Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.

Well, let's clear one thing up right away: cell phone text messaging, or "SMS" text messaging, is not the same as instant messaging on your computer. They're two very different systems.

Can a computer (laptop or desktop) text message a cell phone, and can a cell phone text message a computer? If so, how?

Well, let's clear one thing up right away: cell phone text messaging, or "SMS" text messaging, is not the same as instant messaging on your computer. They're two very different systems.

That doesn't mean all is lost, however. There are some things you can do. How much depends mostly on the cellular provider, and the type of phone you have.

SMS Text Messaging

SMS stands for Short Message Service, and is designed specifically for cell phones.

You can usually send an SMS message to a cell phone via email. Most of the cell phone providers have a special email address or domain that you can send a message to, which then gets forwarded as a text message to the cell phone. For example with Verizon in the U.S., you can email ##########@vtext.com, where "##########" is replaced with the 10 digit cellular number, and that message will get sent as a text message to that phone. Other carriers typically have some type of equivalent and/or a web page from which you can send a text message to one of their phones.

"SMS stands for Short Message Service and is designed specifically for cell phones.

Important: remember that this is a Short message service ... usually only up to a certain number of characters of your message will be sent. Some providers will simply truncate your message if it's too long, others will break it up into multiple messages. Others might well discard, or bounce the message back to you. Check with the provider in question.

The reverse may also work. Again, using Verizon I was able to send a message via SMS on my phone to my email address.

In all cases, remember that this is email based, and that response times may be significantly longer as people do, or do not, check their email.

Instant Messaging

IM services, like AOL's AIM, MSN's Instant Messenger and the others are all designed as what I'll call "computer to computer" services. They all kinda sorta assume that you've got a computer of some sort. Fair enough.

Many cell phones these days pretty much are computers. Many cellphones run things like the Palm operating system, or a version of Windows.

And many have internet capability.

So, it stands to reason that one might be able to find an instant messaging client for your cell phone. In my case, using my Treo and an unlimited data access plan from Verizon, I'm able to run the Mundu IM instant messaging client and chat using my MSN Instant Messenger account, or my AOL Instant Messenger account.

The big caveat here is that you must have an internet capable cell phone and have signed up for an internet data plan of some sort.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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144 Comments
Angelo
February 28, 2006 9:07 PM

Even if you don't actually have mobile Internet service, your cell phone provider might allow you to IM others anyway.

For Verizon, at least, I downloaded a mobile IM program from them that actually communicates with AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! servers by sending and receiving commands, information, and messages via SMS. I guess "gateway" or some such would be the right word for that? I'm certain other providers have similar functions.

Of course, the caveat there is that since everything is being sent via SMS, if you don't pay an unlimited flat fee for text messages the individual charges from numerous messages and possibly even signing in and out can rack up.

AIM actually confuses things a little further, in that you can use their service to bother anyone with a cell phone number and the ability to receive SMS text messages. By sending a message to a plus sign followed by the country code and full ten digit phone number ("+1 234 567 8900", but without spaces), it will attempt to send an SMS text message to that number. The recipient may be even capable of responding. Another gateway type thing?

Cat
March 22, 2006 9:38 AM

This is how (see link below) I send text messages from my PC
http://mobile.yahoo.com/sms/sendsms

Tanya
March 23, 2006 3:31 AM

This is a great place to get text messages. The Emergency Email & Wireless Network which is a service of The Emergency Email Network at http://www.emergencyemail.org . They are great service.

JESUS
November 29, 2006 1:22 PM

Just sign on to aim and put it like this
open a im window
type in this in the to box
+9562022882
plus sign area code then number

Emma
January 24, 2007 1:33 PM

Hey there everyone!!! Okay um here is the website I use for txt messaging off the computer to a phone:

http://www.811.com

AJ
February 2, 2007 1:37 PM

You can use aim to send text messages, type the screen name as "+##########" without spaces

Ori
February 7, 2007 8:50 PM

I also use www.811.com to send free sms text messages.

They also added video and ringtone messaging as well and I use it all the time!

Amazing!!!

Ashley
February 15, 2007 11:34 AM

811.com only works for numbers in North America. I was wanting to text a friend I met in Mexico. I know this question was already asked by someone else but I didn't see an answer.

Jerry
March 10, 2007 8:36 AM

Here's a list of email-to-text-message addresses: www.jetcityorange.com/cellphone

Kevin
July 26, 2007 9:39 AM

T-Mobile does have an address where you send text messages from email directly to a phone. the address is @tmomail.net.

