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Jude's avatar

Could one send text messages from a computer to a cell phone?

Asked by Jude (32109points) May 1st, 2009
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theartfuldodger's avatar

Yes, use AIM.

Simply go to File > ‘New Chat with Person,’ and enter the phone number in this format [+16175551212]. When you send the message, you’ll receive notice from AOL that it was sent.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yeah, there are many ways to do this. I believe you can do it within Gmail Chat, or you can do a Google search for SMS by email. One way is to use a service that does the dirty work for you (finds out your cell provider’s email address) and there are places that will give you the email, such as [cell number]@pcs.ntelos.net.

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/email-to-sms/

theartfuldodger's avatar

That’s true, but with the AIM setup you can receive the texts back if they reply.

Zaku's avatar

There are also free web sites that offer this (search for “free text message” or something).

MissAnthrope's avatar

@theartfuldodger – You can receive SMS back using my methods.

theartfuldodger's avatar

Ah, never knew that :D

btko's avatar

yes and usually it can be done from the carriers website.

LKidKyle1985's avatar

I use skype all the time to do this. Amazing program.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Every cell phone number has an email address attached to the end of it.

Alltel
[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
Example: 1234567890@message.alltel.com

AT&T (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
Example: 1234567890@txt.att.net

Nextel (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Example: 1234567890@messaging.nextel.com

Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@messaging.sprintpcs.com

T-Mobile
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Example: 1234567890@tmomail.net

US Cellular
[10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@email.uscc.net

Verizon
[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@vtext.com

Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 1234567890@vmobl.com

If you’re not sure which provider the person has, use this website to find out.

frankielaguna's avatar

Gtalk does it in Gmail when you have the ‘Send SMS’ addon in the Google labs section :: http://kttns.org/odzkn

Jeruba's avatar

I do it on Verizon’s text site to send messages of more than a few words to my sons’ cellphones because I am not an adept and I also have to spell out all the words and use capitalization and punctuation. When I attempt textspeak, they laugh and call it “adorable” or “cute” and save it to show their friends.

Macaulay's avatar

Try relay calling.

Strauss's avatar

Send a text to your email and see how the return address is formatted.

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