Frequently Asked Questions about Baraza
What is Baraza?
Baraza is not Yet Another Free Chat Service (like Yahoo! or MSN or AIM). Rather, Baraza is a software application that enables you to roll your own chat service.
What is IMPS?
Instant Messaging and Presence Service (IMPS) is a feature-rich, Open Standards protocol for mobile instant messaging developed by the Open Mobile Alliance. It is supported natively by a number of widely available mobile phones.
Why Baraza (or IMPS for that matter)?
Because it's nice to be able to IM your friends on the move, from your mobile. You shouldn't have to sit at your PC to do this. Chances are you and your friends have mobile phones with a a built-in IMPS chat application. Chances are you do not use the application because your network provider does not 'support' the service. With Baraza you can setup your own IMPS service and use the chat application to connect with friends.
Most Nokia and SonyEricsson mobile phones, by far the most common mobile phones (estimated combined market share of just under 50% in Q1 2008), have an IMPS chat client built in.
Why not just stick to my Yahoo/MSN/Other-Proprietary chat service?
Baraza (and IMPS) is not for everybody. But if you would like to do mobile IM, and would rather not do your IM over proprietary, walled garden networks, then Baraza and IMPS are well worth considering. If you care about controlling your IM (including deciding what communications get saved, who gets to know who your friends are, etc.) then having your own IM setup is important.
What mobile phone models support IMPS (and Baraza)?
Below is a partial list of mobile phone models known to have a native IMPS client. Please post your own experiencs on the Online Forums.
Nokia: E50, E60, E61, E62, E65, E70, 3110, 3230, 3220, 6020, 6021, 6101, 6170, 6220, 6230, 6230i, 6260, 6300, 6630, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6800, 6822, 6820, 5140, 6810, 7200, 7260, 7270, 7610, 7710, 8800, N70, N72, N73, N95
Motorola: V600, E398, V3xx, E398, E680, RAZR V3, V500, V501, V525, V600, V600i, V80
Sony Ericsson: K310, J300i, F500i, K300i, K310i, K500i, K510i, K550i, K600i, K610i, K700i, K750i, K790i, K800i, S700i, T206, T630, T637, T628, V800, W550i, W200i, W800i, W810i, W850i, W880i, W900i, Z500A, Z800, Z800i, Z1010