Sending SMS from Gmail - Not in Canada!

Sending SMS from Gmail - Not in Canada!Canada remains a digital ghetto. It's always been this way and it's only gotten worse.

The latest evidence comes from Gmail where they now allow you to send text messages to cell phones via their handy Google Chat client, which is also built into Gmail. Unfortunately, not all carriers support this, and a visit to the supported mobile operators page leaves this Canadian feeling glum.

  • Afghanistan
    Afghan Wireless Communication Company
    Etisalat
    Roshan
  • Algeria
    Nedjma
  • Angola
    Movicel telecomunicações, SA.
    Unitel
  • Bahrain
    Viva
    Zain
  • Bangladesh
    Airtel
    Banglalink
    Citycell
  • Benin
    ETISALAT Bénin
  • Botswana
    Orange
  • Cambodia
    Cell Card
    Smart
  • Cameroon
    MTN
    Orange
  • Congo, Democratic Republic
    Airtel
    Vodacom
  • Côte d'Ivoire
    MTN
    Moov Cote d’Ivoire
    Orange
  • Egypt
    Mobinil
  • Ghana
    Airtel
    MTN
    Tigo
    Vodafone
  • Guam
    iConnect Buddy
  • Guinea
    Cellcom Guinea
    Orange
  • India
    All mobile operators
  • Indonesia
    AHA
    Axis
    Esia
    Indosat
    Telkomsel
    Tri
    XL
  • Iraq
    Omnea
    Zain
  • Israel
    orange
    Pelephone
  • Jordan
    Orange
    Umniah
    Zain
  • Kazakhstan
    Beeline
    Kcell
  • Kenya
    Airtel
    orange
    Safaricom
    Yu
  • Kuwait
    Viva
    Wataniya
    Zain
  • Kyrgystan
    Megacom
  • Lao
    ETL PUBLIC COMPANY
  • Liberia
    Cellcom
    Lonestar Cell MTN
  • Madagascar
    Airtel
    Telma
  • Malawi
    Airtel
    TNM
  • Malaysia
    Celcom
    DiGi
    Maxis
  • Maldives
    Dhiraagu
    Wataniya
  • Morocco
    inwi
  • Mozambique
    mcel
    Vodacom
  • Niger
    Airtel
    Moov
    Orange
  • Nigeria
    Airtel
    Glo
    Etisalat
    MTN
    Starcomms
    Visafone
  • Pakistan
    Mobilink
    Telenor
    Ufone
    Warid
  • Palestinian Territories
    Jawwal
    Wataniya Mobile
  • Philippines
    Globe
    SMART
    Sun Cellular
  • Saudi Arabia
    Mobily
    STC
    Zain
  • Senegal
    orange
    Tigo
  • Seychelles
    Airtel
  • Sierra Leone
    Airtel
    Comium
  • Somalia
    Somtel
    Telesom
  • South Africa
    8ta
    MTN
  • Sri Lanka
    Dialog
    Etisalat
    Mobitel
  • Tanzania
    Vodacom
    Tigo
  • Thailand
    dtac
    True Move
  • Togo
    Moov Togo
  • Tunisia
    Orange
    Tunisiana
  • Uganda
    Orange
    MTN
    Uganda Telecom
  • Ukraine
    Intertelecom
  • United States
    All operators
  • Uzbekistan
    Beeline
    MTS Uzbekistan
    Ucell
  • Vietnam
    VinaPhone
  • Zambia
    Airtel
    MTN
    Zamtel

Did you see that? Not a single Canadian carrier is listed. Meanwhile, Zambia and Uzbekistan each have three listed, India is all-in with the United States, and Guam's hooked up.

Just throw it in the pile of mounting evidence that we Canadians are getting screwed by our telecom industry.


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Michael

Even worse, Afghanistan is ahead of us?

Who would of thunk it.

October 30, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

Cambo

I'm not sure of the details of this system, since I rarely use text messages anymore, but most of Europe is also not on the list. So, maybe it has more to do with the regulations.

You'll notice that Britain, Italy, France, Russia and the rest of Europe are no-where to be found either.

October 30, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

Douglas

I think Google set up this service for countries that are disproportionately high/dependent users of cellular communication. Cambo noticed various absences, I'll rephrase it as being nearly every country on the list is not "first world". I'll leave it to you to decide if/how the US fits that over-generalized description, but I would be pretty sure that Google, and an American company, made sure that American cell phone service providers were on the list.

October 30, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

Blind Dave

Cambo and Douglas beat me to it. I also noticed that other than the USA, there weren't any first world countries on the list.

But is this Google's choice or a cell carrier choice?

October 30, 2012 @ 2:38 PM


Cambo

This probably also has something to do with anti-spam measures.

October 31, 2012 @ 8:47 AM

Irvine

Most of those countries are developing and use pay as you go networks. These phones may not have the robust features that we have in the new world

Fact is our telecom system is a detriment to growth in technology. This technology has a monster future too. Its another case of corporations with politicians dicks in the ass. The argument that cell service is expensive in Canada because we have a low population is bullshit. Much of BC has no cell service including some of the Trans Canada

October 31, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Cheryl

Who needs texting anyway. I mean it distracts drivers, even walkers. Let's just ban texting altogether. What is so urgent that can't wait until you get home so you can check your messages or email at your computer? I have no idea. I will never get a cellphone. I don't want one. Waste of money. Primus is great with my internet and my talk broadband. I will never get rid of Primus. No way. They're the best.

October 31, 2012 @ 6:27 PM

Cambo

Another completely irrelevant and way off topic post by Cheryl.

October 31, 2012 @ 10:36 PM

Court

Cheryl, your an idiot.

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