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Gmail Labs Tests SMS Messaging through Chat

After Gmail Task here comes another feature which  would allow Gmail users to send SMS text messages through Gmail chat. This new Gmail feature is currently available only for U.S. users, but for those of us who live outside U.S., can still send text messages to our friends’ US phone numbers no matter where we are located in the world.

For Gmail users located in the U.S., they need to activate the feature on their Gmail Settings account by going to the Labs tab and enable “Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat.” After enabling and saving the feature, they can enter their friend’s phone number in the search box in the chat window on the left side of  Gmail account. Or they can access their contacts list first then add a particular contact’s phone number before sending an SMS text message.

For those in the receiving end, all SMS text messages coming from Gmail would have the 406 area code.  Replying to these messages from the mobile phone is similar to how text messages are replied to. Once the SMS text messages are sent, they will go back to the Gmail servers, after which, the messages will appear on the Gmail chat window.

For those who don’t want to receive SMS text messages from a particular contact, they can always reply to the message with the word BLOCK or STOP  if they prefer not to receive any messages from anybody using Gmail.

Incidentally, this Gmail feature was rolled out a couple of weeks ago but Google took it back due to some glitches. This time around, Gmail is more sure that the new feature is more stable.

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Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google, Ask.com, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building three niche blogs covering iPad News, Google Android Phones and E-Book Readers.
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3 thoughts on “Gmail Labs Tests SMS Messaging through Chat

  1. I wonder if this will lead to an influx of spam text messages?

    I tried the service and it was actually pretty cool. It sent 2 messages though….mine and then one from Google that explained that the sender had used Google to send the message (thus the odd phone number)

  2. How long does it take to receive a reply? I’m not sure that my messages are going through.