Texting vs IM

In a lot of practical uses, text messages are just like instant messages. So, if you and the recipient both have an IM client, it makes a lot of sense to just keep the conversation on IM. Android phones come with Google Talk for IM, but you can install apps to handle most other clients. Unfortunately, Microsoft Office Communicator is not yet one of them, but that may change at any time.

Instant messages use your data plan instead of your text plan. Many of them support multimedia attachments, and you can extend your availability by having an IM client installed on your computer. You can also send instant messages to someone internationally without having to pay higher fees, since it's all just data transmission.

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