If we have a quick question to ask a friend it is usually a lot easier to shoot them a text instead of calling. Now days people use text messages to carry on full conversations. But what if you don’t have your cell phone or your cell phone plan charges you per text message? Or what if you are at work and have access to email, but could get in trouble if seen with your phone out all the time? Well did you know you can send a text message from your email? Most all of the wireless carriers have whats called SMS Gateways. These are email address that are assigned to your phone.
Sending a Text From Your Email
If you wanted to send your friend a text message from your email and they used Verizon Wireless you would send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (1235551234 is their phone #). The message would go to their text message inbox. The text message has your email address as the reply address so that when they respond it comes right back to your email.
Note: It is free to send an email, but it may not be free to receive text messages. You may want to check with the person receiving the messages first.
Common US SMS Gateways
|AT&T Wirelessemail@example.com (SMS)
|AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular)||firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sprint (PCS)||email@example.com SMS)
|Sprint (Nextel)||firstname.lastname@example.org (SMS)
email@example.com (Rich Messaging)
|Straight Talk||mobile-number@VTEXT.COM (SMS)
|U.S. Cellularfirstname.lastname@example.org (SMS)
|Virgin Mobileemail@example.com (SMS)
For more SMS Gateways check out the Wiki SMS Gateway List.
Don’t know what your friend’s wireless provider is? You can find out at http://tnid.us/