This may not be news for a lot of people, but you can send text messages via email, for free, to most major cellular providers. This tip is stellar in that it is part stupid frugal trick (save money on texting from your cell phone by emailing for free), part productivity (you can probably type faster from a normal QWERTY keyboard than a phone), and part tech geek. This article includes step-by-step instructions on how to text from email.
SMS Vs. MMS
First a primer on SMS versus MMS. SMS, or Short Message Service is also commonly referred to as a “text message”. With a SMS, you can send a message of up to 160 characters to another device. Longer messages will automatically be split up into multiple texts. Most mobile phones support this type of text messaging. Using an SMS gateway is great if you only want to send strictly text messages to someone with a basic text plan.
MMS, or Multimedia Messaging Service can be used to send longer messages and/or pictures, video, or audio content. It is most commonly used to send a photo taken with a camera phone to another phone. Most new mobile phones with multimedia capabilities support MMS. Due to the added capabilities, it often makes sense to send message via an MMS gateway if both are available. If the recipient has a more basic plan and cannot receive the message (e.g. image or video), then you can revert to an SMS gateway (and opt to send the media in an email instead).
How to Send a Text Message Via Email (List of SMS & MMS Gateways):
To send a text message via email, you must use a SMS or MMS to email gateway (email address). Just substitute a 10-digit cell phone number for ‘number’ for each carrier below:
- AT&T: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Boost Mobile: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- C-Spire: [email protected]
- Consumer Cellular: [email protected]
- Cricket: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Google Fi (Project Fi): [email protected] (SMS & MMS)
- H2O Wireless: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Metro by T-Mobile: [email protected] (SMS & MMS)
- Mint Mobile: [email protected]mailmymobile.net (SMS)
- Page Plus: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Red Pocket: Red Pocket uses AT&T or T-Mobile (for GSM SIMs) & Verizon for CDMA. See info. for those carriers.
- Republic Wireless: [email protected] (SMS)
- Simple Mobile: [email protected] (SMS)
- Sprint: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- T-Mobile: [email protected] (SMS & MMS)
- Ting: [email protected] (SMS for CDMA), [email protected] (SMS for GSM)
- Tracfone: [email protected] (MMS)
- Ultra Mobile: [email protected]
- U.S. Cellular: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- U.S. Mobile: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Verizon: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Virgin Mobile: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Visible: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
- Xfinity Mobile: [email protected] (SMS), [email protected] (MMS)
If your provider does not have a gateway address listed here, most providers use one or multiple of the 5 largest networks in the US: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. T-Mobile recently purchased Sprint, but Sprint’s network is still active. If a provider isn’t listed here, you could find out which network is being used by that provider (usually listed under cellular network settings on the phone) and test the gateways above for those networks. AT&T and T-Mobile are used for GSM phones and Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon are used for CDMA phones.
Making the Most of Texting from Email
To take this to the next level from a productivity standpoint, I’d recommend creating ‘contacts’ within your email account so that you aren’t constantly looking up all of those cell numbers that you don’t have memorized each time you send an email.
How to Add Cell Numbers for Text Messaging in Gmail Contacts:
In the following example, I’m going to add my mother’s cell to my Gmail contacts. Let’s say that her phone provider is Verizon and her number is (555)123-4567. You should be able to set up contacts through most email programs (if you can’t, switch to Gmail).
1. Go to contacts.google.com:
2. Click the “Create contact” button (upper left corner):
3. Put in contact’s ‘name’ and the word ‘cell’ to clarify between email and cell contacts in both the “First Name” and “Nickname” (under “Show More”) fields:
4. When composing a new text message in Gmail, simply type in the new contact, enter your text, and send!
What About Texting To Email (Instead of Texting from Email?
Texting to email instructions are much easier than texting from email, and there are plenty of uses for it.
Texting through Email Topics
- What text message productivity tips have you found to be useful?
- Have you figured out any other ways to save on text messages?
- Are there any providers I’ve missed?
And it doesn’t charge you? Sweet. Great tip.
My friend has SK telecom how can she send email texts?
Have your friend send text to your email. Then keep the reply path. Duh buddy
Just answer the question and help someone out, no need to be rude.
I just tried to text message from my “gmail” via @sms.mycricket.com and it wouldn’t work … I am REAL sure that I did exactly as “G.E. Miller” said … but the “text message” did not arrive at me phone.
Any help would be appreciated.
Been using this in our communications center for a few years now. If you are on email, simply address it to (the phone number) @ (put in the carriers text set up). Such as [email protected], tmomail.net, txt.att.net and so on. Sometime is works best to put short messages in the subject block. Others can send short messages in the body. All kinds of code follows, so keep signature blocks and such out. Also be aware some phones (like ATT) will not get email-2-text, when they are on their home network. Good luck. We cut calling all our firefighters in from 25 minutes to 30 second by building and email group. I have also heard it be used for school parent alerts. Just have to keep the numbers and carriers up to date.
Keep your ignorance to yourself Ala frigging Ba Ba.In this country we try to be civil otherwise head to the nearest airport and do us all a big favor…..get out.
