8∙ta launches Gmail text messages


South African Mobile operator 8∙ta and search engine giant Google, yesterday announced a collaboration between the two companies that would allow users send SMS chat messages via Gmail.

Amith Maharaj, Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile (image: Telkom)

“With SMS in Chat, a Gmail user can send a text message from the desktop interface directly to phones via SMS. In return, these contacts may respond to these text messages and the response will appear in the original sender’s Gmail interface,” 8∙ta said in a statement.

According to 8ta Senior Managing Executive Amith Maharaj, the service is a great way for their customers to stay in contact.

“The launch of SMS in Gmail Chat is yet another way of demonstrating 8.ta’s dedication to bringing valuable services that matter to our customers.”

“We are pleased to work with 8∙ta to offer the Gmail SMS Chat service to 8∙ta customers,” Luke McKend, Google South Africa country manager, added.

How the service works:

Users type in a phone number into the new SMS box in Gmail and the message is sent off. In addition, contact phone numbers can be stored within the Gmail address book allowing immediate access. To respond to messages you do not need access to a PC. You can send an SMS  directly from your phone to a contact’s Gmail Chat window.

For further information, visit http://www.8ta.com/services/messaging/

Charlie Fripp – Online editor