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How can I send email to a cell phone as a text message if I don't know the phone's carrier?

Asked by 6rant6 (13672points) September 11th, 2012

I’m aware that if I know a person’s cell phone carrier, I can send an e-mail which they will receive as chat. I have this thought in the back of my mind that some gateway services at one point allowed you to specify __I don’t know the carrier__ and they would figure it out (or perhaps make a stab.)

Anyone know if this is possible?

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gambitking's avatar

The go-to service for this used to be Teleflip, but they’ve gone belly up.

You can try to find a similar resource on this website:

hearkat's avatar

Some reverse phone number directories will tell you who the carrier is.

CWOTUS's avatar

I think you can do it without specifying the user’s carrier at all through Gmail. It seems to me (though I don’t use it often) that I have several contacts that I can SMS in this way.

Seek's avatar

the way I send them to my hubby is

I do not know if this is carrier-specific

CWOTUS's avatar

I wuz wrong. I do have the phone numbers stored “with carrier” in Gmail. Sending to the phone number only creates an error condition and the mail is dropped.

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