Now that gmail SMS is here...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SouthernMac, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. SouthernMac macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Can this be used as a total replacement to At&t's SMS? Would it be under the rules for Google to develop an SMS app?
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    From what I understand, it's just a way to send a text message to a friend's phone from the gmail chat sidebar. Whoever you send a text to will still incur text charges if they don't have unlimited text.
  3. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    Does AT&T charge customers for receiving text messages?
  4. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    Yes they do.
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Paying to receive calls/SMS is ridiculous. One of the things I hated the most about the US/Canadian mobile phone system. That, and local area codes for mobile phones - they're MOBILE phones, not local phones. Same rate, wherever you are in the country, every mobile phone has the same area code so you know you're calling a mobile and that you'll pay more to do so.

    Paying for receiving is bad.
  6. daihard macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    You have a very good point. I never thought twice about having a local area code for my mobile phone number. Japan is like Australia. They have mobile-specific area codes that look totally different than those of the land phones. And they don't have to pay to receive calls/texts.
  7. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Now that pretty much everyone has a mobile phone, you don't really see a difference in the cost of a call. It costs me no more to call someone in California as it does to call my friend down the street.

    I guess I could accept not being charged for receiving calls, but whatever.

    I certainly didn't like being charged differently to call a mobile. I was in Finland and had met a girl one night. Decided to call her the next day. Had no idea that calling a mobile cost MUCH more than calling a landline, and I got slapped with a monsterous bill from the hotel (I did not have a mobile at that time). Not knowing the customs of another country can hurt!
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    When I moved in Canada I had to change my mobile number so that I didn't get charged long-distance if I called someone next door.

    It's a mobile phone, not a cordless home phone with a long range.

    I also had to tell people not to ring or message me on my birthday because I couldn't afford the incoming international charges. What a joke of a system.

    Does gmail SMS work internationally or only within the us?
  9. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    In New York, we had a mobile-specific area code for a couple years, but federal law was passed that made that open to landlines and future mobile-only area codes won't be issued, at least as they were before. It was tied to a carrier or specific carriers and that was deemed to be wrongful.
  10. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I think right now it's only in the US.
  11. Ish macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    I'd never heard of local area codes for mobile phones. It's only a few months too since I heard of paying to receive calls/messages. Since I've been posting on this forum in fact. What with that and 3G just rolling out in some fairly major places it seems sort of . . . er . . . quaint.

    In the UK mobile phone numbers begin with 07 and you don't pay to receive calls.
  12. PowerFullMac macrumors 601


    Oct 16, 2006
    Nope, I got it here in the UK, too.

    EDIT: Actually, no, it comes up but it only works to US phones, you can get free international texting like this from the UK though :D
  13. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    The lack of mobile specific area codes allow us to take our phone numbers from a landline phone to a cell phone, and I appreciate that I could do that.
  14. jmmo20 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2006
    Yes but.. what if you move to a different city or state?

    While I do agree with you in that being able to port your number from a landline to a mobile line is good, that's pretty much the only advantage I can think of for the US mobile numbering scheme. And I can think of a lot of disadvantages!
  15. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
  16. KidStallyn macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2008
    I just send txts to my friends via email. They all have unlimited txt plans, and I have the stupid $4.99 for 200 txts. Don't cost me or them anything extra especially since we get unlimited data transfer..
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    But area code and rate plans aren't related. I have a Virginia area code on my phone, but my plan is nation-wide. So when I call my friend in California with my iPhone from inside Virginia or from inside California, it's all the same.

    So why does it matter what the first 3 digits are? They can set the plans up however they like. The area code has nothing to do with it.
  18. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    Only if you have desirable starting digits. 201 and 212 have waiting lists sometimes for mobile numbers.
  19. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Regardless of whether Google COULD do it, I doubt they WOULD do it.

    The major incentive to send SMS via GChat is that your eyeballs stay on Gmail and it's various ads. And it just keeps you tied to google and their services.

    I don't know that there's a huge incentive to google to allow people to gchat instead of sms via the iPhone. Not to mention the fact that they'd have to find a way to run it in the background, since most people don't keep their phone open to SMS all day.
  20. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    That sucks.
  21. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Same here! I've never seen this anywhere else in the world. While traveling through the US for two months I had to keep buying pre-paid value just to be reachable. You just have to pay per minute when you receive any incoming call...

    On the other hand, Australia is pretty expensive as well :) If I compare it to here; I have now a mobile sim-only plan for € 11,- a month which gives me 300 minutes free call time + 100 sms messages per month. And what I don't use in one month I can use it the next month. I found the Aussie pre-paid plans quite expensive compared to the Dutch plans...
  22. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    You can add an SMS Lab to your Gmail web page, and then put in a phone # and message and send a SMS to a phone from Gmail.
  23. S Brake macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    Depends on who you talk to...That was dirty;)
  24. nimda0 macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2008
    I must be missing something.... because I don't really see the purpose of this.
  25. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    OK, this is really simple. Say you are sitting in front of a desktop and you also have you iPhone in front of you too. You want to send a text message to Joe Schmoe, but don't want to be charged for sending one (or use up a text message if you are on a limited plan). So, to get around this, you go onto Google SMS on your desktop and send it from there instead. That's it.

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