Presence, in the context of mobile phones and/or messaging, refers to technology that allows people to see at a glance whether other people are available to communicate.

Presence is a cornerstone of PC-based instant messaging (IM). It is what allows you too see whether friends in your "buddy list" are "online", "offline", or "away", etc.

On phones, presence is a subset of the Wireless Village instant messaging protocol created by the OMA standards group.

On a phone, presence information (the current status of people you know) can be displayed either in the main contacts list (phone book) and/or within the instant messaging client interface.

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