Heather
August 3, 2007 2:54 PM

Yes, I know for a fact that you can send a text message to a cell phone from a computer. The easiest way is to use Yahoo.com.

andreh
September 16, 2007 8:05 PM

I have ran across a site that allows sending free text messages online.. with no sign-ups.. http://textinghome.com

Kyle
October 1, 2007 6:23 AM

if you are verizon use vtext.com to txt

jeannnine
November 9, 2007 5:40 AM

how can I sent a text message from my computer without the recipient being charged for the incoming text?

Leo A. Notenboom
November 10, 2007 6:48 PM

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You can't. Whether or not your recipient is charged is a function of their
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Quantumphp
December 1, 2007 9:23 AM

There is a great tutorial on adding a text messaging feature to your own website. The tutorial is at

http://www.easykiss123.com/tutorials/sms_simple/index.html

Pretty easy setup

catherine
December 15, 2007 8:46 AM

you can instant message a cell phone from aim by typing +########### in the "IM with" or "send" area, where ########### is their cell phone number

reena
December 15, 2007 5:12 PM

can you find out which computer sent a txt message to a cell phone if they do not leave a callback number or anything?

Leo A. Notenboom
December 18, 2007 11:26 AM

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No, not that I'm aware of.

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elliz
March 13, 2008 8:59 PM

hey u can use searchbug.com nd send free texts with no info

Michael
March 20, 2008 7:45 AM

My Company "Progressive Technology & Innovations Inc" Is currently releasing a new personal GPS locator that uses a SIM card in it that on command will send via an SOS button on the device its current Position lat/lon via SMS text. It also works in reverse, you can send a text to the device and get its current position. I am looking for some sort of user interface for sending the text via PC and recieving the coordinates back to an email, then cut and paste or click the link to get the location in a more timely fashion. I am currently using the AT&T Go Phone SIM card, but it will work with any SIM card. Any Ideas?
Sincerely,
M. Lawrence
www.satellitegpscentral.com

Jeannie
July 1, 2008 8:10 PM

http://www.txt2day.com/


and


https://text.vzw.com/customer_site/jsp/messaging_lo.jsp


lots more out there, just put in google or yahoo
text to cellphone


read read read what services each one covers, you might do short msg. and usually be amazed at how quick they do it.

soy
August 9, 2008 2:36 PM

more good info cut and paste to address bar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_gateways

MARK CROWHURST
September 30, 2008 11:30 AM

http://www.cbfsms.com/ is a pretty good site you can send texts from your pc to moblie go vip its better but the free one will get you a messgae where you want it just needs patience (uk only)

Patrick
October 6, 2008 6:24 AM

Dear Leo:

You never really answered this question but I can lend a hand. If he/she can hook their cell phone up to their PC, they can use the PC to send SMS messages. Jeyo has a product that can be installed on the computer to enable this function.
http://www.jeyo.com/companion.asp

Motorola also has a program that can be installed on the computer and used to send text messages. I prefer Jeyo.

Will

Jorge Alvarez
November 5, 2008 11:31 AM

Dear Leo:
I have checked several websites where you can send text messages to a cellphone. You type the message, the cellphone number and click send. Seems very simple. However,I am concerned that the phone number is going to be used by or sold to advertisement companies to send unsolicited commercial messages.
Is that a legitimate concern?

Thanks for your website

John
November 27, 2008 5:46 AM

The only sure way ive found so far is as follows, have a friend Text a message to your email account (hotmail) as a cell-to-cell text message.
if you receive it in your inbox simply reply to whatever the sender was and it will work...example.

TELUS works as follows. send an email with your message to 5555555555@msg.telus.com the 10 digits being the area code and number, no spaces or dashes. and they willr eceive the message as a text, not an email on their phone.

i mnot sure what rogers and bell require you to do. This "trick" was free and worked the first time. it was how i sent phone pictures to my computer.

Gio Bacareza
December 2, 2008 10:38 PM

The problem with the xxxxx@telconame.com method is that it is not reliable and most of the time, the telco could throttle the traffic.

There are sites that specialize in sending sms from PC to phone for free. Check chikka.com or google it.

Bill Stevenson
December 9, 2008 10:53 AM

To send email to a Rogers cell use the 10 digit phone number as the email addy, so:
nnnnnnnnnn@pcs.rogers.com.

