Yahoo Mail Classic Gets Chatty

Offers Yahoo Messenger Chat and SMS Text Messaging

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Yahoo announced that it now offers an SMS chat feature in its classic version of Yahoo Mail, something Gmail has been offering for several months, and Yahoo has been doing in its newer version since 2007.

Google has offered SMS in its chat since October, and Chat in general for quite some time. They have also launched voice and video chat recently.

Anyhow, with Yahoo’s chat you can communicate with other people using Yahoo as well as mobile phones. Product Manager Brandon Savage writes:

How does it work, you ask? Well, when you sign into your Yahoo! Mail Classic account, your Chat & Mobile Text contact list will appear on the left of your screen (you can place it above or below your personal folders, whichever you prefer). If your status says “Offline,” just click on it and select “Available” to sign in (fair warning to Yahoo! Messenger users: signing in here will log you out elsewhere). Once you do, you’ll see a list of all of your Contacts who are online and available to chat. We also show you the names of any Contacts with mobile phone numbers, for mobile texting, of course. Just click on a name to start a conversation!

Mobile Text from Yahoo! Mail Classic

The competition between Yahoo and Google in email certainly does seem to be heating up lately. Back in the summer, Yahoo unveiled its offline email client, which Google has just gotten around to. It will be interesting to see what the market share looks like later in th year.

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  • Vy

    Hello. I’m using Yahoo!Classic, but I don’t see any contact list …
    Can you tell me how to enable chat in my mailbox? Thank you.

  • Guest

    How do you DISABLE it PERMANENTLY?

  • Krupa

    I close the chat feature from yahoo mail classis but now i want add that feature on my account will anybody help me how can i use it now?

  • Encar

    I remember a box prompting me about this chat & text box in my yahoo mail but unfortunately..my hands are snappier than my brain and hit the “no thanks” button that I am now regretting fully. Is there any way I can have that again? If so, can you kindly show me how?

    Would really appreciate your help.


  • Steve

    If you’re using Firefox, go to the “TOOLS” menu, click on “OPTIONS” then uncheck the box marked “Enable JavaScript”. This app uses java scripting to run. If you don’t enable JavaScript, it can’t run. Works fine for me and it gets rid of many ads I don’t look at anyway.

  • http://stellaqizoe.blogspot.com/ stellaqizoe

    Yahoo! Mail started rolling out integrated IM and SMS to their Yahoo! Mail Classic users worldwide. Already a popular feature in the new Yahoo! Mail,

  • muskan

    i want to use my yahoo classic mail.but i cant access my chat nd mobile text….suddenly it hide .and the box is nt showing there.i was using it but now i want it back in my yahoo classic mail.plz help…

  • Frustrated and Pissed

    This forum says all anyone needs to know about this train wreck, called yahoo chat in classic email


    • Frustrated and Pissed

      I forgot to mention… Gmail was smart about this and lets you use their HTML format only, so if you do not desire all of this crap going on in your email account, you can completely opt out.

      Yahoo? nope.

      Goodbye yahoo… hello Gmail!

  • http://www.theadwordshelper.com Andrew Devore

    does anyone notice that yahoo chat inside classic no longer works. it just stopped working for me one day. I like classic and want to chat their. How do i turn it back on?

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