How to Text a Verizon Phone Using a Computer

Text messages can be sent without using a mobile phone. Verizon assigns a unique email address to each cell phone for receiving text messages. You can use either Verizon's text message web page or send an email using your email application.

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You can send a text message to a Verizon cell phone by using a computer.
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Send a Text Message Via E-mail

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Launch your email application and compose a new message. Verizon assigns each mobile account an email address using the domain name "vtext.com."

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Address your email to your recipient using her mobile phone number (with area code) and the vtext.com domain. Omit dashes and parentheses when addressing. For example, if the mobile number is (555) 123-4567, the email address would be 5551234567@vtext.com.

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Type your message and click the "Send" button. Remember that text messages contain a maximum of 160 characters, including subject line. If your message exceeds 180 characters, it may be truncated or split into two messages.

Send a Text Message From the Verizon Website

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Launch your browser and open the Verizon text messaging page.

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Type the mobile number in the "Send To" field, including area code and omitting dashes and parentheses. For example, if the mobile number is (555) 123-4567, enter "5551234567" in the field.

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Type your name in the "From" field, your email address in the "Reply To-Address" field, and your telephone number (mobile or land line) in the "Callback Number" field.

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Type your message in the "Your Message" field and notice that the number of characters is automatically counted.

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Click the "Send" button.