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Newcomer Nimbuzz plans to outgun Gizmo and Skype

New-to-the-market Nimbuzz has released an audio and text IM program that promises to bring together some of the biggest communities out there under a single, unified interface, something that Digsby has been doing for the desktop.

Interestingly (opens in new tab), Nimbuzz is available both for PCs and for Mobiles although the Mobile version is more complete and sturdy than its desktop counterpart and works with Skype, Google Talk, AOL IM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo IM, Jabber and even Myspace and Facebook.

Nimbuzz users will be able to call, chat and text their contacts for free, although mobile users would probably need to incur data transfer costs.

More than 500 handsets are expected to be compatible with Nimbuzz and will work on 3G or Wi-Fi networks; a Windows Mobile Version should be ready within weeks.

Accoridng to CBRonline, Nimbuzz will also offer a part-VoIP, part-Analog call service where the user only needs to pay for local dial-in costs in 50 countries worldwide.

The Netherlands-based firm expects to generate revenues from advertising, sponsorship deals and product placement.

Nimbuzz brings mobile VoIP application to UK - CBRonline

New IM Application "Nimbuzz" - ZDNet (opens in new tab)

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.