How to Send Text Messages Using Microsoft Outlook

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.

Step 1

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:

Other popular service formats include:




Verizon: (text only)


Step 2

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.

Step 3

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).

Step 4

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Cell phone


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.,