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Google launches ‘Gmail SMS’ in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana

Gmail smsSmart-phones and email equipped feature phones have seeped into the most resource dry markets across various countries. For most users in Africa, SMS (Short Message Services) is the only option for text based communications on the go.

What is Gmail SMS?

Even though, for most of us, email has become an integral part of daily life, in a country where SMEs contribute to more than 50 percent of the GDP, the access to data connectivity for most of them is very low. For these SME owners, Email if available 24×7, can be very powerful tool that can help them manage their clientele and business more efficiently. In order to resolve this gap in communication, Google has launched a new internet connection-free service known as Gmail SMS. They announced through a blog post that the Gmail SMS service will be available in Nigeria, Ghana & Kenya.

Through Gmail SMS you can now send and receive emails as SMS messages using your mobile phone. This can be done regardless of whether you have an internet connection (Wi-Fi or 3G) or not. The best part is that the feature works on any phone (and we’re talking of the most basic versions/models which only support voice and SMS!). This amazing feature will now give the power of email to start-up businessmen who might not own high tech smart-phones with expensive data plans that are heavy on their pockets.

Gmail SMS automatically forwards your emails as SMSs/text messages to your phone. You can respond by replying directly to the SMS. Those of you, who might have used Facebook through Mobile SMS, would be aware of this system. This new feature from Google is built on the same lines. You can control the emails received by replying with commands such as MORE, PAUSE and RESUME. You can also compose new emails as SMSs and send them to any email address recipient – who will find your message in the right email conversation thread.

Receiving Gmail SMS is free of charge. However, Standard SMS rates will apply when replying to messages. You can register your phone for the service in five easy steps and voila! It can open up a whole new world of options for you. No more expensive data plans, high tech smart-phones, heavy laptops and Wi-Fi hunting for email on the go! You can enjoy the luxury of email on your very own phone.

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