Mobile Messaging

Mobile Messaging

Somtel keeps you connected beyond just a phone call.

SMS service
This service enables you to receive short text messages (SMS) and send them to other mobile devices. Even if your mobile is switched off, the network stores the message and delivers it automatically once your phone is on again.

This service works locally in Somaliland and abroad if you are subscribed to the roaming service.

Multimedia service
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is very similar to the Short Message Service (SMS); however, MMS enables you to send pictures, video clips, and ring tones to a mobile number or email. You can compose your own content, send, and receive unlimited messages.

With SomSMS  you can send a message to a group of people all at once through a Somtel service number. The service allows you to share information to a specific portion of the group or the whole group. Service registration is free.

SMS Type

SMS Cost

Initial SMS


SMS sent to each number


Price of local sent SMS is $.01/ SMS
Price for international sent SMS $.10/ SMS

To Activate
The SMS service is automatically activated for all customers without subscriptions.

Somtel Gmail via SMS (E-mail to SMS and SMS to E-Mail)
Use email to SMS and send notifications, reminders, alerts or any other type of SMS message all over the Somaliland.

Sending SMS from Gmail
In order to use this feature you have to enable the SMS (text messaging) in Chat lab.

You can send SMS messages to your contacts’ mobile phones using GChat. To do so from Gmail:

  1. Enter your contact’s name in the ‘Search, Chat, or SMS’ box in Chat, and select Send SMS from the box of options that appears to the right of your contact’s name. Or, if you already have a Chat window open for this contact, just click More, and select Send Text (SMS).
  2. In the dialog box, enter a phone number in the ‘Send SMS messages to this number’ field. This feature is only offered in select countries, but you won’t see the SMS option in Chat until you enable it manually in the Chat settings page.
  3. Click Save.
  4. A Chat window appears. Just type your message as you would normally. When you hit Enter, the message will be sent to the phone number you entered.

If your contact replies, the text message response will appear as a reply in Chat. These conversations are stored in your Chat history just like regular chats (note: that you cannot go off the record while communicating via SMS).

SMS charges: Google does not charge for using this service. However, Somtel standard charges (normal SMS charges) will apply to any SMS messages sent from a mobile device to Google Chat.

***Note: your contacts in Somaliland will receive SMS messages for free and will be charged for replying according to the Somtel SMS normal price for sending a local SMS.***

Facebook Mobile Texts (ILA SOCO)
Receive and respond to notifications through text messages on your phone.

Activating Mobile Texts
How do I activate mobile texts?

You can go to the Mobile tab of your Account Settings page (from a computer) to activate mobile texts. Click “Register for Facebook Text Messages” and complete the steps that follow.

Your activation code will be sent to your mobile phone. You can find specific steps to activate texts in (Somtel Somaliland Facebook) in your Account settings.

Somtel is the only operator providing its customers this service in the horn of Africa.

The price
$2 Registration fee applies. Replying comments and notifications, etc. are only $.01.