A little-used option in the world of text messaging is sending a text message via email.  Most major cellular carriers assign an email address to each phone on their system.  Sending an email to this address will appear as a text message on the phone…even if the phone doesn’t have a data plan.

Here is an example.  Edna wants to send Paul a text message (because Paul doesn’t have a smart phone).  Paul’s phone is serviced through Verizon and has the number 480-555-1234.  From Edna’s smart phone, or any email address she has access to, she sends an email to 4805551234@vtext.com.  The first 160 characters of the email will appear as a text message on Paul’s phone.

Likewise, most phones can send an email via text.  By using an email address instead of a phone number in the “to:” field, the text message will be delivered via email.  In the example above, Paul can simply reply to the text message and his reply will be sent to Edna’s email address.

Here are the email address formats for several carriers in the US:

To send a text message to an Alltel Wireless customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@message.alltel.com (SMS & MMS)
  • phone-number@text.wireless.alltel.com (SMS)
  • phone-number@mms.alltel.net (MMS)
To send a text message to an AT&T customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@txt.att.net (SMS)
  • phone-number@mms.att.net (MMS)
To send a text message to an Cricket customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@sms.mycricket.com (SMS)
  • phone-number@mms.mycricket.com (MMS)
To send a text message to an Sprint Wireless customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@messaging.sprintpcs.com (SMS)
  • phone-number@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
To send a text message to a T-Mobile Wireless customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@tmomail.net (MMS)
To send a text message to a Verizon Wireless customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@vtext.com (SMS)
  • phone-number@vzwpix.com (MMS)
To send a text message to a Virgin Mobile customer, send your email to one of the following address formats:

  • phone-number@vmobl.com (SMS)
  • phone-number@vmpix.com (MMS)
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