You can now send and receive Gmail via SMS

Gmail users in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria can now send and receive emails as SMS messages using mobile phones, regardless of whether or not your phone has an internet connection.

“The Gmail team at Google puts in a lot effort to make sure messages are delivered as soon as you hit “send”. However, sometimes barriers arise between you and your email. What if you’re not by a computer? Or your phone is not connected to the internet? Or the internet is down or too slow, so that emails just won’t load?,” states Google’s official Africa blog.

Gmail SMS automatically forwards your emails as SMS text messages to your phone and you can respond by replying to the SMS. You can control the emails received by replying with commands such as more, pause and resume. Additionally, compose a new email as an SMS and send to any email address recipient – who will find your message in the right email conversation thread.

Receiving Gmail SMS is free of charge. Standard SMS rates apply when replying to messages, creating new messages and sending Gmail SMS commands from your phone.

See instructions on how to set up your phone for Gmail SMS.

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