Chat

Rebelmail has a live chat feature. To start using Chat, just log in to Rebelmail, add a contact using their Rebelmail e-mail address, and start chatting.

With Rebelmail chat, you will be able to:

  • Text, voice, or video chat with other Rebelmail users.
  • Chat with an individual or a group of people.
  • Sign into chat from your desktop or your mobile devices.
  • Send text messages to your friends’ mobile devices.
  • Place calls to landlines and mobile phones.

Getting Started

Chat Interface Overview

Rebelmail Recommended Browsers - Enable Cookies & JavaScript

  • Internet Explorer 7 +
  • Firefox 2.0 +
  • Safari 3.0 + (Intel-based Mac required for Voice and video chat)
  • Google Chrome

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Using Chat 

Chat on Your Desktop or Mobile Devices

Chat on Your Desktop

Chat on Your Mobile Devices

You can communicate with your friends on the go by signing into chat on your mobile devices.
  • For iOS and Android Devices: Visit http://www.google.com/talk from your browser. Sign in with your Rebelmail e-mail address and password.
  • For BlackBerry Devices: Visit http://www.blackberry.com/GoogleTalk from your BlackBerry web browser. Install and launch the application with the Google Talk icon from your Blackberry home screen or application folder.

Note: Enter your full Rebelmail address (username@unlv.nevada.edu) in the username field.

Invite Someone to Chat

If your contacts use Rebelmail, Gmail, AIM, or an open service that is part of the Google Talk network, they will be able to chat with you. To invite a someone to chat, do the following:

  1. Enter your contact’s email address in the Search people field at the top of your chat list. (For AIM contacts, type in username@aim.com)
  2. Click Invite to chat. You can begin to chat as soon as they accept your invitation.

Disable Auto-add Suggested Contacts

Rebelmail automatically enables people whom you frequently email to chat with you without having to send an invitation. If you do not want Rebelmail to automatically enable chat privileges:

  1. Click on the Gear icon located at the upper right corner of the page and select Mail settings.
  2. In Settings, click on the Chat tab.
  3. Under Auto-add suggested contacts, select Only allow people that I’ve explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I’m online. Click Save Changes.

Start a Chat

From your Rebelmail chat list, you can start a chat session with your contacts or control how they appear in your chat list. To get started, hover your cursor over their name and the menu shown below appears.

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Chat History

Chats are automatically saved in your Rebelmail account, where they can be viewed, searched for, forwarded, or deleted like an e-mail. Saved chats can be located by clicking on the Chats label.

There are times when you do not want a particular chat with a specific person to be saved. In Rebelmail chat, you can go off the record, so that nothing typed from that point forward gets saved in anyone's Rebelmail account. To go off the record during a chat session, click Actions, Go off the record.


Once you go off the record with a particular contact, you will always go off the record with him or her (even after you’ve signed out) until you stop chatting off the record.
If you prefer that Rebelmail never saves any of your chats, you can disable chat history by:
  1. Click on the Gear icon located at the upper right corner of the page and select Mail settings.
  2. In Settings, click on the Chat tab.
  3. Under My chat history, select Never save chat history.
  4. Click Save Changes.

Signing Out of Chat

There may be times when you don’t want to be available to chat with your friends. Here are the steps to sign out of chat:

  1. From your chat list, click the arrow next to Set status here.
  2. Select Sign out of chat to sign out.
  3. You will remain signed out until you click on Sign in to chat from your chat list.


Emoticons :-)

An emoticon is a text or graphic that conveys the author’s mood or facial expression without using words. They can be used to add a little bit of fun to your IM conversations. If you click the Emoticon icon from within your chat window, you can insert one of the built-in emoticons to express your feelings. Rebelmail has a number of emoticons that you can use with, or in place of, text messages. Here are the steps to insert an emoticon:

  1. When you are composing a message, click the Emoticon button in your chat window.

  2. Select the emoticon that you wish to insert into your message.
Alternatively, you can insert the emoticons by typing in the key combination listed below:
 

Voice, Video, and SMS 

Voice and Video Chat

Some things are easier to say face-to-face. With Rebelmail Chat, you can start a voice or video chat with your contacts. To get started:

  1. Download and install the voice and video chat plug-in at http://www.google.com/chat/video (Windows XP or later, Intel Mac OS X 10.4 or later).
  2. Log in to Rebelmail. Click on the Settings icon located at the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the Chat tab. Under Voice and video chat click on Verify your settings to verify that your system is ready to use voice and video chat.
  4. From your Chat List, select the contact you want to chat with. If they have a camera icon next to their name, you can make a voice or video call to them. If your contact doesn’t have a webcam, you can still conduct a voice only chat or a 1-way video chat.

Place Phone Calls

In addition to making voice and video chats with your contacts from computer to computer, you can also place phone calls to any landline or mobile phone number in Rebelmail.* All calls to US and Canada numbers are currently free. To get started:

  1. Download and install the voice and video chat plug-in at http://www.google.com/chat/video (Windows XP or later, Intel Mac OS X 10.4 or later).
  2. Click Call phone in chat to open up the Call window.
  3. From the Call window, dial the number you wish to call including the area code.
  4. Click the Call button.

If you are utilizing Google Voice with your Rebelmail account, then your Google Voice number will be displayed in the caller ID to those you call. If you do not use Google Voice, (760) 705-8888 will be the number displayed in the caller ID.

*Microphone and speakers are required

Send SMS Text Messages

You can send SMS messages to your contacts' mobile phones (U.S. phone numbers only) using Rebelmail Chat. Before you can send SMS in Rebelmail chat, you must turn on text messaging for chat:

  1. Click on the Gear icon located at the upper right corner of the page and select Mail settings.
  2. In Settings, click on the Labs tab.
  3. Scroll down until you see Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat and select Enable. Click Save Changes.


  4. After enabling SMS in chat, you can start sending SMS just by typing a phone number (including area-code) into the Search, add, or invite field at the top of the chat window, then select Send SMS.


To learn more about Chat, please visit the Gmail Chat help page.