Published on February 21st, 2012 | by Babar Bhatti4
Send SMS via Gmail to Mobilink Subscribers – Best for Overseas Pakistanis
Here’s an interesting service for overseas Pakistanis. One can send free SMS from Gmail SMS service to any Mobilink number. The recipient can reply back (not free) and reply appears in the gmail chat/sms window. Even though there are other services available, they are clumsy, unreliable and full of nasty ads. Read below to get a few tips about how it works and how to set it up.
Why is Mobilink offering this? At Rs.1+tax, this is a nice value-added service (VAS) which can add up to a decent revenue stream. As you can guess, this kind of chat usually results in many paid text messages. Gmail users are subject to a sms quota, which increases every time a paid sms is received and points to a revenue share mechanism for Google. I’m sure smart users will figure out ways to minimize their expense while making the most of this service.
Expect other telcos to follow suit and offer more unified communications services.
Not all gmail accounts have sms service enabled. Go to the mail settings (instructions) and enable SMS from the Lab.
There are a number of details, terms and conditions and settings (such as blocking/unblocking) of this service which can be viewed at Mobilink site.
More info on how to use the service is available at: http://www.jazzjazba.com/such-services/gmail-sms/