By Alok Saboo on November 7th, 2011
Few can forget Jaxtr, a company that once offered unlimited international VoIP calls between several countries (including India). Jaxtr, founded by Touraj Parang and Philip Mobin in October 2005, has since been sold to Sabeer Bhatia’s Sabse Technologies Inc. After a brief hiatus, Jaxtr has launched its latest offering – JaxtrSMS – that allows one to send unlimited FREE text messages (SMS) across the world. That indeed is a very lofty goal, lets find if JaxtrSMS lives up to its promises.
JaxtrSMS – Free Mobile Texting
JaxtrSMS is a mobile app that allows you to send unlimited free text messages (SMS) to anyone across the world. JaxtrSMS works on both WiFi and 3G and the app is available for almost all platforms – if your phone is capable of running apps, chances are that you should be able to run JaxtrSMS on your phone. So, go ahead and install the app on your device (client for Windows Mobile is coming shortly).
The best part is that the receiver need not have the JaxtrSMS app installed on their phone. If the receiver does not have the app installed, the message will be delivered as a regular SMS. This will work even if they do not have data-enabled device. If, on the other hand, the receiver has the app installed, the message will show inside the app. Please note that if the other person does not have the app installed, they may have to pay for receiving text messages.
You need to register your mobile number to start using the app. You will receive a confirmation SMS on your mobile.
The app itself is pretty bare-bones, allowing you to send, receive, and delete text messages. You can also send messages to multiple parties at the same time.
The most important part is that you use your own number, i.e., the message is delivered from your number and not any random number (as long as the regulations permit).
The video below will walk you through the necessary steps:
JaxtrSMS is different from the other texting services (e.g., TextFree, TextPlus or TextNow, or Heywire) as it is the only app that works across the world. “JaxtrSMS wants to replace your SMS”, mentioned Yogesh Patel, CTO Sabse Technologies. JaxtrSMS is currently in beta, but Yogesh seemed very excited about the traction that it has already generated. Students are using the app to keep in touch with their families. Travelers around the world can now both send and receive text messages without paying the astronomical roaming charges. While the app and the basic services will continue to be free, the company hopes to monetize the service through value added services (e.g., premium numbers, ringtones).
I have been testing the service for a few days and the app truly lives up to its tall claims. I tried sending text messages to several parts of the world and all the messages were delivered almost instantly.
It definitely is a must have mobile VoIP (mVoIP) app. Happy texting!!
p.s. Please leave a comment if you face any issues with the app or delivery of messages; the developers will appreciate your feedback.