eBuddy is well known to Symbian users as a instant messenger that could connect to lots of instant messaging services, but the XMS version reviewed here is different.
If you’re into chatting a lot and you don’t want to pay a lot on text messages, or you don’t want to chat on social networks then here’s a service for you. The eBuddy XMS messenger works like an SMS service, but uses your data connection instead of your precious and expensive SMSs.
eBuddy is available for all platforms, WP, Symbian, iOS, Android and BlackBerry, so you don’t have to worry if a version is available for your friends. Everyone can join the party and text for free(if you have a data plan that is).
First of all you need to enter your phone number and you’ll receive an activation SMS. After entering the code in the application you can start using the application. eBuddy can scan your phonebook and your Facebook account and show you in your list of contacts all your friends that are registered with eBuddy.
Basically, if you have a data connection you don’t have to pay for text messages anymore. eBuddy XMS is available for all platforms invoicing Symbian, but it looks like the feature set is not the same on all platforms. I’ll explain what that means in a sec.
eBuddy supports groups, which means you can add your friends in a group and text to ask of them at once. It seems though that some versions of eBuddy XMS do not support the group feature but I’m not sure which one do and which don’t. The WP version and the Symbian version do support it as you’re about to see in the video at the end of this post.
Update:I’ve been informed by the developers of eBuddy XMS that the latest versions supports groups on all platforms. At the time when this part of the review was written, the persons I was trying to add to a group may have used an older version which did not support groups.
Even if the app is not started you will still receive toast notifications thanks to the background agent that eBuddy implements. However, you have to keep in mind that on WP the background agents stop working if you enter battery saving mode, so if you’re low on battery you may not be able to receive messages unless you’ve got the app open. This is a WP restriction, not a bug in eBuddy.
Check out the video below for a demo of eBuddy XMS.