If you are in need of a multi-client messaging app for your iPad but don’t want to risk wasting your money on something that just doesn’t end up working out for you, Shape Services now has you covered.  Shape recently updated the full ad-free version of IM+ with iPad support, and now the free lite version of the app has gone universal as well.

IM+ Lite offers up nearly identical features to its ad-free counterpart.  It includes support for tons of services like Facebook chat, Yahoo, MSN, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, MySPaceIM, and Twitter. The app supports push notifications for all of its supported chat services, and for new email in Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail as well.  It also sports the ability to send photos, videos, geo-locations, voice messages as MP3 files, and so much more.  The one feature that is missing, however, is Skype chat.

Just like the full version, IM+ Lite users can choose to add speech recognition for $.99 a month as an in-app purchase.

IM+ Lite v4.1 is now available in the App Store for free.  It’s a universal app, so you can run it on all of your iDevices.

If you end up enjoying the IM+ Lite experience and want to get rid of the ads, the full ad-free version of IM+ is available for $9.99.