AOL users can now send free instant messages and SMSes to mobile phones in India from the AOL Mail or AOL Messenger service. This feature also enables the recipient mobile user to respond to those messages instantly. This service is supported on most Indian carriers like Airtel, Vodafone, Spice, Aircel and MTNL.
AOL had recently announced the AOL Open Mobile Platform, which it plans to make available to developers this summer. The new open platform will help stimulate innovation by providing developers with ready access to the tools and source code they need to build and distribute applications across all major mobile device platforms and operating systems, including BREW, Java, Linux, RIM, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. As a result, developers will be able to create applications for a wide variety of mobile devices.
AOL was the first Internet portal in the world to start Instant Messenger services through their AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). Today, AOL Messenger is the one of the world’s most popular instant messenger services with over 67 million worldwide users and roughly 2 billion messages sent each day.
AOL’s mobile offerings, too, have been breaking new ground with innovations in value added services. AOL Mobile has unique applications on SMS (51515 and 51516), GPRS (wap.aol.in) and mobile clients.
“The mobile market in India has outpaced the Internet market in terms of growth rate. We feel that our suite of services will help bridge the divide between the growing mobile market and the Internet market in India,” said PG Ponnapa, VP and General Manager, AOL Interactive Media India.