Thursday, March 31, 2011

Send SMS within the Philippines with Gmail

Chatting using the computer has been around for some time now. This technology has allowed people to communicate without having to pick up a phone or call/text using a mobile phone. The drawback though was that both parties had to be online and both had to be on Gmail.

Now, Gmail makes it even easier to contact friends via their mobile phones. You can send FREE SMS to a friend from within your Gmail account.

I took this screencap from Gmail's site:

(click on image to enlarge)

1. Log into your Gmail account. In the Send SMS box above Chat, enter the phone number you want to send a SMS to.

2. In the dialog box, enter Contact name of the SMS recipient and check that country and phone number are correct. Then, click Save.

3.Type your message in the chat window and hit Enter.

4.Your message will be sent to the phone number you entered.

When your contact replies to your SMS, it appears on your Chat window, which is great because your exchange is saved as chats in your Chat History, just like ordinary chats.

Any messages you send or receive from Gmail are FREE. Your contact, on a mobile phone, also gets your SMS free but the reply from phone to Gmail will be charged a regular SMS rate by the mobile provider.

This is good news for those who are online at work or at home. Best example: ME!!!

Now I need not pay SMS charges and still be able to contact my family and friends on their mobile. You can do the same from work. Well, that is if Gmail is not blocked in the office. :-)

If you already have a Gmail account, you can log in right now and try it. If you still don't have Gmail, create an account now.

NOTE: SMS with Gmail is available as of now only for Smart and Sun Cellular subscribers.

Read about Gmail SMS HERE.


Azrael Coladilla said...

astig!!!!!! ma try nga to
tnx sa info

Gene said...

darn! I was hoping to try this but we are Globe users!

Jane said...

You're welcome, Az!

Jane said...

@Gene - Awww! Let's hope Globe considers this in their future promos.

Anonymous said...

yes i've tried it. super helpful especially kung nasa work ka at walang mabilihan ng load :)

Anonymous said...

Nice article, well now a days most of firms are offering sms service, or focusing through sms marketing. One of that firm is this, you could try our free web app to send free sms. in the philippines or any other countries.