How to Send Text Messages by PC

By Michelle Varsallona

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.

Email

Step 1

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

Step 2

Click "New" or "Compose" to create a new message.

Step 3

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. 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)

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 1

Open your instant-messaging program, and log in.

Step 2

Start a new message.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Type your message.

Step 5

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.