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Connecting to IRC with your mobile phone

Hey it's been a while since I have shared a project of mine, I have been very busy lately. Today I am going to share a program called JmIRC. This program allows users to chat on IRC using their mobile phone. This program is Java based so you don't need to have a smart phone!!

This program works on any phone that allows Java based apps, which is most phones, it will work on smartphones as well but the people that can't afford a smartphone can also use it.

The first thing you need to do is find out how to install a java app to your phone. I won't cover this part because it depends on your phone on how to do it. If you need any help figuring out how to do this let me know and I'll be more than happy to help you out. Most phones will need a usb cord to do this

Once you have the directions then you need to download the program. You can get the files below or visit the sourceforge page at

Some phones will need the Jar and the Jad file, others will only require the Jar file. Again it depends on the phone so find the directions to install a java app on your specific phone before you attempt this.

Once installed you can open the IRC app and setup some profiles, http settings,and basic settings. When you want to connect click menu then scroll down to the bottom and hit the connect button

The join button will let you join channels on the server and the menu now gives you other options such as query, names, favorites, bytecounter, and msg. To send a message click on msg and write your message then click send

JmIRC offers some nice options such as using a proxy, displaying timestamps, using colors, status headers, nickname resolution, 3 different font sizes, character encoding, string highlighting, and more

Profiles can hold username and passwords for connecting to servers although this may cause security risks depending on your phones OS, your providers settings, and others settings on your phone.

Overall JmIRC is a very wonderful application for your mobile phone and I highly recommend it. The fact that you don't need a smartphone to connect to an IRC server is absolutely fantastic. Please let me know what you think of the program.

If you know how to program with Java and want more functionality you can download the source code from and change it to work for you! Please let us know about your mods and hacks to the program.

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