Vodacom, Cell C free Gmail SMS snub continues

Vodacom and Cell C still do not support Gmail’s free SMS service in South Africa and the reasons behind their snub remains unknown

By - April 13, 2012
Free Gmail SMS

Vodacom and Cell C still do not support Google’s free Gmail SMS service in South Africa, with Vodacom explaining that there is ‘still no final decision on the matter’. Cell C said that they are still in the process of evaluating the service.

Google launched their free Gmail SMS service in South Africa in March, allowing users to send text messages from their desktop Gmail Chat interface directly to mobile phone numbers via SMS. In return, the mobile phone users can reply by SMS and their responses will appear in the original sender’s Gmail Chat interface.

At launch the service was only available to numbers on the MTN and 8.ta mobile networks, and not much has changed since then.

Vodacom and Cell C still do not support the service, and the reasons behind these decisions remain unknown.

Vodacom’s decision not to support the free Gmail SMS service in SA is particularly curious as the service is supported by Vodacom Mozambique, Vodacom Tanzania and Vodacom DRC.

Vodacom was asked why it supports the service in other African countries but not South Africa, but the company could not provide an answer to this question.

Cell C could also not provide insight into why the service is not supported yet, merely saying that they are “still in the process of evaluating the service”.

Cell C could not provide details on why the process is taking so long or even whether they would like to support the service.

Related articles

Free SMSes from Gmail

Free Gmail SMS in SA: why so late?

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you support tax rebates for broadband investment in South Africa?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Adware or Malware – what is Lenovo pushing?

Keys

While some software such as virus scanners can be useful, Lenovo has discovered just how badly it can backfire when including insufficiently tested – or just plain malicious – software

Samsung – in breach of its own privacy policy?

Samsung logo on backplate

After news emerged that Samsung’s smart TV has the ability to record personal conversations, the company quickly amended its privacy policy. But are these changes legal in South Africa?

ANC to SABC – show Jacob Zuma more love

SABC Freddie Mercury Another One Bites the Dust

Party spin doctors reportedly want to ‘reclaim’ the public broadcaster to polish the president’s halo.

Wi-Fi-enabled, LED-fitted dress changes patterns on the go

Wi-Fi power glowing in the palm of your hand

MWEB Wi-Fi has developed a Wi-Fi-enabled, LED-fitted dress that changes its pattern and colours depending on when and where it is worn

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)