He did say “buddy” so that makes it okayer.
But apparently, in this country we’re still racist af! Did it occur to you, 1. You have no idea where he was born based on 3 little letters, and 2. People are ruDE because they are rude, even, (GASP!) right here in good old’ America. Sometimes I wonder who people like you would have to hate if the continents never drifted apart…. simplton. Smh.
Can you reply to an SMS received from email?
You can use this trick for sending voice mail converted to text from your landline to a text instead of email. I personally do not check new emails to my personal email accounts as I get them but I do check my texts real time.
wait so can u send attachments like uhm. songs and stuff to people. lets say i want to send a song to my phone. but i dont have internet browser. i have unlimited text,pic and email. but im not sure if email texts bill as internet use. if it doesnt can i send stuff from my email to my phone?
Nope, attachments seam to be removed (at least with verizon), though I expect you could text say an image back to the email and access it on the computer, so it’s somewhat of a one-way gate for attachments.
This is not true. You can send attachments. The extension is different thought. As for verizon it is [email protected]
I tried sending someone a text message to boost moblie but it seems it didn work and I can’t tell them to send a message to my email. Any ideas? Anybody??
@Nathan – Haven’t tried attachments out yet. If it works and your provider doesn’t charge you, check back and let us know.
waht about for criket?
What about Boost mobile and other non contract phones?
All non-contract phone carriers (also known as MVNOs) in the US use one of the four major networks to carry their calls, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.
I use H2O Wireless which is an AT&T MVNO. So the [email protected] works for me. I have a friend who uses Black Wireless, another ATT MVNO and it works for him too. These are the only two I have tested, so I don’t know it it will work for others, but it’s worth a try.
To find out which network your MVNO uses go here
and scroll down the column to where it says Network.
You can also get an idea by comparing the coverage maps. If it is orange, it’s probably AT&T. If it’s pink it’s T-Mobile. Also, sometimes there is a Wikipedia article on the MVNO, which will tell you which network it uses.
Just want to understand.if I’m on Verizon do I create [email protected] for all my contacts or do I use there provider after there number for txt messages
In my Gmail contacts, I just added another custom field under phone numbers and called email text” and entered the contacts mobile number plus the extension there.
Straight talk non contract phones This will work for pics
Hi! We are going to try to use this texting through email at my facility. It works, but there is a HUGE paragraph that automatically comes along with the message about confidentiality, etc. How can I get rid of this?
@Mary – That block of disclaimer text at the bottom of your emails is being automatically attached from some sort of email gateway service that IT has setup for your company. Other than sending the message from another external address, I doubt you’ll be able to get rid of it. You could ask them to exclude an address. Maybe request a shared mailbox that you could use for sending from? Just a thought…
Mr. Miller: Can I convert incoming text messages to my email, or resend them myself from my Tracfone to my email?
How does the message show up on your cell bill? Or the receivers?
Is there anyway it can be sent anonymously…..I don’t want my name or number to show up to the receiver. Thanks, Chris
i dont think so but it seems like you are hiding something
This is an anonymous sign up, we all are. And so what? People should be allowed some privacy.
we did this for our church, had to create a separate email acct., The email acct name shows up. when we first tested it, we used my email, my name was listed. so I don’t think you can do it anonymously.
I can’t get the ATT text messages to work at the above address. Do I have to send out one message at a time?
here’s one to add to the list, was hard to get too.
boost mobile [email protected]
Content of message would not go through for us at first.
this did work.
Hi! I know this has been here a while but I’m hoping someone is still around to help me! I’ve been trying to forward an email from my gmail account to my husband’s boost mobile. I’ve tried it with @myboostmobile.com, @sms.Myboostmobile.com,
@mms.myboostmobile.com. I even tried it without using the word my. Oh and I’ve put his 10 digits before all of them, of course. None of them have worked.I got mail delivery notices on the one without “my” and the one with “mms” stating they had permanently failed because there was no such domain. I didn’t receive one on the first two I listed here but they still didn’t go thru. Since Sprint has bought out Boost but didn’t change the name is it possible that I might should be using the one for Sprint. Also, I’ve already tried sending myself a text to my email because mine is boost as well, before anyone wants to be rude. Anyway, it didn’t work,something’s on my galaxy s3 are synced automatically so all it showed was my email stress. It looked like I emailed my own email account! Lol I really need too get him this email but I’m at a loss. As anybody out there? Can anyone help me please?! Even if you can’t have a blessed day and thanks for starting this in the first place, I’ve read thru the posts and learned several things I didn’t know, so I really appreciate you helping others! You must have some really great karma by now! Lol. I gotta laugh out I may just start screaming and break my phone!
Chris, when you send text messages from email, the text message will have your email address but it won’t have your phone number..is that what you’re asking? So the receiver will have whatever name your email is set up for but no number will be displayed. BTW, sending anonymous = fishy.
