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How to Send a Text Message from a Computer

Stephen Rampur Oct 24, 2018
To send a text message from a computer to a mobile, one should know the appropriate SMS gateway address of the recipient's cell phone carrier.
There are a lot of people who have a general misconception regarding how emails are sent to cell phones. They think that for sending an email to a mobile phone, the recipient should inevitably have Internet access. However, the fact is that even if the recipient does not have access to the web, he can still receive the emails that are sent from a computer.
If you want to send a text from a computer to a cell phone which does not have web access, you will need some details such as the recipient's phone number and his service provider. You can also directly dispatch it to his email inbox.

Sending an SMS or Email to a Mobile Phone Without Internet Access

The main disadvantage of doing this is that, the recipient will not be able to see the message in the email format in which it was sent originally. He will only receive the email in the SMS format. In such situations, the sender will have to use the email to SMS gateway technology of getting emails and SMS across to the recipient.

Sending an Email to a Web-enabled Mobile Phone

If the cell phone user has access to the web, he has the option to view the email in the format that was used while sending. However, the sender will have to use the standard email method of sending the email to the recipient's email account inbox. The recipient will have to use the GPRS or Wi-Fi technology to access the web from his cell phone.

How to Send a Text from a Computer?

To dispatch messages from a PC to a mobile that doesn't have an Internet connection, all you need to know is the SMS gateway address. Nowadays, majority of cell phone service providers have SMS gateways which do the job of receiving emails and transferring them to the recipient's cell phone in a text format.
If you do not know the service provider of the recipient, you can find it with the help of the Internet. Use a site that provides information by simply entering the phone number. From such websites, you will get the name and also the service provider of the receiver. Once you know the service provider, you can determine the appropriate SMS gateway address.
Service providers have their own email to SMS gateway addresses. A typical pattern of the receiver's address would be his 'cell phone number@company's extension.domain name'. For example, if the receiver is using Verizon Wireless, his SMS gateway address would be somewhat like, 1124233443@vtext.com.
You simply have to email the SMS gateway, which will then mail your message to the recipient in the form of SMS.
Here are some gateway addresses of major service providers in the US:
  • Sprint: (phone number)@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • Nextel: (phone number)@messaging.nextel.com
  • Alltel: (phone number)@message.alltel.com
  • AT&T: (phone number)@mobile.att.net
  • Verizon: (phone number)@vtext.com
  • Virgin Mobile: (phone number)@vmobl.com
  • T-Mobile: (phone number)@tmomail.net
  • Cingular: (phone number)@mycingular.com
Another method is using texting websites. You just have to put in the cell phone number of the recipient, select the service provider, type the message, and click on 'Send'. Finally, we can conclude by saying that, all you need is the email address of the recipient and nothing else to contact him/her.