Gmail – Email Sending Limit of 500!

Gmail, is among one of the best free e-mail services available on the Internet. Right from the day of its launch on April 1, 2004, people started appreciating it. If you remember, not so long before, to open Gmail account you needed an invitation from existing Gmail users. According to a Wiki entry, Gmail invitation were being sold on eBay for as high as $150 per invite. Infact, even my friends offered me 300 INR to send them Gmail invite. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The point of telling all this is, Gmail remained free since it launch, eventhough some people made money selling Gmail invite. Gmail also offered best service with ever growing storage space. But when it comes to sending email, they have limit like most other free service.

As per this article from Gmail help, I was astonished to know that…

Google will temporarily disable your account if you send a message to more than 500 recipients or if you send a large number of undeliverable messages.

Even worse, those access Gmail via POP or IMAP interface, limit is as low as 100.

Like me if you are also unaware about this fact, then recheck the recipients address once again before hitting the send button, as exceeding its limits or sending many mails to invalid ids may temporarily disable your account. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Added by Editor:

Gmail’s disabling of your account prevent you from sending mails only. This is to just prevent spammer abusing their server. Many free email services enforces limit like this. But if you keep pushing limit more often you may end up with your account getting deleted.

As festival season is around, do not get panic if your account get temporarily disabled when you send wished to more than 500 people. Actually this is the reason, I never sent any greetings via email to all on special occasions. I have contact list of more than 2000 and picking 500 is not an easy job! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Related: Gmailโ€™s 10 Latest Lab Features

Google SMS Channels: New Group Messaging Service

This time, Google comes up with a new and innovative service for mobile phone subscribes. After SMS based search, Google has recently announced the launch of Google SMS Channels, that is a platform to send group SMS free of cost. May be, you can call it the improved version of existing group messaging services like SMSgupshup and Mytoday.

In case you are interested, listed below are few of the pros and cons of Google SMS Channels.


  • Unlike other group SMS providers, Google’s SMS channel does not add any advertisements on the message footer, so group publishers get full 160 character messages to post.
  • Compared to other group messaging providers, Google gets its message published faster and FREE.
  • Supports Blogger blogs, Google groups, Google Alerts, RSS feed URL and custom messages.
  • Subscriber point of view, option to set the maximum number of Incoming messages.


  • After going through the service in detail, I could manage to find only single disadvantage in Google SMS channels that, unlike SMSgupshup a group owner himself cannot add subscribers to his/her channel. But again, this is good subscribers point of view, as they might not get spammed by channels that they don’t want to subscribe to.

Google SMS channel for Devilsworkshop:

We have created a channel to keep you informed via SMS. To Join,

  • Either Subscribe here.
  • Or send an SMS: ‘ON DEVILSWORKSHOP’ to 09870807070

We have also created a dedicated channel for our Orkut users:

  • Either Subscribe here.
  • Or send an SMS: ‘ON ORKUTBLOG’ to 09870807070

This innovative initiative by Google surely deserves 2 thumbs up from all mobile users in India. Even I personally feel this bandwagon from Google deserves 4.5 stars out of 5. We are interested to hear your say, too!

Links: Google SMS channels (FAQ)

(via: Labnol)

[Editor Note: This is first post by Deepak Jain on this blog. He blogs at MobileGyaan about mobile softwares & technology. Deepak was in news for demonstrating loopholes in SMS technology.

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