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Gmail has introduced a new Labs feature that allows users to send SMS text messaages to their contacts directly from Gmail. This will help stay in touch with people you have been chatting with in Gmail if they are away from their computer.

To utilize this feature:

1. Click on Settings
2. Got to the Labs tab
3. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat"
4. Select Enable
5. Save Changes

Once you have it added, you can type a phone number into the search box in the chat window on the left, then select "Send SMS." After that, you can begin chatting via SMS.

Numbers are saved in your contacts, so you don’t have to worry about providing the number every time. You can simply type their name, just as if you were going to send an email, and it will bring up their number. Product Manager Leo Dirac talks a bit more about it at the Gmail Blog:

On the receiving end, when you get a text message from Gmail on your phone, it will come from a number in the 406 area code. (The l33t folks in the crowd will note that this spells G0O.) You can reply to this text on your phone just like you’d reply to any other text. The reply gets routed back to our Gmail servers and shows up in your friend’s Gmail chat window. Each of your friends’ messages will come from a different 406 number so you can reply to any message and it will get back to the right person. Messages from the same person will always come from the same number, so you can even bookmark it in your phone.

If you get a message from somebody you don’t want to chat with from your phone, just reply with the word BLOCK. If you don’t want to get texts from anybody using Gmail, reply with the word STOP and we’ll leave you alone. Keep in mind that all these text messages count as part of your regular mobile messaging plan and might incur fees. So unless you know your friends have unlimited text message plans, please be sensitive to their phone bills.

Back in late October, the Gmail team experienced some hiccups when they initially tried to roll out the SMS chat feature, and had to pull it from use. Now that it’s back and presumably bug-free, or at least bug-reduced, it is sure to be a popular addition to Gmail, which has been very consistent with providing new features lately.

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    This is gonna save me loads of cash!

    I can however see a new form of abuse forming. Will not be long before the bots are reprogrammed to blast text spam to compromised accounts! While us reading this know what to do to stop receiving the messages, there is gonna be a tonne of people who do not read stuff then moan!

    • Chris Crum

      Doesn’t sound too far-fetched unfortunately.

    • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

      Is it? Because of text spamming, I’ve blocked all text messages from all internet sources.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    There seems to me a little catch to this arrangement….
    when google has your cellphone number they & 3rd party’s approved by them… will probable also be sending you special offers straight to your cell phone (spam straight to your sms ) just what we all need like an extra hole it the head!

  • Ho Yew Khet

    I had an errection… until I found out that this SMS thing… only works in US for now… *bleh****

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    yah.its nice blog………………i like it .gr8 effort

  • http://www.seovisions.com SEO Company

    Thankyou for pointing this feature out, I had yet to notice that this was there.

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