Google recently launched SMS chat option for Gmail users, You might have seen a balloon showing in your gmail about sending free sms. Yes , Google Mail now features sending and receiving SMS to and from mobile numbers. This SMS chat feature is not new to European countries but for some Asian countries it was launched on October 10th of 2012. The Gmail SMS feature is now accessible to Indian users along with 51 other countries in Asia, Africa and North America. Google had first made this feature available to its users in some African countries in 2011 where SMS rates were too expensive by that time in some places of Africa.
Using this free Gmail SMS service users can send text messages to mobile phones using Gmail Chat interface. Responses to the SMSs will appear as replies in Gmail Chat and conversations will be stored in users’ Chat history, like regular chats.
To send sms or start chatting with a mobile number, You must login to your Gmail and then enter the mobile number in the search box of gmail chat and then click send sms .
Upon which a chat window will appear same as like chatting with gmail contact. In which you can send sms to that number, and when the person who receives the sms from you they can reply for that message, which will be sent to your chat window. 🙂
Users are initially given a credit of fifty messages and for every message sent the credit decreases by one and for each message received in response to a text message sent via Gmail Chat, the user’s credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50. When the SMS credit goes down to zero, one credit is added after 24 hours. Google has built in the credit limit to prevent misuse of its free SMS service for marketing/spamming.
When ever someone replies for your sms then your free sms count will be incremented by 5 messages up to 50 messages. If you want to buy messages then send a message to your own number and reply to that message, and you will get 5 messages per message you reply 🙂 Isn’t it nice?
If you do not wish to receive messages from a particular sender, then reply him as BLOCK, if you wish to unblock that person again reply as UNBLOCK. IF you want to stop all messages from GMAIL then send message as ‘STOP’ to +918082801060 (Indian user). To reactivate the service they can SMS ‘START’ to the same number.
While sending SMS from Gmail Chat to phones is free, responding to Gmail SMSs from the phone may incur standard SMS charges.