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home | Smartphone Quick Tip - Send Texts Vi . . .

Smartphone Quick Tip - Send Texts Via Email

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You can send an SMS text message to any mobile phone from your computer, not just from your cell phone. And the service is not only convenient - it's free.

There are some situations that call for text messaging. It is briefer than email, more discreet than talkig on the phone, and occaisionally necessary to validate a mobile service.

If you have your cell phone handy, sending and receiving brief messages is usually not a problem. However, there may be a time when you need to send or receive a text and, for whatever reason, your phone is not available or you don't want to tap out the message with a virtual keyboard.

No problem.

You can text from any email program on your computer.

Most cell phone carriers offer free Email to SMS Gateways. All you need to know is the cell phone number and the carrier gateway suffix of the person you wish to text. This information will go in your email application's "To" field in the form of ""

For instance, if you want to send a message to an iPhone user on Verizon whose phone number is 206-555-1234, you would send an email to

NOTE: This service is not limited only to smartphone or phones that can receive email. It is available on any cell phone that can be used for texting.


[10-digit phone number]

For multimedia messages, use [10-digit-number]

Boost Mobile
[10-digit phone number]

Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]

Sprint (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]

[10-digit phone number]

[10-digit phone number]

Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]

HINT: If you need the address of a carrier that isn't on the list, you can find the SMS gateway by sending or receiving a text msg from the phone to your email address. When you get the email it will include the SMS address it came from.

GMail users can send and receive text messages in Google Chat without using the SMS Gateway. In GMail, go to Google Labs and enable SMS (text messaging) in Chat. There's also a Chat SMS Gadget (SMS in Chat gadget) that makes it even easier to send text messages in Chat. Try them both, if you find texting a handy way to communicate.

Of course, text messages cost money. Heavy text users probably have an unlimited text plan - but what happens if you don't have such a plan or don't want the added expense? You can ask your friends and colleagues to send texts to your Google Voice phone number instead of your cell phone number, using a third party service called

This service requires you to enter your GMail password - if that makes you uncomfortable, don't sign up.

But if you are a Google Voice user, may be just what you were waiting for.