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.

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Send messages to a cell phone from your PC.

Email

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Log into your email account either through your Internet browser or email program.

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Click “New” or “Compose” to create a new message.

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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 5552227777@vtext.com into the "To" field.

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Some of the more common cell phone carrier suffixes are:

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Alltel: @message.alltel.com AT&T/Cingular: @txt.att.com Boost Mobile: @myboostmobile.com Sprint/Nextel: @messaging.sprintpcs.com T-Mobile: @tmomail.net (see Resources)

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Give the message a subject, and type your message into the body of the email.

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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.

Instant Messenger

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Open your instant-messaging program, and log in.

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Start a new message.

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Type the recipient's phone number, plus area code and country code (United States country code: +1) in the “To” field.

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Type your message.

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Click “Send.” Not all instant-messenger programs allow replies to your instant messenger account.