How to Send Text Messages by PC
If your phone is not available, or if you happen to be in front of a computer and need to send someone a text message, you can do so through the Internet. Sending text messages on a computer can even be more convenient since the keyboard has larger keys than a cell phone, leaveing less room for errors and typos. You can use your email account or an instant-messenger program to send texts.
Log into your email account either through your Internet browser or email program.
Click "New" or "Compose" to create a new message.
Enter the recipient's 10-digit phone number, followed by the recipient's wireless provider's suffix in the "To" field. For example, if the recipient's phone number is 555-222-7777, and his or her wireless provider is Verizon Wireless, you would type email@example.com into the "To" field. Some of the more common cell phone carrier suffixes are:Alltel: @message.alltel.com AT&T/Cingular: @txt.att.comBoost Mobile: @myboostmobile.comSprint/Nextel: @messaging.sprintpcs.comT-Mobile: @tmomail.net(see Resources)
Give the message a subject, and type your message into the body of the email.
Click "Send." The message will be delivered to your recipient's cell phone. If the recipient responds to your message, it will be delivered to your email account.
Open your instant-messaging program, and log in.
Start a new message.
Type the recipient's phone number, plus area code and country code (United States country code: +1) in the "To" field.
Type your message.
Click "Send." Not all instant-messenger programs allow replies to your instant messenger account.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep in mind that text messages usually have a 160-character maximum, so keep your message below this limit so it's not cut off.