How to Send a Text Message Without a Cellphone

By Tony Myles

Discover alternative ways to send text messages by exploring options beyond phone-to-phone correspondence. Use a valid Short Message Service such as email clients or website services. Identify what each method requires and the specific protocol of the wireless provider to increase the likelihood that your message will be received. Keep these options on hand for occasions when you may be without your phone or need to transfer data from your computer into a message.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access

Email

Step 1

Log into your email client and compose a message. Minimize its size if possible to 160 characters since some cellphones have this standard limit on the size of a message they can receive as a text.

Step 2

Determine the wireless carrier of the phone you are sending the message to by asking the person receiving it or using FoneFinder.com.

Step 3

Learn the proper protocol designated by the wireless provider to use in the "To:" field of your email. Look for a FAQ section on their website, or use the following parameters:Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.comAT&T: phonenumber@txt.att.netSprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.comCellularOne: phonenumber@mobile.celloneusa.comT-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.netNextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.comVirgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.comAlltel: phonenumber@message.alltel.com

Step 4

Create a subject for your email, such as "Message from ____________"

Step 5

Attach photos, videos, MP3 files or attachments to your email. Keep this at a minimum, however, to ensure that your message isn't rejected for its size.

Step 6

Click Send, and later verify your message was received.

Website Message

Step 1

Choose a website TXT service, such as Text2Day or SMS Everywhere, that specializes in sending free SMS messsages. Set-up regular text messages to individuals or groups through a paid service like TXTSignal.com.

Step 2

Enter the area code and phone number of the recipient.

Step 3

Select the cellphone provider of the person you are sending your message to. Use FoneFInder.net to learn who the cellphone provider is of someone you are blindly emailing.

Step 4

Compose your text message in the allotted space. Note any restrictions on the size of the message you are sending, such as a 160-character limit.

Step 5

Read and agree with any terms of service, and click send.

Tips & Warnings

  • Identify yourself to the recipient of your text to avoid being seen as an anonymous spammer.