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 live 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 the UK where smartphones and blazing Internet are pervasive. For information on how to set up Gmail SMS head over to the Google Africa Blog. [Google Africa Blog via TechCrunch]