Freeware Utilities

Communication Freeware Utilities

Chat on IRC

IceChat is an IRC ( Internet Relay Chat) program. It is used to connect to IRC Servers and chat in channels with other IRC Users. You can connect IceChat to an unlimited number of servers, all in one session (No need to start multiple copies of IceChat). IceChat is FreeWare, meaning anyone can use it, at no cost.
Chat on IRC: IceChat

I am making an unofficial free X-Chat (UNIX IRC client) build for Windows, compiled on Windows XP SP2 with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect C/C++ compiler.
Chat on IRC: X-Chat 2 for Windows

Chat with different messenger clients

Miranda IM is an open-source multi protocol instant messenger client for Microsoft Windows. It's smaller, faster, easier!
Chat with different messenger clients: Miranda IM

SIM-IM (SIM Instant Messenger) is a free software package licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). SIM provides an plugins-based instant messenger with support for various protocols. Based on the Qt library it works on X11 (optional with KDE-support), MS Windows and MacOS X.
Chat with different messenger clients: SIM-IM

Pandion is an instant messaging client for XMPP and Jabber networks. Pandion is designed for usability and standards compliance. Because we think security is not a feature but a necessity, Pandion automatically encrypts your connection to XMPP servers. Pandion makes it simple to use cool features like custom emoticons, avatars, and text markup. You can easily extend the functionality of Pandion by installing plug-ins. Creating your own extensions requires only some knowledge of HTML and JScript.
Chat with the jabber network: Pandion

Check multiple email accounts with 1 utility

The ePrompter email notification program has received CNET's highest rating of 5 Stars AND was just rated among the Top Ten Best Free Internet Software by CNET. The ePrompter email notification program automatically and simultaneously checks and retrieves your email messages from up to sixteen password protected email accounts and then gives you notification whenever you have new messages. ePrompter also lets you know how many new messages you have in each account, once new messages have been retrieved.
The ePrompter email notification program also lets you read, delete and respond to any of your messages with a simple click on the account of your choice - without ever having to launch your email program or go to your webmail's site. Importantly, when ePrompter retrieves messages, it leaves the original messages on your various email accounts' servers and/or webmail sites.
Check multiple email accounts with 1 utility: ePrompter

Phone free using the internet

Skype is free and easy to download, install and use. Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. All calls from Skype to landlines and mobiles within the US and Canada are also free till the end of the year. It's free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers.
Phone free using the internet: Skype

Gizmo is a Free Phone for Your Computer. That makes calling as easy as instant messaging NEW: Free Calls to 60 Countries - over 2 Billion Phones! An internet telephone. As simple as an instant messenger. Now you're talking. Make all your calls from the comfort of your desktop. With Gizmo, it's point, click, talk. For free.
Phone free using the internet: Gizmo

You are just one step away from getting on the switchboard network. Simply put in your login details, or register if you are new to the switchboard. Once you have logged in you will be able to:
call your friends
leave voicemails
instant message
send files
login to the MSN, AIM, and ICQ networks from your web browser.
Phone free using the internet: switchboard

Talk to skype and google-talk clients: Festoon Unity

Festoon Unity - the first to bring ease, simplicity and reach to Instant Messaging by enabling you to video and voice call any group of users on any IM service.
Talk to skype and google-talk clients: Festoon Unity

Telnet/ssh to a site

PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.
Telnet/ssh to a site: PuTTY

Use a better MSN Messenger client

Welcome to the Mercury Messenger (previously called dMSN) website. Mercury is a Java-based MSN client (and slowly upcoming Jabber client).
Use a better MSN Messenger client: Mercury Messenger