I don't know about you, but when I'm working at my computer and a text message comes into my phone, it's a lot easier to respond to the message using Outlook rather than texting on my phone.
If you don't want to type text on a tiny keyboard, here's how to send a text message from Microsoft Outlook or other email clients.
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Discover which cell-phone carriers your friends use. Each carrier has a different SMS (short message service) formatting, so you'll need that information in order to use the SMS service.
For example, on the Sprint system, formatting is: email@example.com
Other popular service formats include:
Verizon: @vtext.com (text only)
Save the "cellphone@" formatting in Microsoft Outlook's Contact list. Click Contacts, then New. This way, you don't have to remember the correct formatting for everyone's service carrier.
Launch Microsoft Outlook and compose your SMS (short message service) message by clicking "New" and then "Message." Write a message as you would any other email, but keep in mind that most text messages have a limited number of characters (usually about 160).
Remember that any replies to your text message will come into your email inbox, not your cell phone. So if you're waiting for a callback on a job interview or a date, you had better stay close to the computer.
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What if you didn't store a friend's SMS formatting correctly? Try using Teleflip, a free service that forwards SMS from email to the correct cell phone carrier, i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org.