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”.
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.
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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