If you live in a country where internet connections are spotty, slow or non-existent, Google wants to bring you your Gmail via text message. On the Google Africa Blog, the Product Manager for Emerging Markets announced that Google SMS would launch in three countries today: Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.
If you're in one of those countries, you can switch the service on using your Gmail preferences. It's free, but standard data rates apply. There's no word on where Google might expand the project next — or when and if it might come to countries like Australia where smartphones and fast internet are pervasive.