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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?
This is how (see link below) I send text messages from my PC
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.
Just sign on to aim and put it like this
open a im window
type in this in the to box
plus sign area code then number
Hey there everyone!!! Okay um here is the website I use for txt messaging off the computer to a phone:
You can use aim to send text messages, type the screen name as "+##########" without spaces
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!
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.
Here's a list of email-to-text-message addresses: www.jetcityorange.com/cellphone
T-Mobile does have an address where you send text messages from email directly to a phone. the address is @tmomail.net.
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