Google Labs SMS Channels – Amazing free service for Indians

Hey buddies, I am back after being off the buddy NEWS for a little while and I am here with some goodies.

Google Labs, known for coming out with innovative ideas and helpful services has done it yet again. And this service is something that would prove to be very interesting too. Though these days most of the Indians carry high end phones with GPRS/Edge and stay connected to the world through internet, that does not help one being alert and always informed about everything. This is where Google Labs’ new service, Google SMS Channels scores it.

SMSChannelsLabsLogo Google Labs SMS Channels   Amazing free service for IndiansWhat is SMS Channels?

A free service available, only for Indian Mobile subscribers right now, enables one to subscribe to Google channels and get updates on various services like blogger, reader or any RSS feed. There are quite a few channels available at present giving updates about NEWS, weather, sports, tech trends, fashion, etc. And the number of Channels are growing everyday. Check out the latest list of popular SMS Channels.

What is a channel, exactly?

A channel is just like a magazine which you can subscribe to and get the content on your mobile. The content can be subscribed by the channel owner or also by all the subscribers based on the channel settings. A channel generally fetches information from Google services like groups, reader, mails and also from any type of RSS feed.


As a subscriber you can subscribe to channels and that’s not all, you can create your own channels and invite others.

eWebBuddy now has its own channel which will keep you updated of all the posts that come of ewebbuddy blog. Subscribe to the service today and make sure you do not miss a post again!

Update: Check out the latest list of popular SMS Channels.

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How to subscribe to channels?

You can search for channels in the channel directory of Google. Also there are several editor picked channels which google recommends based on their content.

To subscribe you will have to set a nickname online and then register your mobile number. On registering, you will recieve a verification code which is required to be entered along with accepting google’s term and conditions.

You can also register for the same through SMS. Following are the instructions from Google:

On SMS you can just send REGISTER to 9870807070 to sign up for the service. You will receive a reply ‘You’ve accepted the Terms of Service at http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/termsofuse. To subscribe, reply  ON channel name. eg. ON  GoogleNews. For more commands reply HELP’

There are several other commands which will help you to subscribe/unsubscribe to google channels. For the full list of commands available, sms HELP to 9870807070.

For more details and queries on the service, click here!

Update: Check out the latest list of popular SMS Channels.

eWebBuddy’s SMS Channel

As I mentioned earlier, now eWebBuddy has its own SMS Channel. Subscribe to it today and get regular updates. And what more, you can unsubcribe any moment, so what there to loose? icon smile Google Labs SMS Channels   Amazing free service for Indians

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Written by Piyush Agarwal

Piyush Agarwal a.k.a OnlyYoursPiyu is a part-time freelance webdesigner who loves to play with design and the web around. You can check out his designs on TechnixDesigns. He is also into Theatre and Photography.

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33 Responses to Google Labs SMS Channels – Amazing free service for Indians

  1. Smriti says:

    Hi,
    Its indeed a good welcome back to your blogs.
    A lot of good info and yes, a lot of points where I can bugg you for more info and understanding.
    Your interest in this area seems quite a lot, and its gud to see you zeal just growing and growing.
    Hope to get some more techie updates from you and be patient with all my queries.
    Lov n luck,
    Smriitii

  2. satyanarayana says:

    i want it job alerts

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      Hello Satyanarayana,

      There are quite a few sms channels which provide you information about IT job openings. Please choose one of them. eWebBuddy does not provide the particular service.

      Piyush

  3. ghanshyam bokolia says:

    hi how are u

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      @ghanshyam – I am good. Thank you. Hope you like to read the posts on ewebbuddy. We will have more updates soon.

  4. [...] all via SMS! So you are not aware, you say? First to understand what Google SMS Channels are: click here where I explain what it is all [...]

  5. shrikrishna Joshi says:

    Send me free sms daily related to good thoughts,inpiration,motivational,happy, mood,good morning etc

  6. sivalingakumar says:

    i recently known a matter that is google send sms to our phone about news and so on if we register our cell number is google channel. pease send answer to my e-mail. my email is:sivalingakumar_a@ymail.com

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      Hello Siva,

      Yes, there are several channels now that provide you information via SMS. All you have to do is to subscribe to the channel which is a free service and you will start getting all the updates.

  7. venugopal says:

    Hi buddy..i need job alerts

  8. prapoorna says:

    hi,
    i would like to know how to increase my business by this sms channel and how to increase the users

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      @Prapoorna – Google SMS channel is good way of promoting your business. Its similar to the bulk messages you get from various services. What makes it different from other SMS services is that people need to subscribe to them. You cannot send out SMS through this service to ppl who are not subscribed. So you can promote your SMS channel and also show value to people who subscribe like special offers for Subscribers. Also, you can promote your own services with latest offers and stuff to your SMS subscribers.

  9. Annop says:

    i have started a new google channel. can you help me increasing the no. of users for the channel by promoting it through your channels. My channel name is Words_A_Day. link for the channel is
    http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/Words_A_Day

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      @Annop – Sure, do share good stuff daily. Quite frankly, the subscribers will gradually increase if you provide interesting & useful msgs everyday.

  10. Magson Fernandes says:

    Thanks for sharing this article i have created a new channel and can you promote my channel through your channels my channel name is InternetHackingTricks and link is http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/InternetHackingTricks
    Magson Fernandes´s last blog post ..Free Aircel GPRS Trick 2010

  11. parveen says:

    MY 2 SMS CHANNELS GET BLOCKED IN 2 DAYS WHAT SHOULD I DO

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      Generally SMS Channels are not blocked if you are following their rules and regulations. If you are not using the channels to promote improper media or spamming people, it will lead to blocking.
      Find out why your channels were blocked and avoid the same.

  12. jaspreet singh says:

    nice blog…………….

  13. Gurunathan.s says:

    i have started a new google channel. can you help me increasing the no. of users for the channel by promoting it through your channels. My channel name is Words_A_Day. link for the channel is

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      @Gurunathan – Thank you for telling us about your google channel. Will definitely look it up and add to the list. Keep the words coming.. :)

  14. sridevi says:

    hi..piyush..
    can i integrate this feature in my website…
    (can i send sms from my website..??,like remind users of their events daily at some particular time..!!!).

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      As far as I know you cannot integrate it on your website as in put the form there. But you can definitely start a channel for your site and then sent SMS to your subscribers from Google’s panel.

  15. National Federation of Indian Railwaymen says:

    Dear Piyush,

    We have created the channel http://labs.google.co.in/smschannels/subscribe/NFIRINDIA but when we are sending the messages to be received by SMS to our subscribers, the same are not being received by them. Can you please help out. Thank you.

    Regards

    Central Media Cell
    NFIR

    • Piyush Agarwal says:

      Hello, I noticed that you have sent just one SMS using the platform till now and about 22 members are registered. Please note that you will have to use the online platform to send SMS to all the subscribers and the SMS might not be received immediately. Mostly it takes some time for the SMS to be sent to subscribers. Specially if you plan to send more than 2 SMS per day. In case you still face issues, let me know and I will try to probe in further.

  16. mani says:

    dear sir,
    i have reliance cdma network(mumbai) & my number is not registering on google sms channel. plz help me.

  17. hariom says:

    sir m hariom karib 1 sal ho gya mere sara kuch kar liya par daily sms aate wo nahi aa rahe so plz sir activate kaise karna wo btado ya aap kardo mujhe 10 sms chahiye

  18. hariom says:

    sir, m hariom mera no.828527044 es no. Par ya to aap mujhe btado ki sms channel kaise activate karna h ya kardo plz

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