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Let's Chat

Instant messaging hits the road.

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This story appears in the December 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It wasn't so long ago that having your e-mail immediatelyforwarded to a wireless handheld seemed a bit excessive. But withso many people chatting over IM systems in the office, the timeseems ripe for that still-more-timely messaging on the road aswell.

Cingular Wireless Interactive Messaging PLUS lets you text chaton RIM BlackBerry950 and 957 handhelds and Good Technology's G100 for $20 to $50 per month,depending on usage. PLUS operates independently of the e-mail,contact and other synchronization services from Good Technology andRIM, so you can stay in touch with colleagues even if yourcompany's messaging server goes down. Alternatively, companiesrunning any of several BlackBerry models over Lotus servers couldchoose IBM's Lotus Instant Messaging Everyplace 3 for aone-time fee of $45 per user.

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