Have you been prompted by your Yahoo Messenger desktop app to update to YM version 11.5? It’s worth a try and it gives you FREE SMS to any mobile phones in 10 countries. This is very useful when replying to text messages but you don’t want to share your mobile number to the recipient. Click the prompt in your YM desktop app or directly go to the download page to update your YM app.
Click the “graph button” (the one enclosed in red box) beside the “Add a Contact” button in the YM desktop app to open the YM dialer shown at left.
The normal YM chat box will pop up and start sending the message. The message is usually received by the recipient in about 5 seconds.
The YM supports SMS messaging in ten (10) countries including the U.S., Canada and the Philippines with selected carriers. Sending SMS from YM is free but the recipient may be charged for receiving and replying from their mobile phone.
Calling to a PC in YM is free anywhere while calling a phone has a charge. Clicking the “call” button in the dialer opens another dialogue where you shall be asked to sign up to Yahoo! Voice. The call rates for the different countries can be found here.