Jaxtr, the company that lets you make and receive calls through various social networking sites such as MySpace and more recently Facebook, Orkut, Linkedin, Flickr and also blog platforms such as Blogger, Typepad etc. has now opened up its walled garden to allow users to send SMS’ to other mobile phones outside the Jaxtr network.
This may sound like old news to some of you but I finally got around to trying the network and it works pretty well. Jaxtr members can use a simple Web form to send a text message to a mobile phone in any of the supported countries (38 of them).
Jaxtr is a company that is experiencing volatile growth. 100, 000 users added the company widget to their profile (MySpace), within 2 months of its launch. That figure now stands at 10 million. A little over a year since its launch. The opening up to other networks and also SMS should only fuel more growth.
SMS should also provide the company with a revenue-earning stream. The other option, which the company might be toying with, is in call ads before calls are connected.
As of now however, I tried out the service and didn’t really receive ads on my phone.
I said that Jaxtr seems to be opening up it’s walled garden. That’s more or less summarized by Jaxtr chief executive Konstantin Guericke – “We’re opening up the service — until now Jaxtr has been a member service, you couldn’t call me unless I was a member … with (messaging) we’re opening it up for the first time,”
Jaxtr is very similar to Skype except that as of now, unlike eBay, with Voice Calls atleast, it does not have the ability to bypass traditional telephone networks.