Google has extended its free SMS chat service to India, whereby users can send text messages to mobile phones via Gmail Chat.
“You can send SMS messages to your contacts’ mobile phones using Gmail Chat … Google does not charge for using this service,” according to information available with Google’s website.
The SMS service is available in India and 51 other countries in Asia, Africa and North America.
The feature was activated for Indian users on October 10 and is available for regular Gmail users as well as those on Google Apps.
As per Google’s website, this feature is available on all the mobile operators in the country.
The company said in order to send an SMS, users would have to add phone number to their contact list.