Gmail, the free web-based email service provided by the world’s leading Internet search engine Google has added a free SMS feature to the service for users in Ghana.
The service was activated Thursday March 11, 2010.
The service according to Google offers the feature on MTN, Zain, Tigo and Kasapa.
Users of Gmail in Ghana can send text free with this service.
A Google spokesman was quoted as saying, “SMS in Gmail Chat is a feature that allows Gmail users to send SMS messages to their contacts’ mobile phones using Gmail Chat. We believe SMS in Gmail Chat bridges online and mobile communications, bringing a new level of flexibility and mobility to Gmail Chat. We hope to extend this to additional countries and additional carriers in the future, but have nothing to announce at this time.”
This is indeed a boost to the ICT sector in Ghana that individual’s and companies can take advantage of. Sadly, most Ghanaian businesses are not taking advantage of the growing online and mobile to Internet solutions available to maximize business opportunities. This latest innovation from Google after the launch of Google maps in 30 countries in Africa including Ghana emphasizes that opportunity even more.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi