While trying to register an account at Google SMS Channel, I get the following error message:
Even sending a message from my mobile phone to 09870807070 number doesn’t seem to work anymore.
After a bit of Googling, I figured out I was not the only one. There are many threads in Google groups — like this — talking about the problems faced while registering and activating Google SMS account on their mobile phones.
If you have subscribed to various SMS channels, you will not even receive messages. I tried to setup a new account, but all my attempts reaped no solutions. And then I figured out what the problem was:
The Google’s mobile page (link) reveals the Indian SMS Channel has been redirected to the new Google SMS application. The old Google SMS Channel no longer works. That’s okay, I thought, and went ahead to register an account.
The new link (Google SMS application) doesn’t let me create an account — yikes!
Also, from what I’ve figured out, Google SMS application will make it easier for me to search Google via SMS on my phone — it will not let me subscribe to SMS channels. This SMS application seems to be a completely different product.
So I guess it’d be fair to say that Google, unfortunately, killed the SMS channel — it was a silent death that no one knows about!