Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, along with Yogesh Patel, has announced the launch of JaxtrSMS, a cross-platform, texting application that allows one to send SMS over the Internet to any other cell phone user around in your country or any where in the world. What makes JaxtrSMS stand apart from other over-the-internet SMS application is that JaxtrSMS allows you to send messages from your own number. This means that recipients see your number and name and not that of JaxtrSMS as the message sender. Additionally, the recipient doesn’t need to be a JaxtrSMS user in order to receive messages.
The app automatically integrates with your address book allowing you to conveniently add contacts from your phone memory in the recipient field. The app uses WiFi or 3G/2G data services to send the message and behaves like regular SMS. If the receiver has JaxtrSMS installed on their phones, then the message appears as part of a threaded conversation within the app with special notifications. Non-JaxtrSMS users receive the SMS in their regular SMS inbox.
The free app is compatible with Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java-based devices.