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  1. preeble's Avatar
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    All,
    I'm planning on getting the Treo 600 and am also purchasing the unlimited data plan. Is there a way I can use Yahoo IM so that it uses my unlimited data limits and not text messaging?

    TIA
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    The short answer is yes, go download Verichat.
    Verichat does AOL IM, MSN Messenger, ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger (all at the same time.) This will use your GPRS data rather than SMS text messaging.
    http://www.verichat.com/

    Now my $0.02 on that...
    The only downside to using Verichat in the 'always on' background data mode is that it does run down your battery quicker. Most of the battery usage on the Treo is during transmitting data, since verichat is transmitting data occasionally you don't get the battery saving benefits of when the phone is basically just in standby just monitoring the cell network for SMS or calls. I'm not saying not to use it this way, just be aware of this.

    For this reason, some people use Verichat's SMS notification mode. This way you get an SMS when someone sends you a text message, then you go finish the converstion in Verichat over GPRS data. But as you said, you don't want to use SMS.

    Another option Chatter http://www.imchatter.com/
    I don't know much about the IM portion (it does IM and email) but I believe it does Yahoo. So you might want to give it a shot. Maybe other people on here can tell you more about using Chatter with yahoo.

    What carrier are you using? It just occured to me that I'm talking about "GPRS data" with the assumtion you're on GSM. If you're on CDMA I think there are other issues with using the always on data connection of Verichat.
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    Thanks for the detailed reply. I plan on using Verizon. Does the nature of Verizon's service in using data mean that whenever I'm signed into Yahoo over the data network that I will not be able to receive voice calls?
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    The Treo has 2 data states: grey arrows where it has a background connection but is not actively transferring data and green arrows where it is both connected and actively transferring data. You can receive a voice call while you have grey arrows, but not green. Also, the arrows will remain green for 20-30 seconds after you close your browser, IM program, or whatnot. I don't know Verizon's billing policy for express network, but I have read reports that even when your phone is connected with grey arrows, it's using up voice minutes (if you're on the free plan that takes out of voice minutes). Don't quote me as I have Sprint, so I'm only relaying what I've seen other users report. Best to ask Verizon directly about such things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taylorh
    For this reason, some people use Verichat's SMS notification mode. This way you get an SMS when someone sends you a text message, then you go finish the converstion in Verichat over GPRS data.
    my question (that ive been googling for 3 days to find the answer for) is when verichat is using SMS mode.. does it SEND sms message to the servers while in standby mode? or does it just RECEIVE messages when you get an IM.

    im asking thsi because i have a data plan for my treo.. but no SMS plan. i want to save on battery life so id like to use SMS mode. but if it sends out sms messages.. its costing me $.10 per!

    does anyone know the answer to this?
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    I use Yahoo IM through the web browser by logging into Yahoo Mobile. Works just fine except that it is not pushed to you, you have to refresh by continually hitting get messages.
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    So, to be clear, does Treo Messenger for Yahoo (using v 0.16 beta) use SMS, not your internet connection?

    Ok, I see that incoming are received as SMS. Anyone know about outgoing?
    Last edited by slithy; 07/26/2005 at 04:22 PM. Reason: got partial answer
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