Yes Matt – you should always disclose all your information when txting or emailing people. Name, address and phone number are very important that everyone knows whom they are talking with. To help people be more comfortable with you, also send you birth date, SSN, mothers maiden name, all credit card and bank account numbers and all pins. ( I really enjoy talking with stupid people.)
Hey Matt – I’m commenting so much lately than this post (5 years) that everyone may have gone by now, but, thanks to this page, I tried it for the first time last night and it actually did show my e-mail address to the recipient. See my individual posting for more really interesting information about what I’ve learned and the 4-digit codes (someone has probably already mentioned this – lol).
And, Matt, some people are just jerks. You try to help and there’s always at least one person that has to say something nasty and can’t just be grateful for the info. Well, I am! All this information has been super helpful and opened a whole new world for my friends, because I refuse to pay for texting on my phone (have a great OLD plan-includes rollover mins.-lol) when I pay enough already for home computer internet service (no internet on my phone either)! This makes us both happy. I’m also not a person attached to my phone, so they can text to my e-mail, but know they aren’t necessarily going to get an immediate response if I’m away from my computer. LOVE IT!!! Thanks everyone!
THANKS Matt! for taking the time to post the info. I’ve done this b4 but it’s so few and far between (like leaving my cell phone at home) that I forget how to do it, so your post was great help AND your productivity idea was a great idea as well. Quote: “To take this to the next level from a productivity standpoint, I’d recommend creating ‘contacts’ within your email account so that you aren’t constantly looking up all of those cell numbers that you don’t have memorized each time you send an email.”
This tip has been very useful and my friends receive my text I send from my e-mail, however, I am not receiving their text messages back to my e-mail I only receive this. “This mobile text message is brought to you by AT&T” but no message from my friends. What am I doing wrong?
I am having the same problem.
MOST of the time the emails to text work outgoing and incoming. But several times I’ve gotten the same message as AISL.
Has anyone been able to correct this?
Try having your husband text to your email and see if the reply address shows.
This is great to use, especially when you don’t have a phone. I do this all the time with my friends.
I have a relience india mobile (RIM)-CDMA how can i use this method
also tel me BSNL also
I’m Fom UP-East, india
my girl has a metro pcs phone and i would like to send her msgs via email to her cell but would u please explain it in terms for dummies please. I’m not understanding exactly how or maybe u can just email me and explain better. thx im a lil slow to learn
how do you send one to cricket mobile?
Hello are you getting this .
add [email protected] and if u want to send mms jst change da sms. …2…[email protected]
Hey can someone help me find out the sms for movilnet? I can’t find anything! haha
Ok, so you send a text message from your email account to someone’s cell phone using the method you’ve described. And when they reply to that text, does their message come back to your email account?
Mav, no, if the recipient replies to the text, it will not come back to your email account.
Actually I’ve tried it since posting that comment, and their texts do come back to my Gmail account, which is vital for this to be a really useful future, so I’m definitely glad about that. One person even transitioned from responding by text, to signing into her gmail account to continue the conversation, and gmail seamlessly kept the conversation going in the same chat window for me. When she switched from her phone to gmail, it just started showing her name on each message instead of her phone number. And of course it’s all saved in my Gmail chat history. Gmail is smooth.
Here’s the more important question: how can I determine a person’s wireless carrier, if I can’t otherwise contact them to ask them? This is a legitimate need, because if I’m texting them from my Gmail account, it’s often because I can’t easily contact them another way. There are websites that allow you to input the number and they output the service that provided the number, with varying degrees of success, but I don’t know of any solution that really works well for this. If anyone knows of the best website for this, please post.
go to white pages.com and do a reverse phone number look up
Hi Mav – yes, you are correct on the reply feature. Very nice. I Googled and found this site for reverse carrier lookup: http://freesms.1888usa.com/revcell.htm
Not sure how accurate it is though. Asking is always the safest bet, I suppose.
This site no longer works.
Why don’t you or someone publish the method our cell phones use to correctly route dialed phone numbers?
What about getting a reply from the person that you texted to. Is that possible? And if so, how do you do it?
When you text a person from Gmail, that person simply replies to that text. Their reply shows up in the Gmail chat window you’re using to text them, or as an email in your Gmail inbox.
UNLESS you set the reply-to feature to come back to your phone. The default feature of any e-mail is that the replies will go back to wherever you’ve mailed from. If you want the replies to go backto your phone, just set the reply-to feature as your phone # and its e-mail address.
And to all the dolts not bothering to read the rest of the thread before asking, ANY carrier is given an e-mail assignment. If you want to know what yours is, just e-mail yourself from your phone and pull the address in the ”from” field. It’s not rocket science.
Thanks for the blog, I have a question: I don’t have texting in my mobile device but I do have email. Following your instructions I could now sent txt via email, but How could other mobile devices that I have not send an email as txt send me a text? Ex. Say my friend only has my phone number and wants to send me a txt, how could they do this?
