TringMe has introduced sms based VOIP solution that enables even low-end phones to make VoIP calls (without installing anything, or without 3G/data connectivity). All one needs to do is send a SMS (containing the phone number) to TringMe and it will connect you to any phone number/Gtalk, SIP URI worldwide.
The solution is currently in alpha phase and is available only in India.
As per the stats :
- In developing countries like India, more than 80% mobile users do not have data connection on their mobile.
- Smartphones only constituted 10% of the total mobiles sold last year (source: Symbian market share data).
TringMe is following the Bottom of Pyramid route and a service like this will surely increase adoption.
To try out the service, register yourself and send a SMS tringme <US Phone Number> to 9980153695.