Posted on 2012-08-23
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Last Modified: 2012-08-25
Is there a free app for the iTouch and/or software for the PC that lets
me send text messages to ANY phone capable of getting text messages?

I can usually do this IF I know the service provider of the contact; from that I
can find the domain and compose the address  (ie  555-555-1212@text.att.net).
But what if someone emails and says:  "text me at 123-555-1212" --  it's messy
to figure out their carrier.

Why should I have to know the carrier and then look up the domain?
I want to enter a phone number and a message and send; let the software
figure out how that number is connected.  If it happens to be a land line
or a phone w/o texting, it should come back with an error.

While it usually works if I can figure out the text address, it often does not work
for the recipient of the text to reply -- frequently I do not receive an email
in return.

Maybe on the PC it's a plug-in for Thunderbird or other mail clients; or it
could be a website where you type number and message.  I think there are
several paid monthly services that do this... but I'm looking for free.

Question by:carolinadon
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by:Marc Z
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Carolina Don, if someone emails you and says "text me at 123-223-4567" you should just text them at that number.  they can receive texts.  on the I touch find the app text and call.
on the pc, use Google voice.

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If I get an email on the PC that says "text me at 123-456-7890"
I can't "...just text them at that number."   At least not without a website
or plug in or something.   I looked at Google voice and it seems way too
complex --- I do not want all my phone numbers managed. I don't want
any of my phone numbers managed. I simply want to send a text message
from the PC: enter a phone number, enter a message, click Send.

As to the iTouch -- actually it's an old iPhone without carrier service -- I use it
at the house with wi-fi.  If I try to send a text to someone in my contact
list it says "Failed."  I suspect because it wants to use the non-existant phone
carrier, not wi-fi.   So it would be nice if someone makes a wi-fi text app;
same idea as the PC, phone number, message, Send.

I know this seems like a trivial question, but it's not.
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by:Marc Z
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ok, voice too complex. I'll look around for another pc option.for your I touch, can you access the app store?  find “text and call" or "text & call".  my 13 year old uses that on her I touch.
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by:Marc Z
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according to http://im.about.com/od/advancedimfeatures/ss/windowsfreetext.htm  you can use Windows live messenger for texting. or you can use Yahoo messenger as well from your pc.
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by:Marc Z
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http://messenger.yahoo.com/features/ features showing texting to phones.

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ID: 38327932
I give up.

The iPhone w/o carrier won't run wi-fi texting apps; it senses it's an iPhone and not
an iTouch.  So that's out.

The PC/online approach is also convoluted.  Yahoo messenger is now folded in Yahoo
mail and the web-based Yahoo messenger is deactivated.  Windows Live got such
awful reviews I did not even want to try that.  The few online texting sites still active all
require you to know the carrier.

The best I could come up with is what I already know...  email to phone number@carrier but you gotta know the carrier.  Haven't found a national database of numbers/carriers.
I did find a useful table on eHow of major carriers domains.

    AT&T – cellnumber@txt.att.net
    Verizon – cellnumber@vtext.com
    T-Mobile – cellnumber@tmomail.net
    Sprint PCS - cellnumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    Virgin Mobile – cellnumber@vmobl.com
    US Cellular – cellnumber@email.uscc.net
    Nextel - cellnumber@messaging.nextel.com
    Boost - cellnumber@myboostmobile.com
    Alltel – cellnumber@message.alltel.com

I was hoping someone knew of a Thunderbird plugin or online or email messenger
that only required a phone number.  I have one that emails FAXs that way... seems
reasonable to send a text the same way.

Thanks for trying.
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by:Marc Z
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I'm sorry. I didn't fully understand your question. I dont understand why you want to send email as sms  because those are 2 different protocols, however thunderbird did have an add on for version 3 but it doesn't look like the developer has kept it up to date.
I used to use windows live messenger on mmyy
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Used to use windows live messenger on my work machine and it worked fine.  I ve given you some good options, which will do what you want.  perhaps you have to have your contacts first sms your email address and then you will pick up their sms address.

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