Updated: Hello Africa. Join SMS Chat in Gmail

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Remember we informed you that Nigeria had recently added new operators to the Gmail SMS Chat, well we decided to go on a wider scope to see what the continent looks like.

Gmail chat lets you easily send text messages to and from cell phones. If this feature isn’t already enabled on your account, you can enable it. Just Click the gear icon  in the upper-right and select Gmail settings, and select the Labs tab. Scroll down until you see Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat, select Enable and Save Changes. You may also enable a supplementary lab called SMS in Chat gadget. For now, SMS in Chat only works for sending messages to phones in certain countries.

Below is a list of supported mobile operators for SMS Chat in Gmail.

If you are a mobile phone company, and wish to integrate with the SMS feature of Gmail, feel free to drop a note at: mobile-operators-gmail-sms-integration@google.com. Please note that this is for mobile phone companies only and response will not be granted to individual requests.

List of African Countries o Gmail SMS chat:

  • Algeria: Nedjma
  • Angola: Unitel
  • Benin: ETISALAT Bénin
  • Cameroon: MTN, Orange
  • Congo, Democratic Republic: Vodacom
  • Côte d’Ivoire: MTN, Moov Cote d’Ivoire, Orange
  • Egypt: Mobinil
  • Ghana: Airtel, MTN, Tigo
  • Guinea: Orange
  • Kenya: Airtel, Orange, Safaricom, Yu
  • Liberia: Cellcom
  • Morocco: Inwi
  • Mozambique: Vodacom
  • Niger: Orange
  • Nigeria: Airtel, Glo, MTN, Starcomms, Visafone
  • Senegal: Orange, Tigo
  • Sierra Leone: Comium
  • South Africa: 8ta, MTN
  • Tanzania: Vodacom, Tigo
  • Tunisia: Orange, Tunisiana
  • Uganda: Orange, MTN, Uganda Telecom
  • Zambia: Airtel, MTN, Zamtell

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