Here is a interesting head scratcher. Yahoo just released a beta app called Yahoo Messenger One. The catch is that it is only released in Indonesia and available in Bahasa Indonesian (the local language). Taking into consideration that Indonesia is the worlds fourth most populous country and a rapidly doubling internet connected population the decision to launch there first makes sense. Even RIM has been targeting Indonesia recently with its low end offerings. That is why I thought it would be worth mentioning this app even though most of you cannot make use of it.
This new Yahoo Messenger One app is targeted to what Yahoo calls “New to Net” mobile users. In other words people who are just getting connected to the internet. The irony is that the app is only available for high end devices including the Blackberry 9000, Blackberry 9700, Blackberry 8900, and Blackberry 9630.
The app’s feature list includes:
- Mobile registration: You can sign up for a new Yahoo! ID right from within Yahoo! Messenger One app. No PC/laptop needed. How convenient is that!
- Unified inbox: Now you have all your email, IM and SMS conversations in one easy-to-use-and-access inbox, you can always keep track of all your conversations, hassle free.
- Native address book syncing: Simply upload your contacts to Yahoo! so you can access them from one place, anywhere.
- Message archive and search: With all your conversations stored in the cloud, you will never have to worry about losing your messages or having to delete them ever again.
- IM and SMS chats: You can still chat with you contacts even if they are not on Yahoo! by using SMS (presently supported for Indonesian and US mobile contacts only).
- News Content: Lets you always stay up to date with the latest news, and you can share articles with your friends.
If you happen to live in Indonesia you can pick up the beta app free at m.yahoo.com/one