With disbelief I kept logging in and out. Nope, the send SMS option is still not showing up. I chatted a friend of mine up immediately. “Did you lose SMS capabilities in Gmail?”. He said he didn’t use that feature at all. Myself on the other hand, I use it all day every day!
If your a gmail user, you may have known that you could send text messages to peoples cell phones right from your browser. There are many other services, but I am logged into 3 gmail accounts all day every day so the inherent feature was priceless. Not everyone has a smartphone. And not every message needs to be a saved email.
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Unfortunately, the gmail sms chat is no longer. I am left to try alternatives or have another tab open with google voice. You can still send texts with a google service, google voice. Having a gmail account allows you to have a new phone number. This new phone number can be forwarded to another number, such as your cell or home phone. This can be very useful for those wishing to keep a number private, but utilize it for a public service.
Check out google voice if you miss this feature as much as I do. I do still love google, but I am upset that they hurt my productivity, just a lil bit….