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RadiusIM review

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Manufacturer: RadiusIM

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

RadiusIM is a web-based instant-messaging application with a difference - it has an element of social (and physical) networking. RadiusIM is a great idea but, as we found when we reviewed RadiusIM, it needs to grow to fulfil its promise.

RadiusIM relies on location-based features to differentiate it from other web-based instant-messaging services. It offers access to key IM services such as AIM, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and Google Talk, and it lets you search for other RadiusIM users based on their location.

RadiusIM can't yet be all that popular in the UK, as it failed to find any fellow surfers for us in deepest, darkest, er, central London. But stick with RadiusIM, as it could be a winner.

But before you can use RadiusIM, you have to register. Although the process isn't onerous (you must supply an email address, a birth date, a post code and your country), it does make the service slower to use the first time than some competitors.

After completing the initial RadiusIM registration, you can choose to have RadiusIM connect you to your IM accounts automatically when you log in.

Like Meebo, RadiusIM has a nice, clean, ad-free web interface. Your buddy list appears in a window on the right side of the RadiusIM page.

Although you can move the window anywhere within the RadiusIM web page, you can't undock it from the page. You can log on to any number of the services that RadiusIM supports at one time.

Options include AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN and Yahoo. RadiusIM groups your buddy list according to each service, which simplifies navigation.

Messages appear in pop-up windows on the page and can't be undocked, which might frustrate some RadiusIM users. You get a time-stamp on messages, but the service doesn't provide a typing indicator to let you know whether your contacts are responding to your messages. (RadiusIM plans to add this feature in a future release.)

RadiusIM - make friends instantly

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RadiusIM Expert Verdict »

Web connection
MSN, AIM/ICQ, Yahoo or GTalk/Jabber log-in
registration required
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you want to make new friends in your area (and you're willing to accept the security risks that accompany meeting people online), RadiusIM shows promise. But until more people use the service, its location-based features have limited utility. And despite its clean interface and relative ease of use, RadiusIM's registration process - brief though it is - may hold you back.

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