Updated: Google: Special Treatment to Palestine The Only Country in the World that has Free Gmail SMS After US!?

11 Mar, 2010

Update: as per our suspicion it turned out that “Israel” and Ghana have the service too.

Google has a neat gmail feature that lets user to send free text messages (SMS) to their friends directly from your Gmail account that works the same way gtalk works. Gmail SMS service was originally launched only for US mobile numbers in 2008. But now it has been available in Palestine for free via the palestinian mobile operator Jawwal (now owned by Zain) . Google verifies Palestine as the “Palestinian territories” which to them is West Bank and Gaza.

We do not know why Palestine from all the world’s countries? we will ask google now and let you know. Update: it turned out that “Israel” and Ghana have the service too, but palestine is the only Arab country that has the service

Google recognized Palestinian people in west bank, when it launched last year google.PS special domain for Palestine as ArabCrunch broke.

#Thanks to Ibrahem Eljabour for the tip.

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  1. Ghassan Yonis  |  March 11th, 2010 at 11:55 AM #

    Just to make sure everything clear. Is that via israeli company, or even israel don’t have it?

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  March 11th, 2010 at 12:13 PM #

    It is via Jawwal the palestinian mobile operator and not via anyone else, i was told that it is enabled in “Israel” and Ghana but there is no proof so until Google Verifies.

  3. Fadi  |  March 11th, 2010 at 4:06 PM #

    It works in Israel for Orange and Pelephone only.
    But the Service is not totally free as in USA, it is like the ICQ.
    You have an initial balance of 50 SMS
    each reply gives you 5 SMS
    if your balance is Zero for 24 Hours you got 1 free SMS
    you can buy SMS if you want more.

  4. Tech update: Palestine only Arab country with free Google SMS service - News  |  March 11th, 2010 at 5:02 PM #

    […] cooperation with the Palestinian mobile service Jawwal (now owned by Kuwaiti telecom company Zain), Arab Crunch […]

  5. jmizi  |  March 11th, 2010 at 6:30 PM #

    Naaar! I’m here in Palestine and noticed the new sms service… didn’t know it was special for palestine though. But why Ghana?

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