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Google has just added India to the growing list of countries that can use Google Chat to send free text messages to mobile phones. Users in India can now send SMS messages from Gmail’s chat interface to all available mobile carriers, and also receive messages from mobile devices straight to their Gmail. The service is not available in the standalone Google Talk app.

The service is free to use, but does come with a limit of 50 messages. This limit is not set in stone, though: for every SMS you receive through Gmail, five are added to your credit, so if you use the service to chat with friends, you will never run out of messages. If you do happen to run out, you’ll get one message after 24 hours, which you can use to stock up again. You can even send an SMS to yourself and reply to get more credit.

In order to send an SMS to a contact, type the contact’s name in the search box and select “Send SMS” from the menu that opens on the right. You will then be prompted to enter the phone number and save it. After that, a chat window will open, where you’ll be able to chat as you normally do, only this time it will be through SMS and not regular Google Chat.

Users in India who wish to stop receiving SMS messages on Gmail should text the number +918082801060 with the word “STOP”. To start receiving SMSes again, text the same number with the word “START”. This is a great little perk for users in India, who’ve now joined more than 50 countries worldwide who enjoy Google’s free SMS service.

Do you plan on using this new service?

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Source: IBNLive

  1. ali
    November 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    such a great idea by google... i really like it..

  2. kumar raja
    October 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

    yes i have tried this its working nice one by gmail

  3. Muge Muthu
    October 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

    simply superman..........

  4. Sabrykrishnan Loganathan
    October 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I never knew this... does it work in US?

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      The service is available in the US as well, yes.

  5. Mark Smerdon
    October 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Great start for India.

  6. Akhil Kumar
    October 17, 2012 at 5:51 am

    woo! IT's good no need to login to "way to sms".

  7. Saeef Alam
    October 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Google is just the greatest company ever.

    The free texting service allows me to stay in touch with my best friends back in Kuwait while I attend university in the US.

  8. rajat bhatt
    October 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I am trying to send sms to India from US, using gmail. Its not working . keeps giving me error message' sms not sent '- receiver has not blocked this function so dont know why am getting this error

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Might have been a temporary glitch, it should work no matter where you are in the world, I think. Did you get it to work?

  9. Kao Vang
    October 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Love sms via gmail.

  10. Norbert Gruszfeld
    October 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I would love to see this one in Poland :)

  11. Pwince Khan
    October 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    NOw spamming will be started in india

  12. Pwince Khan
    October 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    aghhh what about malaysia?

  13. sendid mohamed abdelhadi
    October 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    i like this site is very impressing

  14. sendid mohamed abdelhadi
    October 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

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  15. Edwin Williams
    October 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm


  16. nikhil agarwal
    October 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    It is a good service but messages can only to sent via gmail interface. It would be a bit more handy if sms service is integrated in gtalk.

  17. karthik chandrappa
    October 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I didn't understand what Google will gain from this. Can anyone please explain me what is the commerce behind this.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      October 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Nothing. You will stick to gmail. ANd google gains from the ads displayed in gmail.

  18. Alex Perkins
    October 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Is three supported?

  19. Siddharth
    October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Airtel , BSNL and MTNL are still missing from the list

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      October 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Whoelse is it supporting then? They are the major players in the Indian market.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Well, seems like Google weren't very accurate when they stated "all carriers" in their support list. Maybe they're planning to expand..

  20. Grr
    October 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Finally something good for Indian users. Thanks

  21. Vaibhav Bakhshi
    October 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    That was a long awaited one...
    Yo Google...! Keep it coming.

  22. Hiren Patel
    October 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Great :)

  23. Aditya Roy
    October 14, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Its pretty handy.. bit i don't see myself using it much.

    • Aditya Roy
      October 14, 2012 at 7:57 am


  24. Raj Sarkar
    October 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Google. <3

  25. Mac Witty
    October 14, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Hope to see it in other countries. Seems handy to have SMS together with emails

  26. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 14, 2012 at 4:07 am


  27. susendeep dutta
    October 14, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Not all carriers are supported.The major carrier Airtel doesn't supports it.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Sorry about that. According to Google, the service supports all carriers. I'm not very familiar with carriers in India so I had to go with that, guess they missed one?

  28. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

    There ate already lots of sms services. No need of it.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      October 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      It integrates well with gmail. Thats an advantage.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      That's true, but if you're in Gmail anyway, it's convenient that you can now send and receive SMS messages right there.

  29. RaMaN
    October 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    That's good. Since Google SMS Channels seems like dead, this is new service and will never become lazy at least.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      October 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      SMS channels are still working well. I have a channel myself and I receive many messages from many channels everyday.

  30. Anil Kumar
    October 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

    good one....!!

  31. Rajaa Chowdhury
    October 14, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Very useful feature added for us in India. Am gonna use it to the hilt to save some pennies on my SMSes!!! :D

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