YehBA* Instant Messenger

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Chat with your IM buddies from your phone

Mobile instant messaging applications are quickly beginning to seem like Sudoku games: lots of them around and they’re all more or less the same. That said, they remain very popular and useful programs which are often at the forefront of the convergence trend just beginning to sweep the mobile communications industry. View full description

PROS

  • Good for MSN and Yahoo IM
  • Quick ‘wizard’ setup
  • Cute design

CONS

  • No quick setup for Google Talk
  • Lack of guidance or help
  • Not 100% stable

Very good
8

Mobile instant messaging applications are quickly beginning to seem like Sudoku games: lots of them around and they’re all more or less the same. That said, they remain very popular and useful programs which are often at the forefront of the convergence trend just beginning to sweep the mobile communications industry.

YehBA* Instant Messenger is one of the new kids on the mobile IM block. It’s a well designed, compact option for those who want a chat program compatible with their phone yet without any of the extra bells and whistles now common in other clients. Its interface is original, if a little cutesy, and we found it adequately easy to use.

Setting up YehBA* was as simple as we’ve ever seen on a mobile IM program. The program has a built in ‘wizard’ which checks all your connection settings prior to launching the service. This is a run-once feature and it sets up your account with YehBA* as well as leading you through the account setup process for your MSN and/or Yahoo IM accounts – all with a cute cartoon of a wizard in the background. Nice.

Once up and running, there’s not much to choose from between YehBA* and the majority of its competitors in the IM market. Your options are simple: add or remove chat accounts, check your contacts list, communicate with buddies. The methods for communication extend beyond simple chatting, with ‘Call’ and ‘SMS’ included as options, However, seeing as these features don’t seem to have been implemented properly yet, we couldn’t gauge their eventual functionality. We figured that none of our contacts had the proper information entered into their MSN profiles but still… a little guidance would have been handy.

This is one of the areas where YehBA* starts to fall short of other clients we’ve tried in the past couple of months: its level of built-in help and advice is pretty low and it barely seems to offer support for features it boldly claims to offer. For example, setting a Google Talk account is supported by YehBA*. However, to realise this, you’ve got to know that Google Talk is based on Jabber and you’ll need to check Google’s homepage for the correct server settings to get your chat up and running – not something you’ll be able to do if you’re already out and about.

In some ways, this omission is understandable – there are, after all, a multitude of chat services out there and YehBA* can’t offer automatic setup for all of them. However, there are also plenty of chat clients out there that do offer a quick setup process for Google Talk – so why should we choose YehBA* over them?

The answer is that if all we’re looking for is a simple way to chat with MSN or Yahoo buddies while away from a computer, this is a perfectly robust option. You can communicate with your contacts or send them pictures from your phone – and that’s about it. Other much-lauded features, such as ‘blogging’ and chat rooms seemed potentially popular but essentially useless. We should also add that the program crashed once – not a particularly rare occurrence for a mobile application but annoying nonetheless.

YehBA* Instant Messenger is, on balance, a mostly stable and reliable IM program with good support for its basic features and not much else. If all you’re looking for is a way to chat with buddies from MSN or Yahoo! Messenger then this program is a perfectly decent choice. If, however, you’re looking for a program which offers advanced features, VoIP calls, or any other more advanced features, YehBA* isn’t the program for you.

YehBA* is the brainchild of collaborative minds finding ways of optimizing your mobile life and establishing a community for mobile users where family and friends, even business acquaintances merge and converge, communicate and relate. Aiming to bring this technology into more users, YehBA* has become an affordable alternative, yet effective means of communication, with features that add flair and flavour to your mobile neighbourhood.

Global reach, at Affordable means, with real-time Mobile connectivity, whether mobile to mobile or mobile to pc, YehBA* enhances mobile experience quite like no other.

  • Access popular public instant messaging networks such as Google Talk and our own YehBA* network through your mobile phone
  • Chat mobile-to-mobile, or mobile-to-PC
  • Connect via for connection speeds up to 170 kbps. Works with all mobile phone operators in the Philippines (Globe, Smart, SUN) and around the world that offer GPRS connections
  • Access the Internet on your phone through Cell Phone HotSpots (“Bluezones”)

Full features of YehBA* Instant Messenger:

  • Mobile Presence - bringing instant messaging into your mobile lifestyle gives presence a whole new dimension. No longer are you tied to your PC when you go online
  • Realtime Chat - Chat 1on1 or Broadcast messages from your phone. Save costs, cheaper than SMS
  • Multihead Client - Connects to Yahoo, MSN, Google, etc
  • Multi-User Chatrooms - Meet new friends, hangout and have a good time. You can also create your own room and moderate your own discussion
  • Mobile Blogging -Rant, Rave and Share those unfogettable moments with your friends
  • YehBA* Dashboard Services - Customize your own services. Info-on Demand, Interactive Services, Download and more!
  • Compatible with leading messaging standards (XMPP/Jabber, SIP) - Compliant with open standards and the IM Federation
  • User Friendly and Intuitive Interface
  • Low bandwidth compressed mobile protocol - Making your mobile experience faster, safer & cheaper than ever

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— User reviews — about YehBA* Instant Messenger

  • moodest_weird

    by moodest_weird

    "downloading yehba in my computer and cellphone"

    sir, i have been longing to have yehba chat from my laptop dell and my celphone N90 how to avail this program pls help m... More.

    reviewed on October 26, 2007