Trillian for BlackBerry has been in beta for sometime now. It’s a chat client that integrates several different types of accounts. I’ve been using it and I’m going to take a few minutes to explain it to you and why Trillian is a great way to stay in touch.
Here’s a little fact, the program Trillian was actually named after a fictional character from The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. That aside, let’s see what Trillian is all about. If you were lucky enough to have participated in the beta, don’t worry. According to the Trillian Blog, there’s a note for the beta testers that the beta version will eventually expire so they are giving everyone a chance to upgrade the app to avoid disruption of service.
Trillian is available in the BlackBerry App World for only $4.99 as an introductory price. The last beta build was v184.108.40.206, this full version is 220.127.116.11. Here’s the description as it is in BlackBerry App World:
Trillian for BlackBerry® helps you organize and stay in touch with your IM and social friends while on-the-go. Receive notifications, send pictures and messages, and optionally synchronize with Trillian for Mac, Windows, and Web. Trillian for BlackBerry has been designed to seamlessly integrate with your phone and boasts a clean and concise user interface for all of your chatting needs. You can even use Trillian to Trillian messaging to save on SMS costs!
Basic features include:
- Astra, MSN®, Facebook Chat, Yahoo®.
- AIM/ICQ®, Google™, MySpaceIM, Jabber.
- Clean BlackBerry design with black and white themes.
- Multiple account support and login screen.
- Email push notifications.
- All password transmissions encrypted.
- Reliable under low-bandwidth conditions.
- Strong emphasis on stability and bug fixes.
- Basic group management.
- Edit contact display names.
- Optional display of contact avatars.
- View contact information (e.g. AIM profiles).
- View, group, or hide offline contacts.
- Sort contacts by status or name.
- Privacy options – block, invisible, etc.
- Send pictures, buzzes, and URLs.
- Typing notifications.
- Copy/paste support.
- Global status control with status messages.
- Control sounds, vibrations, and LED color.
- Avatar changing from camera or picture library.
- Local display name changing.
- Configurable sign off time (up to 7 days).
- Set away when closing app.
For those who have the beta and really liked it, don’t hesitate waiting to update since the app is in it’s introductory offer price. And for those of you who didn’t participate in the beta, I’d recommend using it if you would like to have your facebook chat, and your yahoo, gmail, etc all in one convenient app. Don’t lose your contacts or sign into different ones, keep them all in one place.
I’ve included some screenshots to give you some ideas of what to expect and for the price you can’t beat it. I don’t really use any messenger other than BBM often, but it’s a convenient alternative to separate apps, and not many include facebook chat either. I know there’s not currently a lite version offered or a trial period, but I can tell you if this is the type of app you are looking for, look no further because it will meet your needs and more.
If you have tried Trillian or bought it, let us know what you think of it.