We first heard about native BlackBerry clients for AIM, ICQ, and Windows Live Messenger last Fall and although it has taken a little longer than we expected for them to be released, these free BlackBerry downloads are now available.

From what we can tell, news of the native AIM, ICQ, and Live Messenger BlackBerry clients broke on BlackBerry Forums where you can find installation instructions provided by jibi and jungleland, and the service books that make them work courtesy of the Boy Genius.

You can download the native BlackBerry IM clients OTA from:

You can get the updated service books that allow the IM clients to work over on BGR.

AIM for BlackBerry, ICQ for BlackBerry, Live Messenger for BlackBerry