Google launches Gmail to SMS in Saudi

Google has launched Gmail-to-SMS in Saudi Arabia, making it the first PC chat to cell text service in the country.

In partnership with Saudi TeleCom (STC), the service allows Gmail users in Saudi Arabia to send a text message from their desktops directly to a mobile phone via SMS. The phone user can then reply to the message which will be sent to the Gmail users interface.

To use the service, users must type the phone number of the person they are trying to contact into the new SMS box in Gmail and press send. Numbers can also be stored in the Gmail address book.

According to Google, the service will support all cellular networks in the country and charges will apply for any communication between a phone and PC, SMS Gmail chat is free from PC to phone.

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