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India,United States : FREE SMS Plunged on Gmail by Google.

Google has planned out new 'Free Sms' servie for free email service Gmail and paid email service Google Apps customers in India. The chat windows available with the users can be used to send free sms to mobile phones, they require to add mobile numbers of their contacts in the email address book and they are set.

A user can send Maximum 50 SMS per day, for which every sent is considered as one count. If a reply is received than it will add 5 credits to the user, ubject to the maximum level being 50 SMS at any given time.

The service will be initiated from this evening itself, though there is no official statement from Google on the launch of this service. Google is rolling out the service in partnership with cellular operators, which means they would share revenue with Google out of SMSes users on their network send. It specifies a way to buy more SMS credits. "You can always send an SMS to your own phone, and then reply to that message multiple times. Every time you send a reply message, your SMS credit is increased by five. Effectively, you're buying more messages by paying your phone company for these outgoing messages," it writes on its chat help portal.

Aircel, Idea, Loop Mobile, MTS, Reliance, Tata DoCoMo, Tata Indicom and some circles of Vodafone are the eight cellular operators in supporting service currently.

The reply which is received by user comes in chat window and the delivery of sms is also done from chat window. For the mobile phone user, the reply is charged at local SMS rate as per her/his normal billing plan.

If no replies are received to any of the 50 SMSes sent and the credit balance come down to zero, Google says, " will increase back up to one 24 hours later. So, you won't ever be locked out of the system."

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