Every once in awhile RIM manages to completely confuse me. If you read the title of a press release stating: “AOL and RIM to Bring AOL Mail, AIM and ICQ Services to BlackBerry Smartphones Worldwide.” What would you think?
At first I thought that it meant RIM had finally removed all of the stupid restrictions based on carrier for downloading their AIM and ICQ clients. Turns out I was wrong. I tried it from an AT&T 8310 and a couple of friends checked it out for me from their carriers. No luck. Turns out that the only carrier that seems to have recently gotten AIM & ICQ that I can confirm is Verizon. The sad thing is that before RIM got its Gtalk client I was an avid AIM user. Now a few years later I don’t use AIM at all and use Gtalk exclusively.
If you have Verizon you can pick up the clients at:
OR directly at:
If everybody could try and download the clients from their carrier and report back in the comments I would appreciate it. You may need to resend your service books and register on the network to get the new service book required for AIM.
Thanks to Tom & Sovak for sending this one in!