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[How-To] Send free SMS using Gmail

Friday, 12 December 2008, 10:42 | gmail, Google | 24 Comments | Read 4152 Times
by Vaibhav Pandey

Yahoo already has this feature which allows you to send free sms to select countries using Yahoo Mail, and 160by2 allows you to send free sms to India. Now Gmail too has integrated the same using its Labs feature. Though, Gmail did launch this feature earlier as well, but owing to certain issues had to roll it back. This time, its much improved, better and works too.

In order to send free sms to anyone using Gmail please follow the steps below

1.) Login to your Gmail account.

2.) Click on the link which says “Settings”.

3.) Click on the tabbed link which says “Labs”.

Image: Enable Labs feature for sending free sms using Gmail

Image: Enable Labs feature for sending free sms using Gmail

4.) Once inside Labs, enable the labs feature called Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat. Click on the radio button which says “Enable” and press the button Save Changes.

5.) Now in order to send an SMS all you need to do is, login to the Chat using the integrated Gtalk within Gmail and select the friend to whom you wish to send the free sms.

Image: Select the Send SMS option in Gtalk to send free SMS

Image: Select the Send SMS option in Gtalk to send free SMS

6.) Select More options and select the Send SMS option. 

Though this is a nice feature finally rolled out by Gmail, however, the caveat is that as of now you can send SMS to US Phone numbers. Hopefully, this feature gets rolled out to other countries as well, sometime soon.

Also,Other than sending free sms using Labs, you can even use labs to other interesting things like Integrating your Google Calendar with Gmail, Manage Tasks using Gmail. You might also be interested in checking out some interesting Gmail Labs features as well.

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  • priti

    I am not having lab in my gmail a/c. How to get the same?

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    hi how are you

  • kaustub

    Wife:What is 10 years with me?
    Husband:A second.

    Wife:What is $1000 for me?
    Husband:A coin.

    Wife: Ok give me a coin.
    Husband:Wait a second

  • larry

    how do i send email to mobile phone number without contact address? how do i send pictures. i can do it with yahoo but i want to get familiar with gmail.

  • http://www.gmail.com B.R.MADHUSUDAN

    PLEASE LET US KNOW – SENDING SMS THROUGH GMAIL ACCOUNT. UNABLE TO ACTIVATE THE SAME.

  • http://www.sistemafiliasiinternet.com/blog bisnis di internet

    thank a lot buddy,

    I use yahoo messenger for this service before, now I can use gmail too. I never bother to check it because I comfortable with YM services, but since read your blog here,

    I think I’d like to try it.

    Let’s see how’s the performance.

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    add blzway2sms@gmail.com in your chatbox of gmail to send sms directly from gmail

  • Crosby Mantey

    Go to the Upper right corner > Click on Gmail Labs(did u see labs, it has a green icon like a lab test tube) > Scroll down to SMS in Chat gadget > Enable Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat, SMS in Chat gadget and save changes

  • aswini

    iam nt getting labs n send n archive feature where it is

  • whatsupinthename

    This is not applicable for INDIA

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    Thats really great…

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    Enjoy free sms

  • me

    i feel so sad because this features is not applicable for malaysia

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  • sekhar singh

    how to send sms by gmailn

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    Hcl Add

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