Google SMS Channels

Google SMS Channels

Google SMS Channels is a service that enables channels/groups on SMS for Indian mobile subscribers having gmail account.
You can also create SMS channels to communicate with your friends, family, and co-workers.When you post a message to your channel, all the members of your channel get the message forwarded for free !

You don't pay anything to send or receive messages using Google SMS Channels.
SMS tariff charges may apply when you configure the service or publish to a channel using a mobile phone.

Go to http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels
and create an SMS channel using your gmail account and mobile!

Almost everything that you can do on the website
can be done over SMS. Detailed below is the list of SMS commands and what they do.

Google Cell phone No.
to which all these SMS are to be sent is

How do I create SMS Channel?
to create your own channel, send this SMS to 9870807070
create <channel_name> <description>
for example
create ManeSamjau6k record what life taught you today! a gujrati-twitter to share invaluable lassons of life, as and when you learn!

How do I / others start receiving messages from SMS Channel / join a channel?

send this sms to 9870807070.
on <channel_name>
for example,
on manesamjau6k

How do I / others start sending messages to SMS Channel?

To send SMS to channel so that it can be forwarded to all members, send SMS in this format:

send <channel_name> <message>
for example
send manesamjayu6k good morning!

How do I change message sending permission?
by default, any member can send message to the channel. to change use this command:

modify <channel_name> pubsend
Allow any subscriber to publish to the channel

modify <channel_name> prisend
Allow only the owner to publish to the channel

How do I invite others to join a channel?

send this SMS to 9870807070:

invite <channel_name> <phone_number>
for example
invite manesamjau6k 94270*****

How many SMS can I receive per day?

By default, you will receive maximum 10 messages each day.
You can increase this limit, by sending this SMS to 9870807070.
set max 25

Set command can be used to set the following preferences
name - sets the nickname
max - the maximum number of messages you want to receive in a day
start - time of day when you want to start receiving messages
end - time of day when you want to stop receiving messages
Users can set multiple preferences at a time by specifying preference name and preference value one after other.

How can I cancel my membership in a channel?

send this sms [ in 2 lines to ensure whole name of channel is intact!] to 9870807070.
off <channel_name>
for example,

How can I report abuse or spam in a channel?

You can report abuse Online by clicking the 'report as inappropriate' button next to a channel.
You can also report violation of policy by simply replying 'flag <channel name>' via SMS to a message you received from the channel.

other commands:
help <channel_name>
Get information about a channel
help <command>
See list of important supported commands
How do I find channels?
To search using your phone, SMS 'SEARCH <keyword(s)>' to 9870807070.

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