Thanks to our Hong Kong Triads insider* we got our hands on a completely legal and official copy of a Windows Live-branded Messenger java-client for Nokia, SonyEricsson, Motorola and Panasonic models. Ok, it's not exactly the Windows Live Messenger Beta for Mobiles I was raving about back in May, and none of the features seen in our preview video are present. All you get is a contact list, a basic conversation screen and a dozen or so standard MSN emoticons. But it does have the Windows Live theme going on which makes it a good replacement for that old client you're still stuck with, or maybe a familiar introduction to mobile instant messaging if you haven't tried that yet.
There are some indications that this client is free to use during the trial period and that it will stop working after two months, unless you agree to pay a monthly charge. I guess I'll have to wait and see whether that's true. Of course, a mobile data subscription is required to connect with this client and data tariffs usually apply. Check with your mobile operator for more information. The following screenshots show the mobile WLM client in action on my SonyEricsson k800i:
>> Screenshot: Contact List.
>> Screenshot: Adding a contact.
>> Screenshot: Conversation.
>> Screenshot: Default Emoticons.
>> Screenshot: Windows Live splash screen.
Choose the proper version for your mobile phone:
>> Download WLM Mobile 380 for Motorola A732, C381, C650, L2, L6, V180, V220, V226 and SonyEricsson J300, K300, K310, K500, K506, K508, K510, Z520, Z530c.
>> Download WLM Mobile 382 for Motorola E375, E398, L7, U6, V3, V300, V303, V500, V600, V80 and SonyEricsson 610c, K700, K750, K758, W550, W550c, W600c, W700c, W710c, W800, W810c, W850c, Z550c, Z710c.
>> Download WLM Mobile 384 for Motorola ROKR E2 and Panasonic MX6, MX7, SA6, SA7, VS2, VS3, VS6, VS7 and SonyEricsson K790c, K800, S700c, W850c, W900c.
>> Download WLM Mobile 386 for Nokia 3220, 6020, 6021, 6030, 6060, 6070, 6080, 6101, 6102, 6111, 6125, 6170, 6230, 6230i, 7260, 7270, 7360, 7380, 8800.
>> Download WLM Mobile 387 for Nokia 6131, 6270, 6280, 7370, 9300.
>> Download WLM Mobile 543 for Nokia 3230, 6260, 6600, 6630, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, 7610, N70, N90 and Panasonic X700, X800.
>> Download WLM Mobile 544 for Nokia 3250, E60, N71, N73, N80, N91, N92, N93.
*Mess.be does not have any Chinese gang relations. We swear, the goods were just accidentally found here.
[Mr. T diggs it. Do you?]