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Hotmail co-founder launches free SMS service

/ 02:30 AM November 23, 2011

FREE S.M.S. SERVICE Indian entrepreneur and Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia speaks during a press conference to announce the launch of his latest venture Jaxtrsms in Mumbai on November 22, 2011. Bhatia's Jaxtrsms is a cross platform open texting application, letting users send unlimited free text messages to any other mobile phone in the world. AFP PHOTO/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

MUMBAI—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 Mumbai, is 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.

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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 centers, where wireless connectivity is more widespread.

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