Verbs IM client for iPhone now available in the App Store

Verbs for iPhone is a gorgeous new IM client that just recently hit the app store. It supports GTalk and AIM/MobileMe at the moment. I'm hoping support for more clients like Facebook chat and MSN are added in an update. What really got me hooked on Verbs is the beautiful interface. It looks like an app Apple would build natively into iOS.

Another feature I really like is the fact that it supports Cloud and Droplr file transfer services. I personally love Droplr and use it exclusively for sharing images and video. I chose it as my Pick of the Week a few weeks back. This is an added bonus for me.

I would like to see full push implemented as it currently only supports local notifications. This means you'll receive notifications only if the app is running or multitasking. If you close it from the multitasking tray, you won't receive notifications any longer. Not a huge issue for some, but may be a big one for others. If you're looking for a decent IM client that comes at a fair price, make sure you give Verbs a try and let us know what you think!

[$2.99 - iTunes Link]

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Verbs IM client for iPhone now available in the App Store


good point , im working and over read.
Thx for the tip though. very helpful.
Thanks again

Waste of money, after being logged of every time I put my phone down I emailed them and this is what I got "Verbs can stay logged in while in the background for max 10 minutes, that the limitation imposed by iOS". That BS because my Beejive am keeps me logged in for 7 days.

I used Nimbuzz for a while, recently switched to imo IM. I like it so far, but may have to give this one a try.

Agreed. I use beejive all day. I used to use it for BB, but for BB it kind of went dead, they don't really update it much. Meanwhile for the iPhone it's a great app :). I like this app too, but only for its looks. It's not very functional. Oh well.

I know this will make me sound old, but what are the differences/advantages to IM apps over just using SMS?
Never used IM, so I'm honestly curious.

Firstly, IM doesn't cost you texting fees on your provider. However if you use google voice this may not be an issue already. The other difference is AIM/Google talk are both heavily desktop cliented messaging systems, meaning people will tend to sit at their computers at work or while studying signed on to these services, meaning they can carry on conversations faster than SMS without the fees. Furthermore AIM/GChat don't require a phone of any sort and predate the influx of heavy SMS usage. I've personally been using AIM since i was a child and have a large base of friends that I keep in touch with over these services. Hope thats helpful.

The issue with aim kind of rears its ugly head in the form of actually knowing what all your friends screen names are, although i believe AOL has worked in a way to scour facebook, email contacts etc.. Really for most people the confusion comes because although IM started as a desktop only client it is now also available on phones and many people still opt to use it to avoid carrier fees and to possibly keep their phone number private as a screen name is a much more casual piece of information to hand out.

I love this app... I've been waiting for a simple IM client that works well. I don't want anything except a way to message people. I do wish it would have push notifications and stuff because I'm not really sure I'm actually going to get a message if I leave the app... but it's not that big of a deal. I just love the interface. I pirated it to try it then bought it because I want to see what they do with it.

Looks like a beautiful app, but since I don't use GTalk or AIM I'll wait for it to handle more clients such as FB Chat, Yahoo, or MSN. Does anyone think they would raise the price if they indeed added support for those clients? I hope not.

It is definitely a beautifully designed app. However, like Martin, I'll be waiting till more services (namely Yahoo and WLM) are added. Until then, Meebo is my IM of choice.