And, hey, to about 50% of previous commenters: Please read the whole freakin' article and the prior posts before asking a question that's already answered there.

Rick
December 28, 2008 6:11 PM

The easiest way to send text's between PC's and cell phones is get a Yahoo ID sent up your e-mail and add the people along with there cell phone #'s to your "Contacts List" Then when u wanna send them a text just click on "Contacts" and click on there cell phone # and our message area will appear.I use this daily and its free to me and free to everyone that has unlimited text on there cell phone plan.

Rosalie
December 31, 2008 3:12 PM

This worked really well for me. I have an iPod touch with email, and I can easily send my friends texts from my iPod touch. I use **********@vtext.com. I'm so glad I found this sight!

Lisa
January 8, 2009 11:29 AM

Yes you can send text messages from your computer to a cell phone. go to http://www.UTextMe.net and http://www.UTextMe1.net

Dennis
January 10, 2009 4:12 PM

The easiest way I've found to send text messages to a cell phone is thru this site.......http://3jam.com/

It has worked for every cell phone I've tried sending a message to.

steve marx
January 24, 2009 12:16 AM

what does it mean when i get a text to my cell with the following:

from: 676-812-xxxxxx
xxxxx@hotmail.com(personsname)

message here
jan 22 6:00pm

and a few of the messages would come thru yahoo im..and others went straight to cell..does the senders info tell me anything about where its sent from etc etc...

J.F. Kirk
February 4, 2009 9:47 AM

I am disabled so on pc a LOT and needed to send messages to family and friends so I looked online and found the following info:
Verizon Wireless:(cell#)@vtext.com,
AT&T:(cell#)@mobile.att.net,
Cingular:(cell#)@mycingular.com,
Nextel:(cell#)@messaging.nextel.com,
T-Mobile:(cell#)@tmomail.net,
Sprint:(cell#)@messaging.sprintpcs.com,
Tracfone:(cell#)@cingularme.com, and if unknown carrier (cell#)@teleflip.com

Thomas Sheahan
February 5, 2009 11:28 AM

You can use Microsoft Outlook or notes too with red oxygen. Free trial ww.redoxygen.com

Sir Darick
February 11, 2009 7:30 AM

Can you help me out. I would like to sent a text from my pc to a Globe Telecom mobile phone. Does anyone know the domain that goes after my number I'm sending a text to [number removed]@ _ _G_ _L_ _O_ _B _ _E _ _????

Thank you >:-D

Todd R. Vander Galien
February 13, 2009 1:26 PM

Why can some Cell phones NOT reply to text messages that were sent VIA e-mail provider??

Sandra
February 17, 2009 10:39 AM

Can you forward a text message you recieve on your cell phone to an e-mail address?

Brian
February 18, 2009 1:47 AM

There is a new application available on Feb 27 where one can send and receive texts between computer and cell phone. Will also work with facebook and very soon many other networks such as myspace and bebo. One can use their site or sites such as facebook. One does not need an internet capable cell phone for this service.

Here's the link.
http://www.ichattotext.com

Leroy Junker
February 20, 2009 6:33 PM

J.F.Kirk suggested this for AT&T cell phones:
AT&T:(cell#)@mobile.att.net.
I tried this, and it fails.
But this DOES work:
(cell#)@TXT.att.net

Kelly
February 26, 2009 4:17 AM

MSN messenger has a mobile thing, I don't think it costs any extra money but I'm not sure yet, haha.

joe
February 27, 2009 6:29 AM

how can i send sms messages thru yahoo messenger...can it be done

Thanks

peggy simpson
March 9, 2009 2:58 PM

how can a computer be tracked down who is sending txts to a cell phone a code to reply to message

Kevin
March 10, 2009 8:54 PM

The simplest way, well the ONLY way that I know(!) is if your mobile provider gives you free online texts every month. O2 in Ireland give us 250, the facilities on their site are excellent. Phone book, group texts and much more. I think most providers give free texts.

k

ashwin
March 31, 2009 6:30 PM

Is there any software in the net so that i can download and use it for my personal purposes other than the website which is offering it.

megan
April 13, 2009 1:33 PM

i have a question, say if you have yahoo messenger and send a text to a phone...if it's from the same comeputer will the number be the same? or maybe a 1 number difference if its two different yahoo ids? thanks

drew edwards
April 13, 2009 5:33 PM

is there an email address that will go to ANY provider?

mrgroove
April 13, 2009 11:21 PM

@Drew - No. Each Mobile phone has an email assigned by it's carrier.

