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article imageGmail Enables 'SMS Messaging For Chat' Feature

By Chris V. Thangham     Dec 11, 2008 in Internet
Gmail has enabled the SMS feature through its Labs for users in the U.S. People can send SMS messages directly from their emails and the service is free, except for the data charges the receiving party may incur.
Previously Gmail introduced an SMS feature but it faced some hiccups; it had to disable it temporarily. Now, it appears they have fixed the problems; it is available for most of the Gmail users in the U.S. For other countries this feature will follow very soon. If you have any American friends and know their phone numbers, you can still send SMS messages from anywhere in the world.
With Labs, Gmail has become more powerful than any other application. We can chat either via text, voice or video from Gmail, and now it has added the SMS feature so you can chat with your friends on their phones when they are not connected to the Internet. Sending SMS messages from Gmail is free for the sender, but the receiver might be charged for the text messages, so make sure it is OK before sending the SMS messages.
To enable the SMS feature, go to “Settings” --> Click “Labs” --> Enable the “Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat” feature --> Click “Save”.
Go to Chat Window and type the number to send your SMS message as shown below:
Type the phone number to start SMS in Gmail.
Type the phone number to start SMS in Gmail.
Gmail pops out a new window to enable you and your friend to have the SMS message conversation.
Gmail opens a new window for SMS chat.
Gmail opens a new window for SMS chat.
After you finish the conversation, Gmail saves your friends’ numbers in Contacts. When you chat the next time it remembers the number or name and you can send SMS from there.
When your friend receives the text message, Gmail assigns a 406 area code number for each Gmail account. They can save the number for future SMS conversations.
If you want to stop having conversation from a particular sender, you can reply with the word “BLOCK”. If you don’t want to get any SMS conversations from Gmail, you can reply with the word “STOP”.
I tested the service it works great so far.
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