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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Google India Launched ‘SMS Channel’ To Receive FREE Updates on News Of Your Interest via SMS

Google has recently launched its new service to India called Google SMS Channels. It enables channels/groups on SMS. It's a free service that enables you to get premium content published by Google publishing partners, Google popular products (Google News, Blogger and Google Groups) and websites with RSS/Atom support for FREE.

SMS Channels allows you to create your own channel(s) to publish content that other users can subscribe to. You can also create groups over SMS to communicate with your friends, family, and co-workers.


As mentioned, this is a FREE service and you don't pay anything to send or receive messages using Google SMS Channels. When you post a message to your channel, all the members of your channel get the message forwarded for free. SMS tariff charges may apply when you configure the service or publish to a channel using a mobile phone.

You can use the service by going to the Google SMS Channels site or via your mobile phone. On the web you can sign up using your Google account. You'll need to input your phone number while signing up. A verification code will be sent to you via SMS to your phone. You'll need to input the verification code you received to complete the sign up process.

On SMS you can just send ACCEPT to 9870807070 to sign up for the service.

The website as well as SMS commands on the phone allow you to configure settings, create and subscribe to channels and even view past messages on a channel. Almost everything that you can do on the website can be done over SMS. Detailed in the table below is the list of SMS commands and what they do. Click on image to enlarge it.


For details on Google SMS Channel, check out these FAQs.

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