How to build a custom chat application?

Hey,

       I was wondering what the best way to build an iOS app that can talk to other devices running the same application, I tried looking online, but all I found was a document showing how to use the GameKit library, but I want to write a small application that can communicate with other devices running the same app, kind of like a mini-local chat application.

The logical way I would think to make this happen, is that app copies of the application would need to update a database with its IP address and maybe port number, and all applications look online to see if the particular device is online or not... Is there a better way than this one?

Appreciate any advice!
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pergrCommented:
I think you should consider using xmpp as protocol, and then start looking at using the open source clients and servers that are out there.

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