Help is appreciated
Juan, so you’re saying that if your mobile device does not support texting and your friend only has your phone number, then how can he send you a text that you’ll somehow receive elsewhere? That I do not know of a way to do. I wish I had a service where all my text messages coming from and to my mobile phone number could be retrieved, archived, and sent online in addition to my own phone, and such a service would fit what you’re looking for as well. But I don’t know of such a service. However, if your friend also had your email address, he could simply send a text message from his phone to your email address. It’s the exact same thing as texting someone’s phone, but instead of sending the text to a phone number, he sends to your email address.
I realize this is an old article, but still found it. In order to send messages to Verizon phones you will need to use “@vzwpix.com” instead of “@vtext.com”
Hey will this work if the mobile is in a diffrent country ? For example. I am in Canada but my friend i wanna email/text live in the U.S. Can i use this method for that ?
@Aphrodite: I believe most or all of the wireless carriers in that list are in the USA. It makes no difference where in the world you are when you send the text message from your email account. So yes, you should be able to use this method.
It didn’t work for me, I have At&t.
It did work for me after all. There is just a LONG delay….takes about 3o minutes to reach the recipent.
I so sent earlier messages. But became now cheap to call if to use ip a telephony with a call back and consequently sms from the computer I do not send. Thanks for the information
im texting a at&t phone and there getting my text and texting back but im not getting the text in my email. ive texted verizon and boost mobile and i get the text back just fine. y am i not getting text back from at&t phones.
I’m sure you’ve gotten answers about this by now, but have you asked the person who received the text what they see in the “From” area? I did this last night and along with seeing my e-mail address, they also saw a 4-digit code. Although they can also respond to your e-mail, he saved just this 4-digit code into his phone as my e-mail address and sent me a text. I actually got it just fine. I was shocked! Since this is new to me, I don’t know if that 4-digit code is assigned to just that recipient, my particular e-mail or my mail/internet account with TWC (roadrunner). I’ll have to send text messages to a few more friends to find out if the 4-digit code stays the same to each one of them and I also have more than one e-mail so I’ll see if the code changes when my e-mail changes. This is really cool. Thanks!
What about Credo Mobile? Anybody know the domain for text via email with them?
thanks very usefull information !
anyone know how to text to BOOST mobile numbers?
hey my gf yell at me cause she said that they were charging her for emails and they weren’t counted towards in coming texts… she has Verizon… so i don’t know… she might be lieing to me…. sigh
hi I have texted an at&t phone and it doesn’t work?? All other companies work but that one everytime I text it sends me a message instantly saying the message didnt go through if you guys have any answers please email me at [email protected] thanks
We’ll you have a yahoo. I believe you need a gmail to send as sms through gmail
Fot AT&T use the number and @mms.att.net
Try postmytext.com it has all this built in
CREDO is apparently using Sprint:
This works. I just tried it (I have a CREDO Mobile cell phone.)
i’m from malaysia and i’m not sure my service provider really have this service and i dont know what to add at the back of my phone no.(i mean for example [email protected]??????.com).can u help me?
p/s:sorry for my rotten english
sorry for typo..i thought chris is the author.so sorry G.E Miller…anyone,please help me..
I am using a Digicel (phone comapny) phone in Papua new Ginea but unable to get the carrier’s email to sms domain name..
I ma trying to sms afreind using my gmail but cannot becaust I dont know my carrirers
‘s sms domain name..
Mobile company is Digicel
Please can one brillant person help me on this?
Cool. Worked for me. Thanks!
If someone less familiar to me sends a text and I want to respond through my email, is there any way for me to determine who there carrier might be so as to key in one of the 12 plus carrier addresses?
To text NET 10 folk: 10 [email protected]
i know this post is super old, but thanks for the info! i just needed it for ONE thing and couldn’t find anything accurate anywhere else.
i have att but want to send to tmobile, what address do i use? i tried vtext.com after number but i dont think its working….sigh
Using [email protected] worked to text my T-Mobile phone, since it operates on the AT&T backbone. Do NOT precede the number with the country code (1 for the USA).
catherine, [email protected] is Verizon. Use [email protected] for TMobile
my daughter is using a phone from Safelink wireless which is part of Tracfone. How can I send her a text?
I want to send a text message via me using email. So if i send that person a text from my email, he will get it? Will it COST him to reply? Or will it COST me to send it? Thanks!
Data24-7 provides a service which will look-up the carriers for your phone numbers and provide you with the proper SMS and MMS email addresses. It’s number portability aware, so if someone changes carriers, the change will be reflected in the service within an hour. They have an API, or you can upload files of phone numbers to be processed. The website is http://www.data24-7.com.
Thanks MARK for your help.
GREAT TOOL for marketing!
If you want to do music and pictures for verizon you need to do
Hello, I am looking for a way to send email to text for QTel in Qatar, does anyone know how to do this. Also, 02 in the UK would be helpful. I use this all the time for att and verizon in the USA. I find that with ATT sometimes there was a delay but verizon is always instant and my friends can use text to email straight back to me
To send text only to AT&T as noted you use ##########@txt.att.net.
To send pictures or videos to AT&T you use ##########@mms.att.net.
