You can send Instant Messages The Instant Message feature allows you to have immediate, one-on-one, private chats in real time with other AOL members who are online at the same time as you (or with non-AOL members using the AOL Instant Messenger (TM) service). to anyone who has a cell phone that supports
text messaging (also known as SMS messaging). Text messaging lets you
get in touch with friends, family members or co-workers even when they
are away from a computer.
To send an IM to a cell phone
1. On the AOL toolbar, click IM.
2. In To, type a Plus sign (+), the country code, and the full ten-digit cell phone number.
-For example: +14445551212
3. If you are sending a message to a cell phone outside the U.S., include the country code.
4. Type your message in the large text entry box, and then click Send.
Since messages are delivered by the recipient's wireless service provider's network, AOL cannot guarantee that messages sent to a cell phone will be received.
Only recipients using cell phones capable of two-way text messaging will be able to respond to your message.
To learn how to forward your instant messages to a cell phone when you are away from the computer, see How do I have my IMs forwarded to a cell phone?