Gmail has started its SMS service world over including India that let’s an account holder of the email account to send SMSes to mobile numbers. Here is what you have to know about this service.
Is it free?
Well, as you start, you get 50 SMS credits for free but every time you send one SMS, your credit decreases by one.
However, every time you receive an SMS message in Chat (for example when a phone user replies to one of your messages) your credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50.
Also, keep in mind that if you’d like a higher message credit, you can always send an SMS to your own phone, and then reply to that message multiple times. Every time you send a reply message, your SMS credit is increased by five. Effectively, you’re buying more messages by paying your phone company for these outgoing messages.
But remember that sending SMSes from your mobile phone to your Gmail account would cost you as high as Rs 2.50 per SMS.
Which operators are involved?
In India, all operators are involved so you can send messages to any number.
How to enable SMS option in Gmail:
Go to the Chat setting, which can be located from the Chat window’s dropdown. From there, locate the ‘Labs’ section any find out SMS sending option, then click enable.
How to send SMSes using Gmail to a phone number?
We have already did a how to on this topic. Read this article to know more on how to send SMSes using Gmail.
Can you stop receiving Gmail SMSes?
If you no longer wish to receive SMS messages from any Gmail user, you can text ‘STOP’ to the system number of your carrier. When you text ‘STOP’, you will receive a message confirmation and you will no longer receive SMS messages from any Gmail user. To reactivate the service, text ‘START’ to the system number.
Can we block any particular Gmail user sending SMSes to you?
Yes, if you receive an unwanted SMS message from Gmail Chat, you can block future messages from the sender. Just reply to the message with the word ‘BLOCK’. If you change your mind about that sender, you can send a message with the phrase ‘UNBLOCK’ to the phone number from which the message was sent (the SMS messages sent from Gmail Chat have their own number associated with the sender’s email account).