The pictures, videos, etc. must be added as attachments (not embedded in the document). Also the total message size cannot exceed 600KB. Resize your images or compress your video before sending it, or the message will be rejected.
Other carriers may have different size limits, I use AT&T so that’s all I know.
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Omg i want to send a picture off my ipod to my phone but cant use the internet so how do i send picture through texts on my ipod?!?!?!?! PLZZZZZ HELP!!!!
you can download a texting app, from the app store on your ipod and iphone then txt the pic from ipod to ur iphone
does ATT charge for that? like to recieve and/or reply?
Another to add.
Ntelos Wireless – [email protected]
I have Verizon,I also have unlimited txting but no data plan.
What would i put as the recipient if i want to send myself a mp3 i have? And would this cost me money?
Hi Mike, did you ever figure out how to do this? (texting to/from email with Verizon phone with unlimited texting)
Just looked up this information on google— found this page.
Wondering– do you have to know the provider of the person you are sending the email/text too? If so how do you know??
it just doesnt work for me, at all. why?
How do you send emails to an ipod with Text Free?
Why don’t you just send the person an email if they have an iPod touch? LOL Are you blonde? Just wondering…
this was really useful since i dont get to talk to my sister often
do you know wataniya or dhiraagu sms gateway address
It works.. Thanks. I just sent a text via Gmail to my wife’s, ATT iPhone. I use a prepaid phone (a cheepo) and have not bothered to set up texting with it, but I am on/or near my iMac 10-12hrs a day. Cheers.
i was wondering if the person i send the txt to can send one back?
Yes, if they just hit reply, they can text back to your email address.
They can’t reply if they don’t have internet on their phone though can they?
Any way to send texts via e-mail to those contests that tell you to text “XYZ” to 12345, etc???
Great Help! Thanks!!!
But remeber not to place the “1” before your area code.
It should be xxx(area code) and then your destination #.
Strange. I had to put a 1 before the area code. With only the ten digit phone number it came back to my email as undeliverable.
If you text someone a email and they reply does it cost you extra to recieve it? I have unlimited texting, could I talk to them like that without getting charged extra?
how do you sent pics to verizon #s??
you type the number in then @vzwpix.com
I was looking for site for sending sms in my and other countries with low prices.I find websendsms.com , but can you suggest more sites?
What are the email addresses for indian carriers?
Does this work with cspire
TxtDrop is a free service and you don’t have to know who the carrier is. http://www.txtdrop.com/
I kept texting an ATT number via email and the msg wasn’t going through. Figured out the message must be on the subject line of the email and not in the body.
how to find @——.com
mine one is not in the list above
the way i always did it was through yahoo chat. you just add the phone number in the contact like 5181234567 and then when u click on the contact it comes up as a link, click on it and a chat box opens up and you can txt for free :)
Can anyone know about how to send sms from my gmail account please rply me……..
I think it stinks that Gmail removed the SMS option from chat. I was using it on a regular basis. Does anyone know why it was removed?
IF I send a msg from my gmail acct to a cell phn as a text msg, will my gmail acct show up on their cell phone bill or will they now where it came from? I have a crush on this person and I don’t want their family to find out.
iwireless is #@iwirelesshometext.com
Thank you for posting this, this really helped me. You posted for MetroPCS and I needed that. Take care & keep schooling us. God Bless
how can u txt to a metro pcs phone???
I have no idea
Hi I was sending SMS to virgin mobile (Canada) using the format [email protected] ; so far it was working fine but since yesterday it is not working any more… can anyone help me? Has the gateway been changed? Plz help…
Its working fine now. I think the system was down for sometimes thats why the texts were not going through. Thanks all for the reply.
i did all of this with comcast and a yahoo account but it doesnt seem to work… can i do anything to fix it?
How does anyone send text messaging and pictures to SK telecom in Korea???
Thank you this was very helpful!!!
I think this is good info but im cofused lls
actually for virgin mobile you do [email protected]
Does anyone know how to send a text message to a “Telcel” Mexico cell phone?
How do I find out their carrier without calling each and asking?
I have 76 total to add so an efficient way to find out the carriers would be appreciated.
I have been sending my Husband e-mail/text msges from my pc/gmail to his at&t mobile fone, When I send attachments He only receives the text that is with it?? Also He says each msg/text I send comes from a different phone #? Can I change/fix this?
How would I email a text message to a cox.net phone number?
Can this work with Outlook?
How do you send to Straight Talk phones?
How do you get message into the message body and not just subject line?
If the person you are sending the text to does not have
Text messaging it does not work , I tried and was undelivered
I cant get the ATT one to send.. I did all the steps.. someone help? Please?
Since Gmail removed the SMS from chat option, I just your suggestion. My Ptel number ([email protected]) was rejected (“The email account that you tried to reach does not exist.”) The ATT one did work, however.
Thanks for the tip.
Just tried this and loaded contacts, etc, however, it does not seem to work from Gmail/android to Iphone contacts. Only worked so far to android to android users.
Iphone server or proprietary conflict?
