April 28, 2012

How To Send FREE SMS With Gmail To Any Mobile In Any Country?

Short Messaging Service is great! It is fast, it is cheap, and it is convenient! Not to mention very popular especially among the youth. It lets you connect with your friends and family no matter where in the world you are. A few years ago, Google launched its SMS chat service via Gmail. But then it withdrew the service and took it back to its lab. This service was relaunched some time back, but was limited to very few countries, like U.S. etc. Well here's a good news! Google has, very recently, introduced updates to the service. Gmail SMS messaging is now available across a lot more countries, including Asian countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, India etc. You can now send texts to a lot of networks in many countries, absolutely free!

So what's the big deal?

This is a very useful service. If you use a prepaid mobile network, and if you are out of credit (like I usually am :P), you can send texts for free to people who are texting you! And even if you have some credit, but don't want to spend it uselessly, you can just log in to your Gmail account, and easily type and send a message to any of your contacts. I have started using this service for when I can't locate my cell phone, or am feeling to lazy to type a long text on the small, cramped qwerty keyboard. I prefer typing with a proper keyboard. Sit back and relax, and let your friends do the annoying typing on cell phones :). About this service, Google says;

Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards.

How to send texts?

Sending SMS is simple. You of course need to have a Gmail account for sending SMS.

Step 1 : Adding a new contact

Sign in to your Gmail account, and open up the Chat pop up menu from the bottom left if it already isn't there. Click on the little arrow, and Add a new contact.
You will asked to enter an email to invite a contact. Note that if you want to chat a friend that is already your contact, then you can skip ahead to the next step.

Step 2 : Adding mobile number

Now, hover on a contact of yours, and click on the Send SMS button as shown below.

Note : If you haven't sent that contact an SMS before, of if you haven't added their number, then instead of the Send SMS button, there will be a Chat button at the exact same position. Click on this button and you will see a small pop-up at the bottom right of your screen, as shown below.

Click on the Continue this chat over SMS button. This will only appear if you haven't added their number, or haven't sent them an SMS before. Otherwise, you will be able to enter your SMS in this pop up. Once you click the continue button, you will be prompted to choose a country and mobile. This is the contact's mobile number. Add a number and then save.

Step 3 : Chat away!

Once you have entered the mobile number, a pop-up will again appear at the bottom right exactly where the previous one did. This is your chat box. You are now ready to go! Type a message in the text field , hit Enter, and sit back and wait for your friend's reply!

SMS credits

This is a smart way Google has found to encourage the use of this service. Initially, you are given fifty credits, which means you can send out 50 messages. For every one message sent, one credit is deducted. But for every message received, say when someone replies to your Gmail text, you get 5 credits. So tell your friends to stop being miserly, and start replying to texts :). You can not, however, exceed the 50 credit limit, no matter how many replies you get.

What if you lose all the credits? Well, you will receive one credit after 24 hours. A smart way to increase your credits would be to send a text to your own mobile phone, and then replying to it any number of times to refill your credits!

What are the charges?

Google does not charge anything for this service. However, since this is a new service to most countries, some carriers might charge you for it. Usually, you won't be charged for sending SMS through Gmail. The receiver might be charged a small amount if he chooses to reply to that message. Otherwise, standard messaging rates apply. Read more about SMS Charges at the Google Chat Support page.

Supported operators

The reason that this service is so exciting for us is that, it wasn't available for our country before. Not only for us, but for most of our readership as well, this is a big news. The inclusion of this region shows that Google is working to expand its services, which is a good thing. Previously, in the U.S, this service was limited to a few operators. Now, all U.S operators are supported. And the influence has expanded outside the U.S as well. Now, more than 50 countries are included, with hundreds of supported operators. And this influence is expanding fast! For Pakistan, Ufone and Mobilink, the major mobile operators in this area, are supported. In India, Reliance, MTS, Aircel, and other major networks are supported.

