February 22, 2012

Mobilink brings Google Gmail SMS Chat Service

In collaboration with Google, Mobilink presents Gmail SMS; a free web-to-SMS service which enables Gmail user to send free SMS to any Mobilink subscriber in Pakistan via Gmail chat client.

This is Best for Overseas Pakistanis. Mobilink subscriber can also reply back to that SMS which will appear on Gmail user’s Gmail interface.

It is noteworthy that in order to initiate chat; first (1st) message has to be sent by a Gmail user via Gmail client on www.gmail.com.

This means that Mobilink subscriber cannot initiate chat himself with his Gmail contacts from mobile phone.

Spam Protection Policy & Quota System (as defined by Google) will be applicable to curb abuse of Gmail SMS service.

How To ?

Services Mechanism (Gmail User)
  • Log into Gmail account using web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome. In Chat and SMS text box (image enclosed), enter the number of Mobilink subscriber to send message and click on Send SMS.
  • In the dialog box, enter the name of message recipient in Contact Name text box; check the country name and mobile number (MSISDN) of mobile recipient (Mobilink subscriber) are correct. Once done, click Save as it will help to build contact list.
  • Type message in the chat window and hit Enter. Message will be sent to the mobile number entered.
  • To send message to already saved contact, type his name or number in Chat and SMS text box. Desired contact will be displayed below. Select it from the list and send message.
Services Mechanism (Mobilink Subscriber)
  • To respond to the message received from Gmail user, simply reply from mobile. Reply will appear on Gmail interface of Gmail user.
  • Mobilink subscriber can reply to the message received from Gmail user within 24 hours.
Service Charges:
  • SMS sent by Gmail users to Mobilink subscribers will be free of cost.
  • SMS sent by Mobilink subscribers to Gmail users will be charged @ Rs. 1+Tax/SMS.
  • No subscription is required to avail Gmail SMS service.
How to get Gmail or Google SMS Credit ?
    Gmail initially offers 50 Free SMS. Every time you send a SMS, your google sms credit decreases by 1 and every time you receive an SMS message in Chat (for example when a 'sms receiver' replies to your messages) your credit increases by five, up to a maximum of 50.
    Trick: Anyone can send an SMS to its own phone from Google, and then reply to that message to get 5 credits for each reply. This is legal, as you are buying credits by paying your phone company. If your SMS credit goes down to zero at any point, it will increase back up to one 24 hours later.
Commands for Mobilink Subscriber:

Mobilink subscriber can use below commands while chatting via Gmail SMS service through his mobile phone. Please note that these commands can be sent in response to SMS received from the Gmail user only.
  • HELP: Command can be used to get list of useful commands.
  • BLOCK: Command can be used to block messages from a specific Gmail user. This command should be sent in response to the SMS from that Gmail user whom you want to block.
  • UNBLOCK: Command can be used to un-block Gmail user. After the execution of this command, mobile subscriber will be able to receive messages from the Gmail user he has previously blocked Following commands can be sent at 2434000.
  • STOP: To block all messages from all Gmail users.
  • START: To enables receiving SMS messages from Gmail if you're currently blocking these.
This service is Best for Overseas Pakistanis to send free SMS to Pakistan.

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