|Sabeer Bhatia’s latest idea is to initiate a mobile application that allows users to send text messages for free.|
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Mumbai:Indian IT entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia has launched a free text messaging service.
He says the service will be as revolutionary as his previous venture, Hotmail.
According to Indian media reports, Bhatia, who co-founded the free email service 15 years ago, said JaxtrSMS would do to SMS what it did for e-mail.
The service is designed to allow users to send a text message from their phone to any other mobile in the world, even if the recipient does not have the JaxtrSMS application.
Other free mobile messaging services on the market are restricted to users in a closed group who have the same application.
The free, downloadable application, which works on smartphones, has been developed entirely in India, which is one of the fastest-growing mobile phone markets in the world with more than 850 million subscribers.
Internet-enabled smartphones, however, are prohibitively expensive for most Indians, although they are gaining popularity among the more affluent in urban centres, where wireless connectivity is more widespread.