Can this be fixed, I did nothing wrong or different with Iphone contacts.
Use the t-mobile gateway ([email protected]) for Ptel.
Yep, @tmomail.net works for Ptel. Thanks.
hi I have Straighttalk i used to beable to send text from my computer to my phone but forgot how its done any one out there tel me how?
For anyone using Walmart Family Mobile, the email address would be the same as for T-Mobile, which is [email protected]
Thanks for this info it was useful and it worked for those who are wondering.
Thanks, this worked for Family Mobile…. .appreciate your help!
What if you don’t know your receivers service provider?
Use a reverse number look up site like the white pages!
Ok, if I’d put my daughter’s cellphone number down first then say our carrier which used to be qwest but now is called Century Link, would I still use say the following:
[email protected] [or what ???, & that’s a fake phone number]
Then I’d like to know, if our home phone does not have a window to read text messages; can she somehow send a text message to our home phone, but via my email account? I don’t know if I’m saying this right or not!
can I receive my phone’s text messages somehow in an email message, or can I get a free phone number that is hooked to one of my email accounts??? To receive the phone messages, via my email inbox??
In answer to your last question, yes, you can get a free Google Voice number, send text messages to and from that number and set it up to forward them automatically to your email. I use this method to send and receive texts without eating up my pay-as-you-go minutes.
More info at: https://www.google.com/voice
thanx miller,i have the email address and also my correspondence.what i wanted were the steps of using the mobile phone to edit the text.where do i start and finish?
Note the virtual cellular network puretalkusa uses att’s network, and [email protected] seems to work.
So, how do you find out the recipient’s phone number’s cell phone provider? Is there a way?
Yeah, that was my question too. I think that’s the reason nobody really uses gmail to text; it only works for people you know well enough to know who their provider is. The carriers have the necessary information to route SMS messages without requiring the sender to know which carrier the message is going to, and they make lots of money hiding this information from us.
Do you know that code for the Orange network?
Updated, but this is an outdated article. AT&T now requires developers to register and use their api to send sms and mms. This is now a paid service, $99 per year for Premium Access. In other words, the old email to sms gateway is dead on at&t. You can’t really blame them, spam was getting out of hand on the free un-authenticated web to sms gateway service. https://developer.att.com/pricing/sms-mms-pricing-details
I’ve been using email to SMS for over a year now and it had been mostly working but lately I hardly ever receive a reply. The receiver gets the text message and claim they reply but I rarely actually receive a reply. This happens with various carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc. Has something recently changed not allowing the replies to go through or do they now require some special setting or service at their end to effect replies? For this reason, I have abandoned email to SMS for the time being. Thanks!
hi if i send a email to my phone via multimedia as it comes up on my phone will i get charged? using a gmail account…
Depends on your mobile carrier. Are you charged for incoming messages? Most carriers don’t charge for that.
Not sure yet how this will affect how I use Google Voice, but Google have announced that it is now possible send and receive text messages and voicemail in Hangouts (formerly Chat).
If the person responds will there text be sent to my email?
Can I send a text message to someone’s gmail phone number?
Like: [email protected]
Yes. The easiest way is using Google Voice, assuming you have a Google email address of your own.
It is possible in Bangladesh ?? Please let me know. thank you
Messages sent this way more than likely will be limited in size. 140- 150 – 160 characters in size. The balance of the message will be cut off. Sending a long message to yourself at one of the addresses may help you see what it is doing. Bottom line, keep it short.
I live in Australia and I have vodafone network ph number.how can I send text messages from my email to Vodafone number.
ok so if i use a free text messaging app and send a pic to a number and it shows ##########@mms.att.net its just sending to the person as an email but wont be on my bill or show up on the account?
As the sender, your cell phone account is not involved at all. Only the recipient will be subject to charges, if any.
Is there a way to send a email from a Republic wireless phone ?
I send SMS to Cell emails regularly but when I get replies Gmail never shows the persons name, only their [email protected]. I dont know any of my friends numbers by memory. I have to open the email to ses who it is from. Is there a way to have Gmail label these replies as they do real emails with their name in the Inbox? I have added their [email protected] to the address book but it doesnt change anything. Can anyone help me? Is there a Gmail preference to change?
I HAVE TRIED BUT IT IS NOT WORKING. DOES IT WORK ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD? THANKS
i have a phone number that i need to contact and i dont know the provider so how do i find out what that provider is?
is this applicable to the number in the philippines?
Hello G.E. Miller,
I’ve been trying to find online (if it’s even an issue) whether or not it’s legal to send, say, family and friends SMS messages via email? I think there’s no issue, right?
Any advice on this would be great!
This is so neat! Thank you so much!
So … given a phone number how do you find the carrier so you can use this technique? (E.g., I have a phone number from a salesperson I’d like to contact who invited a text in response …)
Thanks — David
What is sms extension for Consumer Cellular?
It looks like Consumer Cellular uses the AT&T network, so try using the extension [email protected]. This works for other AT&T MVNOs like H2O and Black Wireless.