@Kevin - Thanks for the link. glad you appreciated the article.

Ravi Agrawal
April 15, 2009 3:55 AM

Well, not exactly about SMS but since this discussion falls into IMs on mobile phones, one can try Fring (it supports Chats in yahoo, msn, twitter, gtalk, & many more). It also supports sendng of files via the messenger, though not all messenger services are supported. It supports VOIP too & Gtalk users can use the mobile with Fring to save on international calling costs. Only requirements are a java enabled phone with an Internet Data plan / Wifi hotspot (if the phone has builtin wifi). Last but not the least, it is free.

Website www.fring.com

Ravi.

Mark
April 20, 2009 1:25 PM

In Europe since the person who receives an sms doesn't pay, in most cases there aren't any email addresses to send an sms to. But there are services such as GMX.net and Web.de in Germany that allow you to send sms by computer for a small fee. GMX gives 10 free per month. There must be a similar deal n most countries.

J. Ward
April 22, 2009 9:53 AM

There is a site that is pretty good for most people www.txt2day.com the only con I see to this site is the fact that you have to know their service provider. Cheers

dimple
April 23, 2009 12:46 AM

Hi,I have a 3G iPhone and just trying to figure out how to use it.Can Google (gmail or Google talk) be used to send a text message to a phone? We are trying to not do phone to phone texting.I have Google App on the iPhone, so i know that I can log onto Google Talk, but it times out very fast. The new Yahoo lets you do computer to cell texting like how to play online keno can Google?

vinod
April 23, 2009 9:07 PM

I am residing in India, using vodaphone(Hutch).
Country : India.
State : Karnataka
District : Bangalore.
I used my 10 digit number, what should be the remaining address to send SMS to my mobile.
Thanks in Advance

Sharon
April 24, 2009 9:44 AM

This worked beautifully! Thanks!!!

BJ Kochendorfer
April 30, 2009 12:47 PM

Where would I find the addresses of all the different providers? Example: Sprint is ..the cell phone number@messaging.sprintpcs.com If someone knows where they might be listed, that would be great.

nancy crocco
May 1, 2009 8:42 AM

i need to save text message for court. i am afraid they will be lost. my sprint lg rumor hold only 100. my verizon razor held 2yrs worth. how to do. what phone to use. HELP

kelly
May 2, 2009 7:03 AM

how do i send a text message from msn? how do i set it up?

Wilf
May 5, 2009 7:45 AM

I use TextMagic to keep in touch will all my clients all over the world. Great Program

Clyde
May 6, 2009 11:21 PM

Make sure your recipient wants to receive text messages before communicating via text. If they have Verizon, for instance, and are not paying extra for text service, then each text message they recive on their Verizon cell phone will cost 25 cents.

nabiha
May 11, 2009 11:12 PM

can we send an sms from computer to the the cell phone even when the phone internet is not activated?

Sure. SMS on the phone is not related to the internet or any phone's data plan.
- Leo
13-May-2009

Andrwe
May 15, 2009 12:48 PM

T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

Kristin
May 26, 2009 9:35 AM

AT&T texting via email: (phone number)@mms.att.net

ARIS LENTZOS
May 26, 2009 2:40 PM

THERE ARE SEVERAL BETAMAX VOIP PROGRAMS WHICH ENABLE SEND, EITHER FREE OR VERY CHEAP, SMS FROM PC TO CELL PHONES

Lee Nelson Guptill
June 1, 2009 2:05 PM

I had no idea you could send e-mail to a cell phone #. I told hubby about it, and now he takes photos on his cell phone and sends them to my e-mail address. (We don't own a digital camera - gasp!) They are really quite good pictures. I hope to be able to save them to a disk and have hard copies made from that. Everything I know about computers I have learned from your site. Keep up the good work!

Joe
June 7, 2009 8:48 AM

Go To Your Email Send A Messages To

##########@vtext.com

and you will get a text I am not sure if it works with other services

RB
June 12, 2009 3:36 PM

This is all good, but is there an easy way to set up my home PC to receive ALL of my messages from my phone, (SMS and pictures), so that I can save them forever? On a smaller scale, can I SMS my PC without a smartphone or an internet package?

