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Sending a Text Message to a Cell Phone Using an Email


By James Wise
web posted March 26, 2009
TECH TIPS – Text messages to cell phones can be a great way to communicate. If you need to send a quick message to someone but don’t want to call them and possibly catch them at a bad time, a text message can be a good alternative. However, typing out a message on a normal cell phone keypad can be difficult and time consuming. If you have a computer in front of you though, there is an easier solution which might also save you money.

One option for sending a text message from a computer is to use a cell phone carrier’s website. Verizon Wireless for example offers www.vtext.com. Perhaps an even easier method though is use email. Most, if not all, carriers support this. All you have to do is send an email to the person’s cell phone number. For this to work, you’ll also have to know which carrier the person uses.

The list below contains the information that I have seen for various common carriers. Simply use the person’s ten digit number plus the domain listed below. For example, to send a text message to a Verizon user who’s phone number is (012) 345-6789, use the email address of 0123456789@vtext.com.

Carrier

Text Message (SMS)

Multimedia Message (MMS)

AT&T

@txt.att.net

@mms.att.net

Alltel

@message.alltel.com

@message.alltel.com

Nextel

@messaging.nextel.com

@messaging.nextel.com

Sprint

@messaging.sprintpcs.com

@messaging.sprintpcs.com

T-Mobile:

@tmomail.net

@tmomail.net

Verizon Wireless

@vtext.com

@vzwpix.com


Text messages (SMS) are limited to 160 characters so be sure to keep you mail within this limit. Attachments and formatting aren’t supported either so just keep your mail to plan text (or remember that no formatting will be displayed to the recipient). Multimedia Messages (MMS) do support pictures but be careful as not all cell phones support this message type.

Keep in mind that the person you email may not have a message plan and may have to pay for each message. Usually this fee is only a few cents per message (MMS messages are typically more expensive) but keep this in mind. You may want to discuss this with the person in question before you start “texting”. Using an email though will at least avoid that you have charges on your end to send the message (like you might experience if sending the message from your cell phone). If the person in question has an email capable phone (such as a Blackberry), it might be better to stick with a normal email which wouldn’t typically have any additional costs associated with it for the recipient.

Here’s an example of how I use text messages... My wife gets home from work before I do and sends me a message when she gets home to let me know what came in the mail. Not only then do I know if we received anything important, but I also know she made it home safe and sound.

Do you have a tech question you would like answered or a program you would like to recommend? Email me at edgefieldtechhelp@gmail.com. For computer questions, please include your operating system version (e.g. Windows Vista) and sorry, but I don’t do Macs.

Disclaimer: Software, tips, and links provided are used at the risk of the reader.
 




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