Anyone know the domain name for SuddenLink?
WARNING, the Cricket Network is changing over as of 3/15/15 in some markets. As of today, 3/12/15, neither the #@sms.mycricket.com nor the #@txt.att.net addresses were working in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I am also having trouble with txt.att.net. Have been sending to it for years and am now getting reject messages that “that server was decomissioned months ago, change your DNS”. But in their usual unhelpful manner AT&T hasn’t said what it needs to be changed to.
Can I do the same in India or another country’s mobile carrier???
Ok, I really really hope somebody can help me :( this is very serious
I hv been in a psych, controling some how abusive relationship :/
Some how I feel attached to this person :/ so I desided to cut once and for all
It was hard for me to change my phone number which I had for over 10-12 years
So I got brave and finally change my number to cut comunication with my psycho ex boyfriend :/
But walaaaa there he is sending me text messages to my yahoo email :/
I try going to settings on my email and block his “emails/text messages” but when I add his [email protected] it tells me this email address in invalid :/
Is it because this is no really an email address but a phone number?
Please I see last questions in this year haven’t been answer but I do really need help :(
THis has probably resolved, but- couple of possibilities.
1 Ask on Yahoo’s help /support site
2 is there any other constant in the texts? use that to filter/block You may need to block ALL texts containing @provider.txt.net whatever.
3 Blocking is different on Yahoo from filters- you may be able to create a FILTER that puts [email protected] in the spam bucket.
4 change your email address to GMail
Good luck, and congratulations on dropping an abusive relationship!
Does anyone know the email format to deliver an email to SMS to a NuVox Communications number?
Look, I’ve been trying to txt someone who lives in the phillipines with my trac phone and I’ve visited different websites to figure out how, but no1 can tell me. Can u plz help?btw, I’m in the U.S.
For H2O wireless and Blackwireless (which are AT&T MVNOs) the [email protected] works.
So I’m receiving text messages that someone is sending through email but its saying a total different person is this normal???
How do I send a text msg from a PC to a free Safelink phone number?
I have Samsung ye it doesn’t work because they don’t have the Earl for a Samsung up there
Is there anyone with info on how to do this email to sms in South Africa. I use Vodacom?
I’ve been using this for years but suddenly today, I could send but not receive. I use a gmail account and AT&T.
What about Straight Talk cell service provider?
Since StraightTalk is an AT&T MVNO try: [email protected]
Ok im not reading thru all of that but can someone tell me what to do so my boyfriend and i were testing this out to see if it would work so he messaged nme using my [email protected] whatever the virgin mobile one well it didn’t work but the next day every time i text him he now recieves my texts from the email but cant reply to me unless he goes to my actual contact my texts are not coming in as me its a whole seperate thread now but then he has to go out and respond to me from my name how do we disable this help!!!!!
how do you email to frontier
What is the I-Wireless thingy so I can text people from my email??
If i get my text through emails. will i receive my text without wifi. If your on a pay as you phone
Hi, I have been using these helpful instructions to send a text from my e-mail account to my friends’ cell phones. I have been able to send and receive successfully for over a year until November 4, and I cannot figure out why I can no longer get responses to my e-mail text. I hope someone can help!
I tried to send a text via e-mail to three friends, using the @vtext.com and @tmomail.net extensions between November 5 and November 11, 2015, and all arrived successfully. However, I never received a response from them via text, which was unusual. I tried responding to my e-mail/text using one friend’s phone myself. Their screen read “Sent.” However, when I checked my e-mail in and junk folders/boxes, those messages did not appear.
I use Outlook 2010 as my e-mail client and wowway.com as the extension. I tried sending e-mail/text through my Hotmail and G-mail accounts as well. All sent successfully, but I cannot not receive a text response at those addresses.
Could it be a Windows 7 update that is preventing the responses from arriving at my inbox? If so, wouldn’t it just affect Outlook 2010, and not my web e-mail accounts? (I even checked my @wowway.com account directly from the source, but no success.
Could it be that two friends didn’t respond at all — and that the one who did has a phone that is no longer recognizable by Windows 7 or maybe there’s a conflict?
Is there anything I can do or try?
Any help will be appreciated!
I have been emailing my friend’s cell phones from my computer for years with 100% success. Now, beginning about 6 weeks ago, I can still send from my computer, but I do not receive their response. I have spent hours on the phone with Microsoft support and have had no success in figuring out why I don’t receive their replies. I am working with Windows 8.1 and I truly think that they have made updates that don’t allow them to reply. Maybe because the cell phone companies felt they were losing money…don’t know. Microsoft also told me that they think the cell providers have changed something in their software and that there might be a setting on their cell phone that needs to be changed. I am really bummed that I can no longer do this, as I do not have a cell phone that I text from. If you have gotten any answers to this, please advise.
@Gretchen That could very well be the case. I have only been using this method a couple months, but no probs to friends on Verizon or T-Mobile. Until today 10/3/2017, a friend who has Verizon, kept getting messages from me that were either cut off mid sentence, or dramatically shortened en route, no matter if I used vtext or vzwpix. I finally had to tell them I would only send them short one sentence messages and longer ones would have to go to their old email addy which they rarely use.
