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Sending SMS Email Message to TracFone Customers

Before attempting to send an email to a TracFone user, you should first know that TracFone does not own its own service network.  Its customers are serviced by using existing networks belonging to service providers such as AT&T, Verizon and the like.  Therefore, when attempting to send an email to a TracFone customer, you must first find out which network services the TracFone recipient.

Locating the Network Service provider

There are free services on the Internet that takes the guesswork out of locating the TracFone network provider.  Websites such as White Pages,  and Telcodata will provide the information for you free of charge.  All you need to do is go to their website, insert the TracFone phone number that you wish to send an e-mail message to and the website will tell you which network services the TracFone customer.

Formatting the TracFone Network Address

Each network carrier allows its customers to receive and send messages through the SMS format.  SMS stands for short messaging system.  That means the messages can only be 160 characters or less (hence short message).  But before you can send a message, you must format be address so that it's SMS compatible

Every network has its own SMS compatible address to tack on the end of the email recipient’s phone number.  For example, Verizon SMS-compatible address is where as Nextel’s is  For an extensive listing of the available SMS addresses by cell phone provider, check out the SMS Phone Provider List.

Sending the TracFone SMS Email

Now that you have the SMS-compatible address, all you need to do is open your e-mail program, type in the TracFone recipient's 10 digit phone number and stick the SMS format right in back of the phone number.  Therefore, sending a TracFone e-mail to a number on the Nextel service will like this:  There is no need to insert a one before the area code.

All that's left to do is to type in your message.  Remember, SMS stands for short message service still keep your message to 160 characters or less.

Originally published 21 December 2010
Last Modified: 7 June 2021

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