Answering all my prayers (well, the ones about adding text messages to Gmail), Google has added text messaging capability. It’s only in chat mode for now, but can straight texting from Gmail be far behind? Thinking this is probably for Android, but who knows. I was hoping that a response from the phone to the text would automagically save the person’s cell phone email address in your phone, but alas. Google is too tricky for that.
Text Messaging in Chat
Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards.
To get it to work, go to the Lab tab in the Settings menu and enable this feature.