This one has me a bit confused. One of our readers, Doris, sent us a tip and link for what she thought was a free Facebook Chat Pro app for BlackBerry. I did a bit of digging and from what I can tell the app is not free and actually costs a very reasonable $3.99. (Let me know if you learn otherwise) I finally got around to installing it since I don’t really use Facebook Chat so I thought I would mention that it has been renamed to Chat on Facebook and has just been updated to v2.0.24.
The new 2.0 version of Chat on Facebook adds the following features:
- You can now login with either your Email, Phone or Username! No need for a username anymore!
- Automatically reconnects on device startup
- Current Chat Conversations are shown above Online friends, like BlackBerry Messenger
- Notification icon next to Chats with new messages
- Facebook Profile icons shown in header
- Better keep-alives, less disconnects
- Less data and battery usage
- Offline Facebook friends are not shown, in order to save data usage
- New improved app icon
- Many bug fixes, thanks to our users and your patience while we make the app better!
These features are on top of the core feature set which:
- Shows online and idle Facebook friends with profile pictures!
- Initiate a chat or respond to a chat request from a Facebook friend
- Integrated chat screen similar to BlackBerry Messenger®, you can see what you type while you receive a message from a friend, no need for a seperate window
- Stays connected in background, automatically connects to Facebook on startup and reconnects if connection is dropped
- Popup dialog, vibrate, sound and LED notification when a new Facebook Chat message arrives
- Fully customizable notifications