In some parts of the world mobile data networks, wi-fi and other basic internet connections are not readily available, even when carrier towers are within reach, it is for that reason that the Google India Blog announced on Monday that users in various parts of the world can now begin updating their Google+ status using SMS (text messaging).
When the Google+ SMS service was first announced it was only available in the US and India starting in July 2011, the new update however brings the feature to 41 new countries including:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Using the Google+ SMS status update service couldn’t be any easier, simply go to your Google+ settings page and activate your phone for use on the network. Once you have entered your number you can then begin posting updates and you will receive comments for those updates via SMS text messages.
You can also activate the service from the official Google Mobile page.
Do you find Google+ SMS updates to be a useful feature for your own needs or do you prefer the company’s official iOS and Android apps?