Google today introduced SMSes to Indian mobile numbers right inside GMail. Users can now send SMSes using the Chat inside GMail and receive replies too.
With this update Google has pushed this service to 52 countries in total at the time of this writing.
In India the free Gmail SMS service is available on eight major mobile service operators: Aircel, Idea, Loop Mobile, MTS, Reliance, Tata DoCoMo, Tata indicom and Vodafone (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal & Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, North East).
Google’sÂ support pageÂ lists all mobile operators as available.
Users can send 50 SMSes on Mobile numbers, they’ve been given 50 credits to send SMSes, if you receive an SMS your credit increases by 5, but a reply to the message costs your INR 2.50, this has been designed to avoid spamming on their network. If the user runs out of credit, it will gradually increase, alternatively they can purchase credits.
In April,Â Google addedÂ SMS posting capabilities to its Google+ social network in India.
What do you think about this move? Is SMS already dying or will this help people?