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Send free text messages by e-mail


You can save money and send free text messages via e-mail on your iPhone or iPod touch. This is possible through SMS e-mail gateways, which are supported by most wireless carriers. The messages will arrive on a person’s phone just as a normal text message would. The address format for SMS e-mails is the phone number at (@) a particular carrier (e.g., 2125551212@mobile.att.net). To find a particular carrier’s gateway(s), do a Web search for “ <carrier> SMS e-mail.” Here is a listing of some of the major carrier’s SMS e-mail gateways.

  • AT&T: number@txt.att.net or number@mobile.att.net. 
  • Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com or number@sprintpaging.com. 
  • T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net or number@
voicestream.net. 
  • Verizon: number@vtext.com.