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Google's Gmail is one of the more fully featured webmail accounts available, and the price of free usually fits well into everybody's budget. One of the most incredible functions of Gmail is how easily it integrates with mobile devices, and not just the usual suspects like the iPhone or Google's own Android phone software.

The latest addition is the ability to send free SMS ("text") messages to other phones via the Google Chat window. Here's how to use it:

  1. Log into your Google account.

  2. Click on the Labs icon in the top-right corner of the page (it looks like a laboratory flask).

  3. Scroll down to the Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat option and click Enable.

  4. Return to your main Gmail page and put your cursor on a contact from your Chat list.

  5. Mouse over to the Video and More menu, click it, and select Send SMS.

  6. Enter your contact's phone number and click Save.

  7. Enter your message and press Enter.

Keep in mind that this isn't free chat — your recipient may be charged for the text messages. But the integration with a popular mail account service makes Gmail even more attractive.

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Levine is the president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and worked to bring the internet to underserved parts of the world as a trustee of The Internet Society.

Alison Barrows is the author or coauthor of several books about Access, Windows, and the Internet. Joseph Stockman is an 18-year software designer who has authored or coauthored five Access programming books. Allen Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of over 20 books.

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