After MensXP.com’s first ‘SMS Facilities You Didn’t Know About‘, a compilation of news snippets about SMS services I’d come across, we started paying more attention to SMS services launched in India.
This is our second bundle of SMS services you can use.
Sproxil: Mobile Product Authentication for Counterfeit Medicines
India’s large pharmaceutical market is rife with counterfeit (spurious) medicines. Which is why US-based Sproxil has launched Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) to let you check if your medicines are authentic.
To do this, you’ll have to send a code (printed on the drug) to the manufacturers, and receive a response in real time.
The first national mobile-based anti-counterfeit service was established by Sproxil in Africa, and was successful in reaching several pharma companies by providing them of anti-counterfeit labels.
According to Sproxil CEO Ashifi Gogo: “Our services enable Indian companies to reduce the presence of counterfeit medicines by connecting companies directly to their consumers in a scalable manner, using mobile phones”, he added.
Currently, the company is working with clients in field of the antimalarial medicines.
(And we’ll keep you posted when it goes live)
TATA DoCoMo’s RouteFinder
Unlike America’s specific street navigation, our alleys and gullies aren’t marked on Indian maps, and location landmarks are more important than any other navigation.
This is just what TATA DoCoMO’s RouteFinder offers, with turn by turn directions right on your phone.
What’s new with Turn by Turn navigation? Google launched it last year, right?.
Unlike Google Map powered instructions on your mobile, you don’t need the Internet for this. This is a an SMS service. Further, DoCoMo offers a complementary 50% off on instructions – buy one instructions (5 Rupees per direction) and the second is free!
Most of India doesn’t know where it will get it’s water next.
24/7 running water is a luxury rather than a civil amenity. Next Drop is an SMS alarm. an update on SMS – 30 to 60 minutes before water hits your pipes, and in real time. Which means that there’s no delay in the SMS and water 30-60 minutes later.
To ensure this, NextDrop work with valvemen, using an interactive voice system to verify the information they give you. Then, they work with families, confirming if the water reached them. creating a constant feedback between people and their water supply
A phone health service that costs only Rs300 for 3 months get a doctor on the phone, anytime you get sick, explain your symptoms and get medical advice(over-the-counter drugs via SMS) along with home remedies.
If you do need a physical examination, there’s even a hospital recommendation and prescription of test you’ll have to get done. and can go to and which tests they should get done.
This is the first service in India to offer unlimited phone consultations with a licensed MBBS doctor. You can call the doctor ( at 6133 6133) between 8AM to 10 PM, anywhere in India, and the service can be used by 5 other members of your family.
“We encourage them to call us if they don’t understand their test results or what the doctor told them. Our aim is to answer all queries until the caller is satisfied,” explains Dr Ajay Nair, MD, mHealth Venture India Pvt Ltd. Nair.
You can talk in Hindi, English or Marathi.
Forward this to your maid servant and the guy who lifts your fridge when you’re moving.
CanvasM Technologies ‘Saral Rozgar’ service lets the blue-collared workforce connect with job opportunities on their phones.
They can make a resume and apply for a job – all over a voice call, and their database is accessible to potential job providers, who can reach them through calls or SMS’s.
This the first organized database of blue collared workforce on the internet.
Don’t have a dietician around, taunting your choice of samosas over salad? Cheeny Kum, an SMS+ mobile based technology works around the clock to provide members a a personal health manager.
“Your personal health manager is a nutritionist who will manage your diet, exercise and stress. We have launched two programmes- one for diabetics and the other for weight loss,” explains Khambhati, adding, “We remind our members to go to the gym for a workout, take their medicines on time, and even encourage them to avoid an unhealthy midnight snack if they call us at 2 in the morning.”
This also includes reminders for blood sugars, and a constant monitoring of the readings.
The program works with nutritionists. psychologists (working with mood swings and irritability associated with weight loss) and doctors