Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) is the instant messaging using mobile devices. It enables mobile chatting between two or more participants. MIM messaging is the counterpart to instant messaging (IM) on the desktop
.Accordingly, the instant messaging providers known from the desktop environment can also be used on smartphones. Communication is transmitted in push mode and enables communication almost in real time, provided there is sufficient network reception. Many providers of the MIM service also enable the transmission of photos, audio and video files. Mobile instant messaging
isa major competitor to the classic short message service
(SMS) of mobile phone providers and is eroding the profit base of telephone companies in this originally very profitable area. There are several interesting apps for mobile instant messaging, including WhatsApp and Snapchat.