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Developer(s) Palringo Limited
Initial release 2006
Stable release

iOS: 25 March 2014; 3 months ago (2014-03-25);
Android: 5.12.2 3 April 2014; 3 months ago (2014-04-03);
Microsoft Windows: 2.8.1;

Mac OS X: 4.6.4 24 July 2012; 23 months ago (2012-07-24);
Development status Active
Operating system iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X,
Type Instant messaging client
License Freemium

Palringo is a British[1] server-based group-focused instant messaging application with active development for iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Phone. Palringo utilises the premium model to provide Premium functionality.


Palringo Groups are the basis of the Palringo Community. Any user can create (or own) a group - requiring only a unique name - and after creation any Palringo users can join the group. Groups are typically focused around a topic or interest, such as people's various hobbies, sport, gaming, technology, entertainment, etc., or as a way for friends to keep in touch. Users of Palringo can find existing groups via the Groups Gallery,[2] available in-app.

The Groups Gallery contains many sub-categories, as well as a Popular listing, and Local groups - such as the city the user is in. Group owners can remove their group from this listing by declaring it ex-directory - only allowing those with knowledge of the room's existence access.

Groups have a maximum member limit of 2,500 users, and non-Premium users can be members of up to 25 groups at any given time - this limit is increased to 100 groups for users that hold a Premium Account.[3] A Group Owner can appoint a team of moderators to aid in the management of the group. There are two levels of moderators on Palringo; Mods, who may kick, silence, or ban a user, and an Admin, who may also appoint/remove Mods. There is no limit to the number of Admin/Mods a group may have.

Users can purchase Internet Relay Chat bots to provide extra entertainment and functionality to groups.[4]


Palringo uses a proprietary protocol that allows communication between other Palringo users - supporting group chat, voice, photo messaging.

Palringo Local[edit]

Palringo offers a technology, Palringo Local, which allows users to set and view peers, or groups, location via manual setting, Global Positioning System (GPS), triangulation, or estimation over the current internet network.[5] It uses the Google Maps API to display peer locations, and also offers a "Nearby" section in group and friend lists to show nearby users.


Clients were also available for Java ME, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile, but it was announced in March 2012 that these would no longer be supported.[6]

Palringo used to support several third-party protocols, including OSCAR, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, XMPP and Gadu-Gadu,[7] though the support was revoked in favour of the native group messaging system.[8]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Palringo Limited". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Groups Gallery". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  3. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Premium Accounts". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  4. ^ Palringo Ltd. "Premium Accounts". Palringo Ltd. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013. 
  5. ^ Dennis, Tony (23 October 2008). "Palringo offers free friend finding facility". The Inquirer. Incisive Financial Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Palringo. "Palringo to drop support for Symbian/Java/BlackBerry/Windows Mobile". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Seth (29 July 2008). "One Palringo to rule iPhone IM?". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Joe (26 April 2012). "Palringo dropping support for all 3rd Party IMs (MSN/Yahoo/GTalk etc)". Parlingo Knowledge Base. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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