The internet giant Google, has extended its free SMS chat service to India. With this feature now enabled to Indian users, you can now send free SMS to mobile phones using Gmail chat or using Google talk a.k.a GTalk.
The free SMS service was first made available to Gmail users in some African countries in 2011. Since then Google has been extending this service and now it is available in India along with 51 other countries in Asia, North America and Africa.
Although this service is enabled for Indian users, it currently supports only Aircel, Tata DoCoMo, Tata Indicom, Vodafone, MTS, Loop Mobile and Idea in some circles. Users can access this service through Gmail chat or using GTalk application.
How does GMail/GTalk free SMS works
- Initially, users get 50 messages credit. With which you can send free SMS in India on some networks.
- For every message sent the credit is decrease by 1.
- For each message received response to your SMS your account is credited by 5, up to a maximum of 50.
- Besides that users can also buy SMS credits.
- If your account credit goes down to zero, +1 credit is added after 24 hrs.
- Mobile phone recipients who do not wish to receive SMS’s from certain Gmail user can block future messages, by replying to the message with the word “BLOCK”.
- In case you want to receive messages again – Just reply to the message with the word “UNBLOCK”.
While sending text messages from Gmail and Google Talk is free, replies to the message from your mobile phone may incur standard SMS charges.