How to send free texts to cell phones

Did you know you can send free text messages to most cell phones via email?

You need to know which carrier your recipient is using. Pick it from the list below. Add their 10 digit phone number to whatever’s in the second column below.

Example - your friend’s phone number is (212)555-1212, and they are using Verizon. You would send an email to 2125551212@vzwpix.com and they would receive it as a text.

Keep in mind that most text messages have a character limit - often times 160 or 300 characters. (I’ve tested it with Alltel, and my 160 character message was received as a 100 char message and a 60 char part 2 message.) Keep your messages short, and they should get through okay.

Some carriers will allow picture attachments to go through, but many strip the attachments off before they get to the destination.

The reverse is often true as well - many cell phone companies allow you to send a text to an email address - you just need to set the email address up in one of the fields in your address book. With Alltel, if I create an address book entry on my phone, and put in an email address but NO phone number, then any texts I send to that entry go to the email address. (Very handy for texting Twitter and Facebook updates from my phone).

Please remember, when sending a text to a phone, while it will be free for YOU, whoever is receiving the message might have to pay a fee, depending on their cell phone plan.

United States carriers:

AT&T @mms.att.net
Boost Mobile @myboostmobile.com
Centennial @myblue.com
Cingular @cingularme.com
Cricket @mms.myCricket.com
Einstein PCS @einsteinmms.com
Guam Cell @pix.guamcell.net
MetroPCS @mymetropcs.com
Nextel @messaging.nextel.com
Ntelos @pcs.ntelos.com
Sprint @pm.sprint.com
Suncom @tms.suncom.com
T-Mobile @tmomail.net
US Cellular @mms.uscc.net
Verizon @vzwpix.com
Virgin Mobile @vmobl.com

Canadian carriers:

Bell @1x.bell.ca
Cellcom @cellcom.quiktxt.com
Fido @fido.ca
Rogers @pcs.rogers.com

Mexico:

Nextel @messaging.nextel.com

Tip: Not sure WHICH carrier your friend is using? Try sending a message to that phone number, at all of the carriers. Most of the messages will bounce back or will simply be rejected, but the correct one should still get through.