Hotmail co-founder launches free SMS service

Nov 22, 2011
Indian entrepreneur and Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia speaks during a press conference to announce the launch of his latest venture Jaxtrsms in Mumbai. Bhatia launched a free text messaging service, promising that it would be as revolutionary as his previous venture, Hotmail.

Indian IT entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia on Tuesday launched a free text messaging service, promising that it would be as revolutionary as his previous venture, Hotmail.

Bhatia, who co-founded the free email service 15 years ago, said in a statement that his latest venture, JaxtrSMS, would do "to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail".

The application, formally launched at a news conference in , is designed to allow users to send a from their mobile phone to any other mobile in the world, even if the recipient does not have the JaxtrSMS application.

Other free mobile 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 is more widespread.

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epsi00
not rated yet Nov 22, 2011
"designed to allow users to send a text message from their mobile phone to any other mobile in the world, even if the recipient does not have the JaxtrSMS application."


and get the recipient of all those unwanted text messages charged at a rate between $2 and $5 per message by unscrupulous companies. No, thanks.
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 22, 2011
"Bhatia, who co-founded the free email service 15 years ago, said in a statement that his latest venture, JaxtrSMS, would do "to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail"."

When he helped create Hotmail, it was bleeding edge stuff. SMS, on the other hand, is about as commonplace as cellphones themselves. It will be interesting to see if Bhatia can actually capitalize on an already-mature technology's spot on the growth curve.
shwhjw
not rated yet Nov 23, 2011
do "to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail"


Fill my phone with spam?

Imagine what the spam companies would do with the ability to send free text messages...