Gmail: Now with SMS

Ainsley Jones

Google Gmail users now have access to SMS messaging on the Web-based e-mail service.


The INQUIRER reports the new feature is available through Gmail Labs, which is accessible via a tab on Gmail's settings page. Users can send messages by entering an SMS-enabled phone number into the chat window which prompts a "Send SMS" popup menu. What makes the feature unique, according to InformationWeek, is the Gmail user is assigned a pseudo-phone number which allows the receiver of the SMS message to communicate with the sender at a later time.


SMS messaging is the latest of seven features released by Gmail labs this month. In addition to SMS messaging, Gmail users gained access to Gmail Gadets, emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, Canned Responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls and Mail Goggles.

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