Gmail – Google has broadened its free SMS chat service for customers in India. This new service
alters all the Gmail users to send text messages to Mobile phones from the Gmail chat service and
they can also receive replies as the chat message. In this service, users have to add their mobile
contacts in the email address book, so that they can easily send or receive messages. This Gmail
SMS service is available not only in India but also available in 51 other countries of Asia, North
America and Africa.
Now if you think you can send unlimited messages then you are wrong. Initially, each Gmail user
have given 50 SMS credit, the SMS credit is diminished by one for each message sent by the user,
and if the user received any message in response to the message sent via Gmail chat, the SMS
credit is increased by five. When the SMS credit becomes zero then it is renewed again by adding 1
credit after 24 hours. This credit limit is set to reduce the misuse of free SMS services for the
purpose of marketing and advertising.
In India, this free Gmail SMS service was activated on Wednesday i.e. on 10th October for both
regular and Google apps user. And there are total eight mobile service operators having free
Gmail SMS service –
Tata Docomo, Aircel, Tata Indicom, MTS, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea and Loop Mobile
Mobile service providers like BSNL, MTNL and AirTel are not supported this Gmail SMS service
yet. This free SMS service provides so many facilities to the users. Those people who do not
want to receive messages from Gmail chat, they can block all the future messages from the
senders simply by replying the message with the word “BLOCK” and if they again want to
receive messages then reply the message with the word “UNBLOCK”.
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And if any of the Gmail chat recipients do not want to receive any message from any Gmail user in
India, they can ‘Deactivate’ this service by sending a ‘STOP’ message to +918082801060 and to
‘Activate’ this service again send ‘START’ message to +918082801060. Sending messages from
Gmail Chat Interface is very simple, you just have to add the recipient mobile number and country
and then write your message and click ‘Send’ option. Remember, sending SMS from Gmail to
mobile phones is absolutely free but standard SMS charges may apply if you respond to Gmail
SMS via phone.