Tom Anderson
June 15, 2009 7:23 AM

If it's under 10 digits (CSC), you should try this site. Most only allow full 10 digit numbers, but this one routes them through their GSM modem, if it's CSC. I ran a radio contest a few weeks ago, and we had a 5 digit code. I sent some test texts to our number, and it worked perfectly. A little delayed (maybe a minute or so), but still got there eventually. They allow 10 digits numbers too, those are much easier to test. Those come through almost immediately.

http://www.fivedigittext.com/

Danielle
June 15, 2009 2:06 PM

G-mail Labs has a feature that allows you to send SMS messages via the chat. You can also receive messages back. When you start typing in the little area where it shows "Search, Add or Invite" you'll get an option for SMS. Click on it to add the person and you'll get a window to type the message.

**This is currently only for US phones!**

sandeep
June 17, 2009 11:51 PM

whether we can send the sms to cellphone if the mobile is not having the internet capability

yanisa Joaquin
June 20, 2009 6:41 PM

i wana text my friends but how do i do it 4rm a labtop?? please help me

Angel
June 22, 2009 12:41 PM

my friend has alltel. how do i send a message to him from my computer? i'm not for sure what the whole address would be.

rashad heyward
June 22, 2009 3:10 PM

i use to have that problem not knowing what to do angel but alot of my friends have alltel so i had to figure it out now that i figure it out i text them from my computer everyday.how you do it is ##########@message.alltel.com

sms
June 23, 2009 2:08 AM

You can send sms between computer and cell phone with various of programs like ICQ. Also you can use text2land.com to send sms to landline phones and to reply from landline phone to cell phone.

Tom Anderson
June 29, 2009 9:31 AM

Try www.fivedigittext.com to send free text messages from your PC. If you register (for free), you can receive replies too!

Laurie Campbell
June 29, 2009 7:29 PM

I would like to send a text message to China I live in Australia and they can not recive '
Regards Laurie Campbell

Petrovick
July 3, 2009 2:16 PM

www.textem.net ....you can just go to that website and make an account...
P.S= You must know what kind of operator the phone that yoiu are sending the message is, For example; Sprint,Verizon,T-Mobile.

jennifer
July 15, 2009 9:18 PM

how can i txt my friend if he has metropcs?

Kaitlyn
July 20, 2009 1:50 PM

Is there Such thing where you can Look at your Text message's on the Computer and send them or something if so can I have a Link

prince
July 29, 2009 3:23 AM

i am a nigerian boy mtn services and nokia 7360 phone but i can't send message to my email or vice versa. please help me
thank you

chesilbeach
August 1, 2009 2:38 AM

We live in the UK and have friends who live in CUBA,can we send a text message from our computer to our friends mobile phone in CUBA.The network in CUBA is CUBACELL.
Thanks for any help you can give..

kamya william
August 2, 2009 9:24 PM

I want to send group massage

Bob
August 13, 2009 11:17 AM

Texting from a computer to a cell phone what is the address for AT&T
##########@ What is AT&T.com

sathesh
August 21, 2009 11:18 PM

Bulk SMS best provider for sending text messaging worldwide from pc to cellphone

taylor johnson
August 26, 2009 7:28 PM

Okay..this information is great, but i need a site that will actually work, unlike yahoo...

Rmal
August 31, 2009 4:25 AM

There are many websites available for sending online message..I have already tried couple of the.

http://www.smsfi.com
http://www.mginger.com

Ricky
September 15, 2009 12:07 PM

what about sms gateway to Revol wireless?

Swyft
September 24, 2009 9:41 AM

Try Free texts from UKTXT.co.uk works great for me. Definitely recommend it.

Max Powers
September 27, 2009 4:43 PM

How to send email to a phone
SMS isn't just for sending text messages from one phone to another -- it's also a great way to get email messages on your phone.

Yes, you can get email on your phone! All you need to know is your cell phone's email address.

Most carriers have "SMS gateways" which take email messages from the Internet and deliver them to their customers' cell phones as SMS text messages. The trick is that you need to know what carrier the recipient's phone is on -- it's not enough to know their phone number. That's because the carrier determines what the email address of the receiving phone is going to be. For example, Cingular phones' address are all "something@cingularme.com" while Verizon phones are "something@vtext.com."

Sound complicated? It's not. All you really need to do is find your carrier in the list below, and then use the pattern shown there to figure out your email address. If you want to send email to a friend's phone, just ask them which carrier they use, and off you go!

(Note: For each carrier, I'll include a link to a page with more detailed information on how SMS works with that carrier, how much it costs, and where you can find more information. In the list below, just click any carrier's highlighted name to find out more.)


