Google launches Web-to-phone SMS service

Google has announced a service which would enable Gmail users to communicate with mobile phone subscribers on MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Visafone and Starcomms networks through Short Messaging Service (SMS).

At the launch of the service, Gmail Chat SMS, at Google’s G-Nigeria event in Lagos, Country Manager for Google Nigeria, Ms Juliet Ehimuan, said users can use Gmail Chat to communicate with all mobile phones and platforms, even if offline, as well as receive Google+ SMS notifications and post status updates via SMS for free.

She said by using Gmail SMS Chat, users can send text messages from their Personal Computers (PC) chat interface directly to mobile phone numbers via SMS. In return, the mobile phone users can reply by SMS and their responses will appear in the original sender’s Gmail Chat interface.

The G-Nigeria event brought together tech savvy entrepreneurs, developers and journalists who were trained on how to get the best from the Internet. Participants discussed the future of Web application development, as well as received training on Google’s products and online business skills.

Conference content included Google’s developer and business technologies, ranging from established products such as Google Maps and YouTube, to other Google innovations such as Trader SMS and Google+ SMS products.

Speaking at the event, Ms Ehimuan, said: “The conference is aimed at equipping developers and organisations in the country on relevant ways to make the most of the Web and broaden the range of technical skills relevant in today’s technology landscape.”

Source: The Nation

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