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Chat is very similar to instant messaging through Yahoo! Messenger in that you and your contact can communicate instantly through text messages. With att.net Mail chat, you don't need to install the Yahoo! Messenger application on your computer—you can use chat anywhere you can sign in to your Mail account. This comes in handy when you’re sitting in an Internet cafe in Paris enjoying the lovely scenery and want to share your thoughts in real time with your friends.
While chatting in att.net Mail is limited to text messaging, Yahoo! Messenger provides a more flexible environment in a number of ways:
Messenger gives you many features and a variety of ways to communicate with your friends. To take advantage of these features, go to messenger.yahoo.com and download Yahoo! Messenger.
If you already use Messenger, here are a few things to know when using chat in att.net Mail:
One at a time: You can’t use att.net Mail chat feature and Messenger at the same time with the same Member ID.
Who you can chat with: In Messenger, you build your Messenger List by adding the names of the people with whom you want to communicate. You have to get permissions from contacts to add them to your list, and they must ask your OK to be on their lists.
att.net Mail chat is different; there's no separate list of people you want to chat with. Instead, anyone with a Yahoo! ID or Windows Live™ Messenger ID in your Yahoo! Contacts can chat with you whenever you're both online unless you block his messages. However, if you want to block chat messages from a person who is on your Messenger List, you must remove his or her name from that list before blocking chat messages.
Note: The exception is your Windows Live™ contacts. You must always ask permission to add them to your list in Messenger and in Mail.
To chat or not to chat? There is no question. att.net Mail and Yahoo! Messenger make it all so easy.