Alltel
[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
Example: 2125551212@message.alltel.com

AT&T (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
Example: 2125551212@txt.att.net

Boost Mobile
[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
Example: 2125551212@myboostmobile.com

Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Example: 7035551234@messaging.nextel.com

Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Example: 2125551234@messaging.sprintpcs.com

T-Mobile
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Example: 4251234567@tmomail.net

Verizon
[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
Example: 5552223333@vtext.com

Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 5551234567@vmobl.com

Note: If all this seems complicated, there's an easier way to send email to any phone, no matter what its carrier. Just address it to [10-digit phone number]@teleflip.com
Example: 2125551212@teleflip.com
More information on Teleflip

Pete
October 11, 2009 3:03 PM

here is a good vid on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMG1a0j9p2o

Tami
November 13, 2009 2:48 PM

I've been able to type my to-do lists (grocery lists, reminders, etc) on my PC and then have it sent to my cell phone as a SMS internet link. Selecting that link will open it up in the cell phone's internet browser.

The beauty of it is that you're not limited to SMS' short character limit. Yes, you must have internet capability on your cell phone, but it is a convenient free product - http://lists2go.mobi

I use it whenever I'm going shopping and don't want to forget my list. After all, I always have my cell phone with me.

Ana
November 29, 2009 4:54 PM

I have been sending SMS messages thru my yahoo just by using the cell phone number. but how do i recover those once i have logged out. is there a way to do this?

Harpo
November 30, 2009 9:31 AM

The cell numbers I've used for teleflip.com come back as "failure" messages, and the cell numbers were active numbers.

Is there another universal domain I can use to send texts to cell phones?

Christine
December 6, 2009 6:02 PM

ok...so if i have unlimited texting with my plan, will text messaging to the internet and receiving cost? Like, will i be charged for this? Or will the unlimited texting cover that?

Robert
December 15, 2009 7:29 AM

Try a site called http://www.textyourbuddy.com. They are in the works with allowing you to text from your computer.

Crystal Patterson
January 8, 2010 1:52 PM

You are able to text with your computer. It's on yahoo. If you go to your mail then go to new and there will be a list and one of them will say text. there will also be compose and chat. click text then type in the number and youll be texting away if the cell phone user aplys back to the text you sent.

Josephine
January 8, 2010 9:00 PM

Similar to Christine's question above, I am with Bell, and have unlimited incoming and outgoing text messages. #1 Will I incur additional costs to receive a text message sent to me at my cell phone email address from a pc? and #2 Will I incur additional costs for sending a text to an email address, ie. the recipient of the text is _____@hotmail.com, for example. Thank you in advance.

There's no way I could know that. It depends entirely on exactly what you're doing, your mobile carrier, and your exact mobile plan. Check with yoru carrier.
Leo
09-Jan-2010

Roy
January 11, 2010 4:35 PM

The text address for Nextel is your cell number (10 numbers) ##########@messaging.nextel.com

The text address for sprint is your cell number (10 numbers) ##########@messaging.sprint.pc.com

I am looking for the address for T-Mobile. Does anyone know it?

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January 14, 2010 11:53 AM

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Rich
January 18, 2010 5:25 AM

Service Provider Device Address Example
AT&T your cell phone number@txt.att.net 4443332222@txt.att.net
Nextel your cell phone number@messaging.nextel.com 4443332222@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS your cell phone number@messaging.sprintpcs.com 4443332222@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile your cell phone number@tmomail.net 4443332222@tmomail.net
Verizon your cell phone number@vtext.com 4443332222@vtext.com

Bod
January 23, 2010 9:55 AM

That is all very well if you know the network that the recipient is on. But often all you have is a number with no network information. What then? It must be possible as any mobile network must deliver cross network messages without always knowing which network it is going to.

Also, in the UK most if not all carriers have done away with their email to SMS gateways.

Twanna
January 29, 2010 9:49 AM

i am recieving text from a computer but it is giving me a number but the text are nasty can i find out where they are coming from.

sara
February 2, 2010 3:06 PM

you mentioned, "The reverse may also work. Again, using Verizon I was able to send a message via SMS on my phone to my email address." how exactly did you send your message to email? i'd like to do this myself.

