That’s not quite true. Even prepaid cell phones can receive text messages from email addresses.
How to Send a Text via Email
To send a text message to a pre paid cell phone via email is the same as sending one to a contract phone. There are two very important things that are required:
1. The 10 digit cell phone number
2. The Cell phone service provider
Each cell phone service provider has an SMS address (which usually takes on the form of @name.com) which allows computer folks to send text messages to cell phone folks. The 10 digits appearing before the @name.com is the recipient’s cell phone number, and the @name.com is the cell phone provider’s messaging address. You’re on your own when it comes to the cell phone number, but I can help you with the cell phone service provider’s SNS address.
Listed below are the @name.coms for some of the most popular cell phone providers.
|Service Provider||SMS Address|
|NET10||See this post for lookup details|
|Sprintemail@example.com or @pm.sprint.com|
|TracFone||Read this post on how to send TracFone SMS messages.|
Emailing the Text Message
Now that we have all of the necessary info, it’s time to send the text. So, if I were to send a text message to my friend on the Nextel network, I would open my email program, insert the 10 digit phone number followed by the SMS address in the “To” line. I would then send a short message (remember it’s SMS which stands for short message service) to my friend.
For brevity sake, I usually send the entire message in the “Subject” line, keeping in mind that it’s a text message and not a regular email. Once I start typing in the body of the email program, I know for sure that my message will be too long for the cell phone to accept. The maximum character length of a text message usually falls somewhere around 160 characters.
After I finish my “Subject” text message, I send it. Simple as pie.