… Hi Jackie…
I’m using “Microsoft 2010” also… and cannot send a “text message” for my email account…
If you get any info on how to get around the blocks that the phone companies put up… I’d really appreciate it if you passed it on to me… [email protected]…
Hi Dad , I love you!!
how to find “NEW CONTACT”?
….on “gmail” the “new contact” is the silhouette of a person on the contacts page.
Or… that is where it was on my gmail…. hope that helps…
I was wondering … I tried to send an SMS (text message) from my email to myself by using one of the other “email addresses” I use… and inserted the cricket sms code (e.g. [email protected])
That should have worked … shouldn’t it???
But … the “text message” did not make it to my phone??
Would be grateful for any help… (even if it does make me look like a novice… which I am!!)
Try [email protected]
How to find “NEW CONTACT” after clicking contacts
I have a Safelink TracFone and this did not work from my outlook email account. My main goal is to forward text messages from my phone to my email account for saving. Does anyone know how to do this.
safelink are tracphones use [email protected]
oh misread that…i’m not sure about outlook but you can get them on gmail by linking your phone to your account
The Verizon one is also [email protected] which you can send text AND pictures AND have and unlimited character count. with [email protected] you can only send text and it’s a limited character count
@Jack Have been having problems with this. Today no matter if I used vtext or vzwpix, my messages got cut off mid sentence or automatically shortened. Have had to tell that friend that I’ll only be able to give them short messages from now on and will send longer ones to their old email and tell them to check it.
Has anyone found a way to sent to o2 in the UK?
Does anyone know if there is a way to make your email text appear in the same message thread on the phone? Every time I send a new message, it creates a new message thread/contact on the phone I texted with a random number that looks like a phone number starting with (410).
You may want to include Project Fi in your list. The construction of the email address is [email protected]
Caveat: I haven’t seen an official announcement of this, and I saw earlier posts on the Project Fi Forum of a slightly different version (without the +1) that doesn’t work for me.
Use [email protected] for Cricket
Since one can’t use a Tracfone from overseas for phone calls and texts from the phone plan, and so I think that this workaround method would work by using WiFi on the Tracfone and sending a text via email that way and so just wanted confirmation on that.
IS THE OUTGOING TEXT TYPED ON THE SUBJECT LINE OR IN THE SPACE, AS I WOULD NORMALLY TYPE AN EMAIL? THANK YOU.
is this only available in the US?
In order to do the texting through email, we essentially need to know what the recipients cell provider name right? How we suppose to know that if its a cold contact.
@Benny You can’t cold contact ppl. You have to call them and ask what carrier they use, and make sure they give you the actual carrier and not just their phone service provider as they often differ.
What if the carrier is from “ice wireless”? Received a text this aftertoon and was trying to figure out who they are.
Does anybody know anymore for Boost moblie and T-moblie other than the one they provided cause it seems not to work.
Please & Thank you
As of 10/3/2017 my email messages to a friend who has T-mobile (@tmomail.net) work perfectly. FYI
” Service Not Activated On Network” This is my Problem. How can I fixe it. Any Help can be appreciated. thank you
Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for, what a information! existing here at this blog, thanks admin of this website.
Is there an android phone app for e-mail that sends the message without quotes and other clutter but combines sent and received messages from the same sender into the same ‘screen’/view so one can read the whole conversation?
It won’t work anymore I’ve been using my email to text a Boost Mobile number and just suddenly it keeps sending everything back to me I need this fixed immediately
I love the comments from people telling you that you need to “fix” it so they can send the emails. Wow! Just contact your email company. They will tell you what to use. It isn’t a big secret.
What about for a samsung galaxy 3?
This information is only good for people who live in the US, and use one of the providers you have mentioned, how about people who dont live in USA and dont have any of these providers?!
There must be a way to use email to SMS regardless of who the provider is, can someone figure that out???
Thanks and best wishes to all!
what about sending email to sms for infinix android phone
how in the world do we find out what carrier the recipient has if we cant reach him/her?
@tom b You have to call them and ask what carrier they use. But that can be confusing as they might say what their service is, but not be aware of who the actual carrier is unless they call customer service to find out.
The number listed does not work for Consumer Cellular. So I sent myself a text from my Consumer Cellular phone and the address came up as [email protected]
Overall this has worked pretty well. Have had issues with Verizon and vtext tho.
For example, one friend who has T-Mobile, I’ve had zero issues. The other friend who has Verizon, my messages to them get cut off mid sentence, shortened etc. Links sent to websites often either do not work or are deleted en route. I started using this method because I refuse to learn how to text, I type well on my qwerty keyboard but texting sucks on a phone IMO. And have several friends who rarely check their ‘regular’ email, mainly using phone text now.
Do I need to know the carrier of the person I am sending a message to or just mine?
I want to create Yahoo account without giving my own phone number. Is this method works?
What if you don’t know the recipients carrier?