Karthik
February 4, 2010 6:31 AM

Check out this awesome site for more info on how to send messages between a computer and a cell phone:http://dtechwiz.blogspot.com/2010/02/e-mail-sending-made-easy-now-you-can.html

Amber
February 6, 2010 12:05 PM

I have a telus phone and want to send things off my computer to it what do i put as the email address? For example AT&T's is your cell phone number@txt.att.net 4443332222@txt.att.net but what is telus'?

Giora Keinan
February 7, 2010 4:30 AM

you can us CapsCake in order to find the mobile provider email automatically and launch the email client. CapsCake Uses public data in order to locate the mobile phone carrier.
CapsCake is free text launcher and sending SMS is one of its features.
enjoy
Giora

Davie
February 9, 2010 5:38 PM

The only place i can get to send an im through my email messenger is meebo.com. I use hotmail but it says it works with others (And yes, it's free)

Alex
February 17, 2010 3:03 PM

Ya there can be a text msg sending between computer and mobile, but it should be online.


cellphonemessages

janell
February 17, 2010 3:32 PM

i want to find out how to text a verizon cell phone from this computer

Pearl
February 18, 2010 6:54 AM

I want to know how to send a text from an AT&T cell phone to an email

Anonymous
February 19, 2010 2:12 PM

Hi can you help me please?
i have this project. a have a barcode scanner that will scan for certain information like name of course i have this database. my question is this can i send the name of the barcode holder when he scan it to my cellphone?

Please help me!

Maxwell Masy
March 5, 2010 10:24 PM

Is it possible to send email message by cell phone, Nokia 1661 to a 97..... cell phone number to Bangalore, India?

Cecilia
March 8, 2010 7:20 PM

This title attracts me. It's so interesting that if i can send text messages between a computer and a cell phone. Whether the New Smart Phone has this founction or it needs any other technology?

clare
March 12, 2010 5:07 PM

I need to send a text message from my laptop to an at&t cell phone, and a t-mobile cell phone(us phone #) in Mexico. How do I do this?

Candace
March 22, 2010 11:30 AM

Someone sent text messages to my phone that said it was from my friends number. My friend did not send the messages. Could this be from someone fraudulanty using texting from a computer?

william
March 24, 2010 8:56 PM

My computer (outlook messaging ) was getting emails and then would send the email to my cell phone ( sprint. Now suddenly it has stopped sending the emails. It says the following...CAN YOU HELP ME ?? see below
This report relates to a message you sent with the following header fields:

Message-id:
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:35:35 -0700
From:
To:
Subject:

Your message cannot be delivered to the following recipients:

Recipient address: "310 xxxxxxxxx"@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Original address: 310 xxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Reason: Server rejected MAIL FROM address.
Diagnostic code: smtp;552 size limit exceeded
Remote system: dns;mx.messaging.sprintpcs.com (TCP|206.46.173.3|36290|68.28.217.6|25) (lxnipc6003.nmcc.sprintspectrum.com ESMTP)

Seems pretty obvious to me: "size limit exceeded" right there in the message. Your message is too big.
Leo
26-Mar-2010
rhondali
March 28, 2010 6:51 AM

how can i set up my black berry phone to get my email and texts on my home computers off my mobile

bob
April 1, 2010 1:40 AM

Hello Friends...
Check out the new smsjive.com for sending unlimited sms to any part of the world for absolutely free! its a free and unlimited service and we can access it through our mobile phones too, provided we can internet facility in our phones.

Rebecca
April 3, 2010 5:49 AM

there is not much information on telling me how to send a message from my phone to my pc i need more informationn to do so.

James Cartin
April 12, 2010 11:42 PM

yeah it is possible now
you can send messages from your gadgets to computer and computer to gadget (cellphone).

kathleen
April 14, 2010 2:29 PM

I want to send groups of e-mails to many people from my computer to many cell phones at the same time to make group annoucements but I don't know how to do this. I have a DROID (with verizon), and a desktop with comcast as my internet provider. Please help me.

ambteck
April 20, 2010 4:43 PM

What is the deal with these multiple text message to thousands of recepients

carl
May 31, 2010 6:39 AM

Do I have to know which service provider the recipient of my text message has before sending from my computer?

I believe so, yes, otherwise you wouldn't know where to send it.
Leo
02-Jun-2010

Eric Vaughn
June 10, 2010 1:56 AM

"What is the deal with these multiple text message to thousands of recepients"

The reason they want to know how to send multiple text messages to thousands of recepients is for spam texts. So you thought Spam Mail was enough did ya?

