I used to have a sprint treo 650 and used verichat for my IM client. With the sprint 650 and the vision package I was always available to receive an instant message and always showed up on other computers as online. I know have the sprint wm5 ppc6700 with evdo. I have not tried verichat with it but the included MSN messenger tells me to avoid staying signed on for long periods of time because of battery drain.

Since the Treo 700 runs wm5 with evdo I am wondering if it will be the same way ref. unavailability for receiving IM's with Verizon. I really want to be available via IM all the time because my kids bump me on it all the time while I'm at work. Does anyone know?