ebuddy & palringo??? android 1.6

Hi guys

I'm using the SE experia x10 on android 1.6. I'm looking for a messenger that allows instant chat and can send pictures (oviously for free via internet connection).

I cannot get whatsapp on my 1.6. i've tried funmail, but it aint that good.
I have ebuddy, but cant seem to find out how to send pictures, can someone help me with that one please.
Also i've seen palringo out there and would like others opinions.