How to Send a Text Message to an AT&T GoPhone

By Herman Cruz

AT&T Wireless features a variety of plans, including its GoPhone plan, which is for customers who prefer a prepaid wireless plan. The GoPhone plan enables you to choose from various payment options with the ability to send and receive text messages. On this prepaid plan each text message you send or receive costs $0.20 as of April 2011; however, you have the ability to select plans that give you a specific number of text message for a prepaid monthly fee.

Send Text Via Email

Step 1

Log in to your email account and click the "New" or "Compose mail" tab depending on your email provider.

Step 2

Type the number, including the area code, of the GoPhone you want to send a text message to in the "To" field followed by "@txt.att.net." In other words the email address will look like this: (GoPhonenumber)@txt.att.net. Enter a subject in the subject field if desired.

Step 3

Enter the text message you want to send in the body of the email without exceeding 160 characters, which is the limit for a text message. Click the "Send" tab to send the email, and the GoPhone user will receive your email as a text message.

Send Text Via the Internet

Step 1

Browse to the Online Text Message website, onlinetextmessage.com. Enter the GoPhone wireless number in the text field displayed beneath "Mobile Number (to): (XXXXXXXXXX)."

Step 2

Enter your email address in the field displayed beneath "Your E-Mail Address (from):" and then enter a subject for your text message in the field displayed beneath "Subject."

Step 3

Enter the text message you want to send in the text field located beneath "Enter Message." This service limits you to 100 characters per message so make sure that you don't exceed this limit. Click the "Send Message" tab and the text message will be sent to the AT&T GoPhone number you entered.

Send Text Using Your Cell Phone

Step 1

Access the menu screen on your mobile device and select the "Messages" or "Messaging" option depending on your specific mobile device.

Step 2

Select the "New Message" option displayed on the "Message" menu and select the "Text Message" or "TXT Message" option depending on your phone.

Step 3

Enter the 10 digit GoPhone number in the "To" field and type the text message in the text field. Select the "Send" button to send the text message to the desired GoPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that if a GoPhone user doesn't have a text messaging plan, individual fees will be charged to the GoPhone user for every text message you send.