Skip to comments.Sending text messages from any computer.
Posted on 09/13/2008 8:53:30 AM PDT by justlurking
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the cell-phone systems are likely to be overloaded. Please don't call into the affected areas: wait for them to call you.
If you really want to get a message in to see if they are OK, send a text message. If you don't have a cell phone or don't want to spend the 10-20 cents per message to send and receive them, there are several ways to do so from your computer:
AT&T/Cingular requires a login, so you have to be a customer of AT&T to use it. Yes, it's lame -- but I suspect it was being abused.
If you are using AOL's instant messaging program (AIM), or any third party program that works with AOL (such as Pidgin), you can send and receive text messages via IM. Just create a "buddy" entry and use the following form to enter the recipient's cell phone number as the buddy's username:
If the recipient replies to the text message, it will appear in your Instant Messaging client window.
If the recipient hasn't completely blocked text messages, they should receive your query. They may be charged 10-20 cents for each message sent and received, so keep your conversation short!
It looks like a discount can be applied to your personal account if your company has one with them. All they need is your company email address.
Sorry off topic, but thought that was kinda cool. I'm gonna go see if my company has one.
This was the only way (texting) I could get in touch with my family in BR after Hurricane Gustav. I still have trouble getting a call to them, too many fast busys. Even my mom learned how to text me back.
Thank you for posting this, I had no idea!
I gotta tell the misses.. She thinks I never find deals.
A quick Google gets this reference:
Big thing to remember is that SMS is limited to 256 chars per message.
You can use your own email client to send text messages.
Just Google for email to SMS. Here are a few:
[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
AT&T (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
I thought about posting the email addresses, but I know a few people that have disabled SMS messages via email — they were getting too much spam.