Send a text message via email for free (SMS & MMS)

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You can send a text from your email to any cell phone number for free. All the major cell phone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile offer free Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) gateways that make it possible to text from email using your phone or computer.

If you are without your phone for whatever reason or need to save money, below is a guide on how to text via email.

Message limit: Text messages are limited to 160 characters due to the design of the text from email gateway protocol, so consider the character limit when typing your message. Longer messages will be broken into multiple texts. You may optionally enter a subject, which is also included in the 160 characters.

Send text from email to a Verizon Wireless phone

Step 1

Launch your preferred email application such as Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, or iCloud Mail.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s Verizon Wireless phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@vtext.com” immediately after the mobile number. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@vtext.com”. For MMS, type “@vzwpix.com” after the phone number.

Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the Verizon Wireless network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text.

Send text from email to a T-mobile phone

Step 1

Launch your preferred email client such as Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, or iCloud Mail.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s T-Mobile phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@tmomail.net” immediately after the mobile number for both SMS and MMS. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@tmomail.net”.

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Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the T-Mobile network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text message.

Send text from email to an AT&T phone

Step 1

Launch your preferred email application such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, or iCloud Mail.

Step 2

Enter the recipient’s AT&T phone number (including the area code) into the “To” field of your email heading without dashes or spaces.

Step 3

Type “@txt.att.net” immediately after the mobile number. For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7891, the email address would be “1234567891@txt.att.net”. For MMS, type “@mms.att.net” after the phone number.

Step 4

Click on “Compose” and draft the message you wish to send.

Step 5

Click the “Send” button to complete the process and send the message through the AT&T network. The recipient of the phone number will receive your email in the form of a text message.

Send text from email to Sprint, Cricket, Boost Mobile and more carriers

Below are more carriers with their SMS/MMS gateway templates and email formats depending on the recipient’s phone provider. Simply add the recipient phone number before the “@” and tap or click “Send” after composing your message.

Sprint – SMS: @messaging.sprintpcs.com; MMS: @pm.sprint.com

Cricket – @sms.mycricket.com, @mms.mycricket.com

US Cellular – SMS: @email.uscc.net, MMS: @mms.uscc.net

Boost Mobile – SMS: @sms.myboostmobile.com, MMS: @myboostmobile.com

Xfinity Mobile – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Straight Talk – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Virgin Mobile – SMS: number@vmobl.com, MMS: @vmpix.com

Republic Wireless – @text.republicwireless.com

Alltel – @message.alltel.com

Metro PCS – @mymetropcs.com (SMS & MMS)

Nextel – @messaging.nextel.com

VoiceStream – @voicestream.net

SunCom – @tms.suncom.com

C-Spire – @cspire1.com

Consumer Cellular – @mailmymobile.net

Google Project Fi– @msg.fi.google.com (SMS & MMS)

Mint Mobile – @mailmymobile.net

Page Plus – SMS: @vtext.com, MMS: @mypixmessages.com

Simple Mobile – @smtext.com

Ting – SMS for CDMA: @message.ting.com, SMS for GSM: @tmomail.net

Tracfone – @mmst5.tracfone.com(MMS)

Red Pocket – uses AT&T or T-Mobile (for GSM SIMs) & Verizon for CDMA

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