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IRC On Your Mobile

I've been spending alot of time in #mobitopia the IRC chat-room connected with mobitopia.com which got me interested in Mobile IRC clients. There seems to be a healthy number of clients available for a wide variety of phone types from Symbian to Windows Mobile to UIQ. Here is what i found:


VThis first client i tried, which came recommended by the guys in #mobitopia, was Virca. It's a J2ME based IRC Client which is free to use making it a good place to start. Its a very simple piece of software with no frills. The interface is text-based and very simple and setting-up a connection is easily done. My only annoyance is the fact that you can't just start thumbing in messages but have to push in the joystick first to open the text-input screen. This also means you can't see what people are saying while you are typing a message. The text-based interface also gets very annoying and a more structured interface would be far more appropriate.
Supports any java-enabled mobile phone.


WlAnother free J2ME based IRC Client, WLIrc is almost identical to Virca. It has a very similar UI (text-based) but uses colour instead of the depressing black and white that you have with Virca. Sadly it also has the drawback of a separate text-input screen which means you can't type a message directly and when you are entering text, you can't see what everyone else is saying. There is little to differentiate between WLIrc and Virca, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Both have a simple connection set-up and use multiple windows and both a free and Java based.
Supports any java-enabled mobile phone.

Wireless IRC

Screenshotani1 The last, and indeed the best, IRC Client I tried was "Wireless IRC" (9.99 from Handango). This was by far the slickest IRC client i used and is the client i now use daily. It looks good, it connects seamlessly, its tabbed windows makes it easy to navigate different chat-rooms and since its not freeware/shareware, it has some customer support for when you have problems. It solves all the problems i had with the other clients. The UI is more graphic and far more user-friendly than either Virca or WLIrc and it has far more connection and setting options than the free clients. The text-input problem is also solved as the text-input screen pops-up at the bottom of the chat window which allows you to read other people messages as you type your own. Text can also be automatically thumbed in without having to press any other buttons to open the input box. Another great option is the Download Tab which allows you to see which files you are currently downloading and how far along they are, something which isn't included in most of the free clients.
Supports Symbian Series60 Phones Only.

Other Clients

Here are a few other IRC-Clients i found. SmartIRC is a client for Windows based mobile phones which i am told is excellent. QUIrc and SymIRC are a clients for UIQ based phones (such as the Sony-Ericsson P800).

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this is Ibrar. Ur website is quite amazing. please give us free ringtones and games for nokia 6600. Keep up the good work


Posted by: ibrar | 15 Dec 2004 10:35:17

i got a nokia nagae i want msn messanger on it so much !!!!! please help me!!! pleez

Posted by: Gaurav | 17 Dec 2004 21:43:39


http://www.agilemobile.com/downloads.html go there and click the first link (that says n-gage). Its Agile Messanger and you can use MSN, yahoo messanger, ICQ aznd a few others.

Posted by: Tarek | 17 Dec 2004 22:23:13

The lcdui (the j2me user interface api) consists mostly of vague pointers to how a user interface should work, to allow widely different devices to construct a representation suitable for their own capabilities. This allows the device to fit T9, handwriting recognition or plain keying seamlessly into the interface at the expense of loss of control.

In practice, this means that opening a window allows the phone to decide how best to input, which is why (apart from the ease, of course) midlets tend to do this.

The other way, which Wiresless IRC presumably follows, is to implement an input mechanism in the midlet. This works fine for plain keying, and is often sufficient.

Vidar, author of Virca

Posted by: Vidar Holen | 1 Jan 2005 05:26:11

About the IRC programs... do you know of any that will allow me to chat on IRC using my 6620 via a bluetooth connection with my pc? This would save me alot of money on per-minute internet charges when i'm just say... in the backyard with the family.

Thank You!

Posted by: DiSpy | 2 Jan 2005 22:34:35

JMIRC! Under active development..

works great..!


Posted by: stan | 11 Nov 2005 00:25:37

Wireless Irc is a good chat software in symbian, keep good working guy, let see Wireless Irc in next version, Ok

Posted by: Yohanes SC | 15 May 2006 17:49:42

do you know how to use the "ignore" command on jmIrc? or where i can find a list of commands?

Posted by: Sue | 16 Oct 2006 14:02:24

Hi there

Please note that CoolIRC is a mobile IRC client that has a lot of features compared to others. It is designed for J2ME. Download it at http://www.coolirc.za.net

Posted by: Cool123 | 9 Aug 2007 13:12:54

This is nice to mirggi

Posted by: loak | 19 Oct 2007 03:13:17

try this irc its more powerful and has emoticons :)

Posted by: Mo | 26 Mar 2008 05:06:32

try this irc its more powerful and has emoticons :)


Posted by: Mo | 26 Mar 2008 05:07:55

I cant use irc on my mobile. I've tried all these irc but da error is coming like ur DNS doesnt match. Ignoring host name. Kindly tell me how to use MIRC undernet EU. Server.

Posted by: Senoria | 7 Jul 2008 01:46:09

My mobile is nokia 6280 plz ans me.

Posted by: Senoria | 6 Aug 2008 16:14:59

Hi all, this is the best irc from all the above, www.vegitha.wen.ru/vegitha.jad

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visit www.bhawap.com for all your best irc mobile clients and tons more

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Posted by: teja | 19 Feb 2011 09:50:16

i will die for any kind of mobile apps

Posted by: software download | 13 Oct 2011 20:17:15

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