Google Adds SMS Messaging to Gmail Chat
So, how does it work? Well, first of all it's a Google Labs feature. Unlike Mail Goggles, we like this one. Go into your Gmail Settings, then Labs, and enable the functionality (most will not see this feature yet, at the time of this writing). Go into chat, type in a phone number, and you'll see an SMS option. Once you send an SMS message, you will have a 406 area code number permanently associated with your Gmail account.
Your friends can then text you back and initiate SMS chats at that number --- forever.
Beautiful, we say, because the more Google adds to Gmail, the more it becomes an all-in-one centralized location for all Internet communications. Oh, wait! Maybe that's what they intend? Heh.