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How to Send a Text Message (SMS) Using Email

Many of you are not aware that you can send text messages to a cell phone from your email inbox. Read on, to learn the simple technique of how to send a text message from your email inbox. And it’s free too!

In today’s technologically enhanced and short messaging service utilizing environment, more and more people are learning how to send a text message from email. There are many advantages to this, the least among them being the cost factor. Instead of getting an amount added to your phone bill, you are sending a text message from email, which is free. Moreover, many users would find typing a text message via a keyboard more comfortable than typing it from a traditional cell phone keypad. Others of us may not even have cell phones (or at least not cell phones with text messaging).

How to Send a Text Message (SMS) from Email

If you fall into one of these categories and still find yourself in a position where you just need to send a text message you have another option: using your email service. Almost everyone has an email account, nowadays and these accounts are widely used for a variety of purposes. So why not use them to send text messages to cell phones as well? From the receiver’s point of view this is convenient as well, as they receive the information as a simple text on their phone and do not have to check their email inbox. So, are you still wondering how to send a text message from email?

How to Send a Text Message from Email

This is a very simple task and anyone can do it easily. All you have to do is make a change in the ‘send to’ box, and you can send your text message from your email account itself. Each cell phone service provider has a domain name that you can send the text message to, via email. Once you have received the email domain of the receiver’s cellphone service provider, you can easily send a text message from email to cell phone. All you have to do is that type that person’s phone number in the ‘send to’ box and then follow it with ‘@ name of the cell phone service provider’s email domain’. It’s as simple as that.

The different email domains for various cellphone service providers are as follows.

- AT&T: number@txt.att.net

- Qwest: number@qwestmp.com

- T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net

- Verizon: number@vtext.com

- Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com or number@pm.sprint.com

- Virgin Mobile: number@vmobl.com

- Nextel: number@messaging.nextel.com

- Alltel: number@message.alltel.com

- Metro PCS: number@mymetropcs.com

- Powertel: number@ptel.com

- Suncom: number@tms.suncom.com

- U.S. Cellular: number@email.uscc.net

- Cingular: number@cingularme.com

By simply typing the number before these domains, you can learn how to send a text message from email to cell phone. For example, if you wish to send a text message from email to cell phone of someone who uses Verizon service provider, and their number is 243-567-8978, in the ‘send to’ box you will write ’2435678978@vtext.com’. This is the address you will send the text message to.

Filling in the subject line is optional, but it is advisable to just leave it blank. Displaying a subject line in a text message is quite meaningless. Ensure that your text message does not exceed 160 characters though, because if it does the entire message may not be displayed on the receiver’s phone. If you have to send a longer text message, send 2 separate messages. Also remember to remove your email signature before you send the message.

Flow Chart (Sending SMS via Email)

1. Log into your email or open your email program like Outlook Express.

2. Start a new message.

3. Type the recipient’s 10 digit cell phone number @ the cell carrier’s email domain in the address box. For example if the message recipient uses Verizon it would be cellnumber@vtext.com. Sometimes there’s a special domain for text messaging; check with the cell carrier’s web site.

4. Type your message making sure it doesn’t exceed 160 characters, otherwise it may get cut off.

5. Send your message.

That’s it. As you can see sending a text message (SMS) from email to a cell phone is pretty easy. Isn’t it? ;)

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64 Responses to " How to Send a Text Message (SMS) Using Email "

  1. mike rice says:

    I got a mysterious text at 3:42 a.m. in the morning. Its from oihlcw@smartcreditloan.net There is no message. Someone is trying to contact me anonymously. Is someone here clever enough to decode for me the cell phone # this came from? If so, write back.

    • TechChunks says:

      Assuming the text message indeed came from an email ID, it must have originated from one of the cellular operator’s email domain (read above in the article for details). And thus it DID NOT come from any cell phone #.

      • mike rice says:

        The email address bounced. There is no such email address. I couldn’t find an existing domain by that name either. I used to be able to use phony email addresses with Eudora, but if you checked the heading in the email, the real email address would be revealed. That’s not possible with a text message.

        I tried another experiment. I changed the email by replacing .net with .com This time the email did NOT BOUNCE! Is this significant, was that second email a real email account, and is it likely to have reached the sender? And if so, how do I trace ‘the domain’ to the sender?

        • TechChunks says:

          I am seeing that the email address you mentioned in your first comment was indeed .net (NOT .com). Hence I’d like to think that the email that you sent to the .net address must have been delivered.

          Unfortunately, there is not much you can do unless the email address owner decides to respond back to you and there is no easy way to track the cellular operator’s email domain either.

  2. tilahun says:

    It is very good!
    but,how can i get the cell carrier’s email domain or service provider of my friends mobile number

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  4. Mike Rice says:

    Its me again. The ‘email address’ with .com instead of.net, ALSO BOUNCED, within a couple of days. I looked on my straight talk phone text messages menu. oihlcw@smartcreditloan.net is apparently coded to scroll oihlcw@smartcreditloan.net across the phone in two lines, one above and one below, perpetually on my phone as long as the phone stays lit, just as straight talk’s “Your remaining balance is 24 minutes” will if I don’t erase it. The trouble with this as an ad strategy is that smartcreditloan.net doesn’t exist as a domain or website. I’m concluding that straighttalk the phone actually sent the text themselves as a ‘teaser’ for a long term ad campaign from deep in the Wal-Mart-Verizon-Trac phone consortium itself. Straight talk rolled out a home phone that looks like an internet router last week, that is actually a verizon cell phone in disguise. I bought one the night after I got a teaser about it by email. It cost $99. You need to call an 855 # to set it up. Its an unlimited calling in the US and Canada phone with voicemail, caller ID, but no 911, which is no big deal to me. The public is paying tax money for 911 and its really a bottleneck for reaching police and emergency services that used to be readily reachable anyway through traditional #s and not a crime to dial for the wrong reasons as it has become for ‘DISPATCH’, now a nationwide, hopeless bureaucracy. Don’t get me started, I digress. The unlimited straight talk home phone is really the straight talk 1000 minutes voice, 1000 minutes text, 30 megs of internet browse per 30 days I have, via Straight Talk cellphone, only the cost has been halved from the $30 I pay monthly for cell service, to $15, the number of voice minutes switched from 1000 to unlimited, and the text messaging and 30 megs of web browsing stripped away altogether. It is the cheapest 30 day phone package in the US TODAY, one third the cost of the cheapest local phone, and it can be moved or shut down and re-launched with no reconnect charges whatever. I even used the phone successfully in my car. There are two ordinary house phone outlet spikes for those little plastic ended phone cords used in homes. And that’s it. A cellphone re-purposed into a very inexpensive home phone.

  5. Marc says:

    My company, Data24-7, offers a service which returns the email-to-sms gateway addresses for your phone numbers. $0.006 per phone number.

  6. Mike Rice says:

    Thanks, I don’t quite understand what that is. I discover I misspoke. My straightalk ‘home phone’ has no caller ID. This wouldn’t matter except that I’m getting calls every Friday night from someone who I can’t identify. Do you have a way of recovering the caller IDs on calls made directly to that phone? I must have given the number out or called someone with it, who is trying to call me back. They hang up if I try to learn who made the call.

  7. Marc says:

    Mike, sorry, I wasn’t replying to your comment specifically. The email-to-sms gateways are email addresses set-up by the wireless phone carriers to forward emails to peoples’ phones as text messages.

    As far as getting the caller ID for that call to your cell phone; maybe try forwarding the calls to your home phone if you have one, on some Friday night? I’m not sure if that would help or not.

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