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Google Enables Sending & Receiving Gmail via SMS in Some African Countries

by Lambert Varias
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If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you can connect to the Internet on a fairly regular basis. But even with the advent of Wi-Fi and mobile data connections, there are still many places where you won’t have access to the Internet. That’s why Google came up with a way for Gmail users to send and receive email via text messages or SMS.

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The service is simply called Gmail SMS. Because calling it Esmsmail or Smsemail is just absurd. For now it’s only available in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. Customers only need to register the mobile number that they’d like to tie to their Gmail account and they’ll be able to send and receive email from their phone.

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Because it’s in the form of a text message, customers can receive Gmail SMS from practically any mobile phone. Another nice thing about it is that receiving Gmail SMS is free. Standard network charges will only apply if you want to send an email from your phone via the service. I hope Google eventually rolls out this service to more countries.

[via Google Africa via Memeburn via Emergent Futures]

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