Benefits of a Gmail Account

Hey, I am starting to appreciate Gmail account lately and I just want to share some of my recent discoveries. I think Gmail is quite underrated because it has many services that are not available to Yahoomail. Here are some of the things I tried doing via Gmail. You may want to try them too:
Send Free Text Messages: This new service called Gmail-to-SMS, allows Filipinos to send and receive text messages to any mobile number in the Philippines (works for Globe, Smart and Sun numbers).
Compared to Chikka, sending SMS thru Gmail is faster and easier since you don't need to download anything or register; no need to supply username and password too. You only need to type in your name, the mobile number of the recipient and the message thru a Gmail chat window.
Sending a reply to a message sent via Gmail will cost Php2.00, cheaper than Chikka which charges Php2.50. One can send up to 50 text messages per mobile number. If there is no reply to your messages, the text allocation will be reduced until it reaches zero. An additional 1 free text is added every 24 hours and you also get to replenish your free text allocation. Every time you get a reply to your SMS from Gmail, you get 5 extra free texts.
Forward Messages from Gmail to Yahoo or other Email account: Managing two email accounts can be difficult sometimes so it's nice that Gmail allows their users to forward messages to another email account.
A friend said that Yahoo also offers the same service but it is not free. Well, Gmail offers it for free and if you want to try it, here's how:
  1. Go to the Mail Settings of your Gmail account.
  2. Click the tab for Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  3. Click the Add a Forwarding Address tab.
  4. Then enter the email address where you want your Gmails to be forwarded
  5. A verification link will be sent to the email address specified.


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