Text Messaging & Email

Have you caught on to text messaging? I thought it was pretty stupid until I tried it, and now its one of my favorite things. Its quiet enough that you can send & receive during meetings. Its fast enough that you can have a conversation in a few minutes. And its perfect for when you’re at a place that’s too loud for a conversation, but you still need to get in touch, like concerts.

Well about a week ago I found a way to send text messages via email, and I’ve been doing that because its so fast and easy. At the bottom of this post I’ve included directions so that you can, too.

So after sending text messages this way for a few days, I started wondering if it was possible to send an note to someones email address from my phone. So I tried it, and it worked!

I know what you’re thinking, SMS has been around for years, where have you been hiding? Yeah, well, I’ve heard of people becoming addicted to their Blackberries (aptly nicknamed crackberries), and now I understand. Make fun of me if you will, but understand that once you try it, you’ll be as excited as I am.

You need to know who their carrier is, and their cell phone number, and that’s it! I’ve included all of the carriers that I know of in Austin. If I’ve overlooked someone, or if you want the listing of someone other than on this list, drop me a line in comments and I’ll try to find them and update this post.

  • Cingular – number@mobile.mycingular.com
  • Cingular Blue (formerly AT&T Wireless) – number@mmode.com
  • Nextel – number@messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint PCS – number@sprintpcs.com
  • T-Mobile – number@tmomail.net
  • Verizon – number@vtext.com
  • Virgin Mobile – number@vmobl.com

There are a couple of notes on using these. First, when you enter the number, it needs to be the 10-digit number, and only 10 digits. So include their area code with no dashes or slashes. Second, most of these have a limit of 160 characters, so you can’t send a book to them. Or, actually, if you do send a book, the note will get truncated. Who’d want to read a long note on that small screen anyway? Oh, and finally, remember that THEY have to pay for all of the messages that you send.

Now for the other way. If you don’t have access to a computer, and want to send an email to someone, type your message into the phone as usual, and instead of a phone number, send it to their email address. I don’t know if that works for all carriers (I’m curious, so try it and reply back in comments), but I have Verizon and it worked great for me when I tried it.

Viola! Use your computer to send a message to any phone, and use your phone to send a message to any computer.

Today I’m feeling retro, so I pulled out some old CDs. Listening to Primus. My name is Mudd. Ho yeah.

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