Send Free SMS to India and Abroad From Yahoo! Messenger

If you are a Yahoo! Messenger user, you can send free SMS to your friends’ mobile phone, and receive their replies as well.

In India, you can send an SMS to Aircel, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, MTNL, Reliance India Mobile, BPL, Loop Mobile, Tata, Spice Punjab and Spice Karnataka mobile users.

To continue receiving SMS from you, the mobile user needs to reply to at least one of the three SMS sent by you from your Yahoo! Messenger. Each message can contain upto 143 characters.

You can also send SMS to the following countries and the respective operators’ mobile users:

Country Mobile Operators
Argentina Telecom Personal
Australia Vodafone, Telstra, Orange
Bolivia Entel Movil
Canada Rogers, Fido, Telus
Hong Kong Hutchison
Indonesia Telkomsel, Excelcom, Bakrie, Mobile8, Hutch3, Indosat
Kuwait Wataniya
Malaysia Celcom, Digi, Maxis, Tmtouch
Pakistan Mobilink
Philippines Smart, Globe Telecom, Sun Cellular
Singapore M1, Starhub
Thailand Dtac, AIS Thailand
United States AT&T, Cingular, Verizon, T-Mobile, Alltel, Nextel, Sprint, US Cellular, Virgin
Vietnam Mobifone, Viettel, Vinaphone, S-fone, HT Mobile, EVN

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If you receive a message on your phone from a user who you would like to ignore, reply to it with just the word “block” in your message.

The following commands are also possible from your mobile phone when you receive a message from Yahoo! Messenger.

SMS Message Commands from Your Cell Phone, to 58242

Function Text Message Command
Block a user block YahooID
Block everybody block all
Unblock a user unblock YahooID
Unblock everybody unblock all
Reset a user reset YahooID

Send the commands from your mobile phone to 58242. When you respond to messages sent from a PC to your mobile phone, use the Reply option on your phone, as you do in regular text messaging.

Illustration – Send SMS Text Message from Yahoo! Messenger

To send SMS from Yahoo messenger download the latest version of Yahoo! Messenger and follow the steps given below.

1. Open Yahoo Messenger window. In the menu, go to Actions -> Send an SMS Message…

2.  You can select an existing contact with a mobile number from My Contacts tab

3. Otherwise you can type in the mobile phone number in Other Contact tab. The number should be typed in International Telephone number format. That is, start with a + followed by country code, area code if any, and cell phone number. In India, it would be +91 followed by 10 digit mobile number.

4. You get a new SMS window, just like your regular Yahoo chat window. Type in your message, not more than 143 characters and hit Send.  You can send the message from any of your Yahoo profile identity.

In order to continue the conversation your friend need to reply to the message from his cell phone.

Reference: Yahoo! India Mobile

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