Although, internet proliferation in India is rapidly increasing, it’s still far cry from being as ubiquitous as mobile phones. Realising that not everyone in India has regular access to the internet, Microsoft has added SMS support to Hotmail.
Microsoft said, With this fun and simple service, you can forget about going to the cyber cafe or logging on to your computer every time you want to check your mails”. While this might appear to be a silly and pointless feature to folks in western countries, I suspect that it may turn out to be a popular feature among Indians. “You can now receive, read and reply to emails on your SMS. The service also enables efficient viewing of emails by specifying the email address/domain from which you’d like to receive alerts on your SMS”, the company added.
This service can be enabled from mobile.live.com. It is available to Aircel, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Idea, Loop Mobile, MTNL Delhi, MTNL Mumbai, MTS, Reliance (CDMA), Reliance (GSM), Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo, Uninor and Vodafone Essar customers. While incoming messages are free, outgoing messages (replies) will be charged as per standard rates.