Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Sending Text Messages From Your Computer

Happy day after Christmas. I hope everyone is taking a few days off, and looking forward to the New Year. I know I am. Well, not completely. I had to procure some emergency orders for a client last week, and now I am needing to communicate with the other party. The only means available to me is the sending of text messages. But I want to make sure I have a record of the communications, and I don't want to be sending from my very private smartphone.

I learned this morning that it is possible to send messages from my computer to a cell phone number.  Mark Coppock has a great instructional article at Digital Trends. From your Outlook, or Gmail, or other email program, in the "to" box you simply enter the recipient's cell phone number followed by the designation for the recipient's cell phone service provider, and off you go.  For example, 9251234567@text.att.net would get your email to an AT&T subscriber with the phone number (925)123-4567.

Here is a table for the most popular cell phone service providers:

  • AT&T: number@txt.att.net
  • T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net [You may have to put a 1 before the number for it to work with Mobile]
  • Verizon: number@vtext.com (text-only), number@vzwpix (text + photo)
  • Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com or number@pm.sprint.com
  • Virgin Mobile: number@vmobl.com
  • Tracfone: number@mmst5.tracfone.com
  • Metro PCS: number@mymetropcs.com
  • Boost Mobile: number@myboostmobile.com
  • Cricket: number@mms.cricketwireless.net
  • Ptel: number@ptel.com
  • Republic Wireless: number@text.republicwireless.com
  • Google Fi (Project Fi): number@msg.fi.google.com
  • Suncom: number@tms.suncom.com
  • Ting: number@message.ting.com
  • U.S. Cellular: number@email.uscc.net
  • Consumer Cellular: number@cingularme.com
  • C-Spire: number@cspire1.com
  • Page Plus: number@vtext.com
The beauty of this system is that I have a record of the message in the sent folder of my email program. I don't have to take a screen shot of my phone, I don't have to run an app to archive the message. Very handy...

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