992 says:

Has anyone played this new app from developer appstart?
if so, has anyone played the hidden level?

AdrianWill0616 says:

Live Profile is a great app for Android, Blackberry, iOS devices. I use it everyday to keep in contact with someone in another country. Not buggy. Notifications are quick. It's simple and you can also send pictures. Try it. FREE!!!

AureaGenus says:

The problem is that this app collects your contacts and store in their server.

free ipad no offers says:

Nah. For that we would still say buy an android. I detest android themes even :p but I do like to fix my own devices when they break and we offer a service many people appreciate. Of course it's disheartening to see a company make a device unserviceable when a few design changes could save many of their loyal customers money.

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