How to Send a Text Message From a Computer Without Knowing the Service Provider

By Nicholas Smith

One of the most convenient features of cell phone use is the ability to send and receive short text messages from other people. Text messages are also known as SMS messages (Short Message Service). Sending text messages is helpful when you cannot talk on the phone or when you otherwise prefer to communicate through texts. Besides sending messages from your device, you can also send text messages from your computer. Although many online providers require you to know the recipient's provider, several services do not require this information.

Step 1

Locate a free text message service by searching for "Free Text Messaging." Select a website that does not require you to download a program. Several providers, such as or do not require you to download anything.

Step 2

Read the terms and conditions of the application to ensure that the information you enter, such as your email address or the recipient's phone number, will not be sold or misused by the text message service.

Step 3

Enter the required information into the form. For example, you must enter the recipient's phone number and content of the message. You may also be required to enter your email address in order to receive the recipient's replies.

Step 4

Press "Send" to transmit the text message to the recipient's phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the website you send the text message from, you may be required to enter the recipient's carrier, such as T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon Wireless. You can determine the carrier at one of the following websites: Fone Finder, Telco Data, Reverse Phone Check or Wireless Flatrate. However, the information may not be accurate because of number portability, which allows a user to transfer the number to a different carrier.
  • Be sure to contact the recipient before sending multiple messages, as they may incur charges for any extra text messages sent.