Denise
June 23, 2010 3:49 AM

if I send a message to a cell phone from my computer and that cell phone has unlimited texting,and the recipient sends a message back to the email, will the person with the cell phone be charged to send the text back, possibly thru apps

Cory Moore
July 14, 2010 6:59 AM

if i txt someone's verizon phone from the internet does it use their data plan or does it count as a txt message to txt me back?

Sylvia
July 22, 2010 2:02 AM

Regarding SMS, you said, "In all cases, remember that this is email based". Does that mean it is just as unsafe to send things like cred.card #s via texting as it is via email?

No idea about phone to phone, but the article is about using email to send SMS, and email is email, and thus email is in the clear.
Leo
22-Jul-2010

cameron
October 18, 2010 4:42 PM

f i txt someone's verizon phone from the internet does it use their data plan or does it count as a txt message to txt me back?

Depends entirely on their plan, but for the most part where the message comes from or goes to means little. If they pay per SMS message, then it's an SMS message.
Leo
19-Oct-2010

Jane D
October 28, 2010 4:32 PM

You can do it for free, using this link:

http://www.txtdrop.com/

electronics fan
November 22, 2010 7:29 PM

if I send a message to a cell phone from my computer and that cell phone has unlimited texting,and the recipient sends a message back to the email, will the person with the cell phone be charged to send the text back, possibly thru apps

I have no idea. It depends entirely on the recipients mobile provider and the fine print in their contract.
Leo
24-Nov-2010

sherry
November 27, 2010 4:47 PM

I have several text messages on my cell phone that I want to send to my computer to print. Is this possible? I do have internet on my phone.

MIKLO
January 4, 2011 11:57 AM

I use a company called ipipi to send text to Europe using my computer,one reason is my mobile service charges alot of $.I think there are more companies that do this and also for the States.

steve
January 10, 2011 8:21 PM

the program TextMessagePLUS from http://safcosoftware.com also does all of this. It allows a user to send a text message to all major carriers without knowing who the carrier is. Best part is the basic program is free.

Mark
January 12, 2011 11:04 PM

Hello,
I'm mark, and im a student a computer science course
and have a thesis right now.

i'd like to ask you on how can i send a sms message using my web site. that was my Thesis Project.
and what are the devices that i need to buy or to use for sending a SMS message using my web site

i hope for your feed back message
if you had an idea about the.
you can send through my email account
{removed by moderator}@yahoo.com

or replay here.
thanks and more power. ^_^

Text Message
February 2, 2011 5:55 PM

it's been several years since your article and now there are several sites that allow text messaging without using your cell phone. If you lose your phone you can send yourself a text using a number of online services. A free one located here: http://www.searchbug.com/tools/free-text-messaging.aspx

larry hawkins
April 21, 2011 12:21 PM

i can recieve pictures and text from verizion cells but cant email back.

Lisa
April 27, 2011 7:40 PM

I am recieving nast txt messages from a computer to my cell phone and I am trying to find out if I know who it is because they are saying very personal stuff and I want to put a stop to it! can you please give me any advice on how to find out and have peace and quiet in me and my childrens lives

Contact your mobile provider for assistance.
Leo
27-Apr-2011

Mimi
May 4, 2011 3:38 PM

Can you please tell me the abbrevietions of all cell phone when i do text from sms to cell phones. Thank you for the information you've printed and for clarifying this for the viewers

SHK
July 20, 2011 7:05 PM

I'd like to know how this works internally, as in I'd like to make a program program for this...

Natasha M.
November 22, 2011 10:27 AM

is there any way possible to send a text message to your cell phone from the computer? if so can you provide me with some of the websites?... Thank you.

Connie
November 22, 2011 1:10 PM

@Natasha
Two well-known ways to do it are with Skype
http://www.skype.com

And Yahoo Messenger
http://messenger.yahoo.com

Jeff
November 30, 2011 7:24 AM

there is a program that will allow you to send an sms to your phone from your computer, go to messenger.yahoo.com and download and install yahoo messenger. there is no cost for sending sms messages to your cell phone from yahoo. all you do is look at your messenger at the bar where you can type in a name or email address and type the phone number you wish to text. then right click the phone number which will show up in your contacts list, left click, sms, a text box will appear, type your message and press enter.

davidneumann2001@yahoo.com
February 22, 2012 10:49 AM

try txt2day.com works for me and cellphonemessagesender.com also works well and a favorite i signed up an account but is not needed to use the free site to send messages is www.textem.net

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