Google testing Gmail SMS Chat in Labs

Google is trying to integrate yet another nifty new feature to its free web-based mail service, Gmail. Currently available under Labs, Gmail SMS Chat will enable users to send text messages to their contacts via their Gmail account’s built-in Chat feature. All that’s needed are a few click to get started.

Users can turn the new feature on by going to the Labs tab within Gmail’s settings. After this is done, an option to send an SMS will be available after typing a number on the Chat search box. Contacts with cellphone numbers registered under their name will also be able to receive SMS from one’s Gmail account.

A number in the 406 area code will appear to be where the SMS originated to first-time Gmail SMS chat recipients, and Google has made several thousands of which available for use with the new experimental service. This 406 number can then be saved by recipients as it is associated to an account after it is used for the first time.

Via Web Monkey

Author: David Gonzales

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  • http://www.easypctexting.com Alex (send SMS from computer)

    Interesting idea.

    I wonder how many unique numbers are available to Google on that area code (406). It's assigned to Montana after all :) Still relatively confusing to have another phone number for SMS<->Gmail…

  • http://www.easypctexting.com Alex (send SMS from computer)

    Interesting idea.

    I wonder how many unique numbers are available to Google on that area code (406). It's assigned to Montana after all :) Still relatively confusing to have another phone number for SMS<->Gmail…