SMS (aka “text”) and Email are the most common means of communication. You can easily send a text or email to anyone if you know their required contact details and it doesn’t cost much either. However, there are times when you want to send a message across these two platforms. You can easily send a text to anyone’s email or email as SMS to any phone and there are many reasons for doing it:
- Sending to an email address without data access
- Sending SMS to a phone without paying an SMS fee
- Sending an email to someone who only has SMS (no email)
- Sending an SMS from the comfort of your computer
Whatever the reason, we are going to show you how you can send Emails to SMS and vice versa. The process is not difficult, but there are a few things to know.
Send Email to SMS
To send email to SMS, you just need to compose a normal email, but provide a specific email address. The process is definitely not a headache, but the required details can be a bit difficult to find for some people.
To send an Email to an SMS recipient, you need to have access to the special email that the wireless carrier has assigned to that phone number for example, T-mobile has +email@example.com assigned to the number 415-123-456.
This can be different for each carrier but almost all carriers use SMS gateways that allow emails to be delivered as SMS to any phone. Just ask your friend to send an SMS to your email, and you will see his/her phone email address. You can also try looking up the general format of the carrier on the web and add your friend’s number, it usually works, but isn’t foolproof.
In some countries, this service is not available. To find the name of the carrier and the SMS gateway address, just type their 10 digit phone number in one of the services mentioned below and you should be able to get all the required details. These tools may help: Carrier Lookup, Twilio and Fone Finder.
You can also find the SMS gateway address manually from this list compiled by MARTIN FITZPATRICK. It is quite extensive, you can just press Ctrl+F to open “Find” bar and there enter the name of carrier of which you need to know the SMS gateway address. For example, in +firstname.lastname@example.org the gateway address is tmomail.net.
Both SMS and MMS would typically work using the same phone email. Sometime, there are different email addressed for SMS and MMS, but you should be able to find both addresses from the above links.
Once you have entered the number, type the message while keeping the total character limit of a text in mind. When you are done just send the text and the receipt will receive it. The receipt can also reply to the text and you will receive the text to your email.
Note: Even though sending email is a free service, but still the recipient will have to pay for the text message according to the charges by their carrier. If they have an unlimited SMS package, then the package will apply to this process.
Send Text to Email
This is extremely easy, but your carrier must allow MMS service and you must have access to this service. It is quite unlikely if this service is not provided by your carrier, after call and SMS this is next standard service. If the below mentioned method doesn’t work, then try contacting your carrier and see if it is activated or not.
To send text to email, just go to your Messaging app and compose a new message. Type your message and the area where you enter the receipt number, enter the email address to which you would like to send the text and hit Send, that’s it. The text will be sent as an MMS and the charges will be deducted according to it.
If there are any questions, or you would like to add any other method to do the above, let us know in the comments below.