MANILA, DECEMBER 5, 2007 (STAR) Here’s a neat trick for Gmail users and fans of free text. While signed-in to Gmail, they can send SMS to mobile phones.

Add mobile buddies by clicking Add Contact on the embedded chat client. Type in a buddy’s mobile number followed by (for example: 63917 The mobile buddy will then be included in the Gtalk buddy list. Double-click the buddy’s name and fire away with text messages!

This feature is powered by Chikka, creator of the popular gateway to texting mobiles from a PC via a mobile instant messenger (IM).

Chikka actually announced its Chikka Messenger’s interoperability with Google Talk (Gtalk) last year. Thus one may now also “Chikka” from Gtalk and vice versa. Messenger’s interoperability with Google Talk (Gtalk) last year. Thus one may now also “Chikka” from Gtalk and vice versa.

Messages sent from Gmail or Gtalk will be received by a Chikka chat buddy on his mobile as SMS when he is logged off from his PC.

Gtalk, Google’s downloadable Windows application, is preferred by millions of online users to talk or send instant messages over the Internet to their friends for free.

Meanwhile, Chikka’s mobile instant messaging service is in wide use by a community that likes to send text messages to mobile users in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, India, Japan, and the Philippines.

The Chikka-Google Talk interconnection is made possible under a federation of communication service providers promoted by Google, to interconnect with Google Talk and bring popular messaging communities together.

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Sun plan offers Samsung X510 Saturday, December 5, 2007

Sun Cellular has the perfect holiday treat that will surely beat any of Santa’s stocking stuffers — the Samsung X510.

This hip mobile phone is a tri-band clamshell that comes with a VGA camera to capture one’s favorite images.

What’s more, it has surfing capabilities via WAP, a built-in, hands-free speaker and can also share files with other phones through an infrared port.

With three phones and three separate lines, all for a low monthly service fee of P999, this is the most practical postpaid subscription plan for group subscribers. And only one person needs to subscribe to get all three.

Sun Group Plan 999 subscribers also get to enjoy Sun-to-Sun non-stop calling and text messaging with the 24/7 Call and Text Unlimited service and a bonus of 750 free text messages to other networks.

Go to the nearest Sun Shop and avail of this holiday offer. For more information, check the Sun website at or call 395-8000.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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