Here is a complete list of the Supported Mobile Operators. If your country is listed, but not your carrier, don't despair! Now that so many countries have been included, supporting carriers is not that big an issue. It's only a matter of time before more operators are included by Google. Just wait and see. If your country isn't listed, Google promises to include more countries very soon. So keep your fingers crossed :)

What do you think?

This definitely is a big breakthrough, especially for Asian countries. Check out this service and let us know about your experiences. And if you find any problems, let us know so that we can discuss the problem and look for solutions. Happy text-chatting :)

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  1. Thanks Bro, Ya When it was introduced it only sends Sms to few Providers But now we can send sms to Any Sim All across the world. Syed Faizan Ali Recently Posted Top 10 Most Popular Pakistani Bloggers And Blogs

    Mohammed Sir You Are My Personal Best in This Post :)

  2. Shit being the BSNL is the first network to provide the Mobile network but it is not in the list !

    Strange Google don't care about the Mobile Network BSNL !

  3. nice post.. but according to my information you can only send 50 messages.. but dont worry.. now a days my papers are going on... so on 15 May 2012 i am going to install free web2mobile sms service on my blog(which is ready but i need some more work like gathering best and decent sms).. you can check tool on Free web2mobile sms Service thanks

  4. Your message was not delivered. 3244102777 is on a mobile carrier that is not supported at this time.


  5. @Inam ullah
    well, check for the supported list of operators first

  6. Gr8 News for Indians also. Probably your website acts as a bridge between India and Pakistan. Thanx for gr8 tutorial.

  7. hmm, i have tried it before,,, and it is cool.. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing, but one can send free sms around the world, and message is delivered instantly, visit http://premium-area.blogspot.com/p/100-free-sms-worldwide.html

  10. gr8 tutorial :)
    GOOGLE is best.
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  11. Hello. I am in US and have an iphone so no problem on my end. I am looking for a way to text back and forth with an AirCel user in India. She does not have a data plan but has text. Is there a way that she can respond without incurring additional charges? There is something about AirCel Messenger but looks like it costs per message sent. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  12. My apologies, regarding post #14 it should be AirTel, not AirCel.
    Thanks again.

  13. I like Google's service but, this service is way better.
    If you want to this is the way to go http://smssheep.com

  14. Google is the best! I hope Google will add more great services.

  15. Does this service is also available in Nepal?


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  17. I think sending sms to Nepal using google is not possible. Sms to Nepal

  18. Hello Qasim Zaib,
    This blog very informative. Thanks for the share such very good information related sms. I also suggest you visit Timesinsms.com for the send unlimited free sms.

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  20. You can test the service offered in www.byfuss.com, is not SMS but seems cool for free messages worldwide.

  21. @Syed Faizan Ali

    The best way to get email on mobile via sms is to use 3rd party service called weekwill.com. it allows you to receive email notifications on mobile through SMS within seconds. I tried it and it works perfect for me.

  22. Thanks. This is a good idea by google. Thanks for sharing this post. Get free mobile balance. Working with all mobile networks in India. click this link

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  25. Nice trick! I tried it but I got failed always.

  26. Check this out guys to send FREE SMS to any mobile number

  27. Your message was not delivered. You have invited that number too many times..

    what does it means????? and how can i resolve this..anybody....

  28. Dear Qasim!

    Very nice review of Google free SMS service I’m going to give it a go.

    But, I found a site where its absolutely FREE, Please Share send free sms it works without without registration. It supports all the countries

  29. hello i now some good websites to send free sms worldwide


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  31. Try http://www.freeunlimitedsms.org/ for sending free sms in more than 200 countries.with quick delivery..

  32. I would like to send message to oman country number. It is not supporting all networks in oman country. Please review it to make possible to send sms to all operators in oman. it will be very useful for me.

  33. Thanks for post it's very helpful, sending sms by online and get replay with some credits is good.

  34. Here is more easy. free sms without any register Worldwide

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