Mislaid or broken your phone? No cell signal? Have no fear. You can still have a computer over Wireless Internet access.
Writing SMS from a laptop has its advantages: it’s free (usually), typing is easier and faster, and the best part is that you can look busy when you’re not.
Here are five different ways you can write from your laptop.
1. SMS by email
If you know your friend’s phone number and carrier, it’s easy to send a text message via email.
Combine your recipient’s 10-digit phone number with one of these popular domains:
AT&T: @ text.att.net
sprint: @ messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile: @ tmomail.net
Verizon: @ vtext.com (or @ vzwpix.com for photos and videos)
For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7890 and the owner’s wireless service provider is AT&T, send an email to [email protected]
Just paste your text message into the body of the email, hit send and voila!
When he or she replies to your text, the message will be sent straight to your email inbox. Remember that a longer email will be broken into multiple text messages and the recipients will be subject to the standard text message rates because the messages will be sent as normal text messages.
2. Send a text message using your mobile operator’s website
Depending on your carrier, you may be able to text other subscribers from your own carrier’s website.
If you have Verizon, you can contact yours My Verizon accountwhere you can send and receive texts, photos and videos. Verizon users can also download the desktop application for their computers from My Verizon.
You can do the same by a My AT&T Account.
Check out what SMS capabilities your carrier offers for your desktop.
3. Text via iMessage from Apple
The Messages app can be used to send iMessages from a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Just open the Messages app, enter your recipient’s phone number (or Apple ID), and you’re ready to write and send your message.
As long as Messages on your Mac are set up to receive texts from both your Apple ID and your phone number, you should be able to send to both iPhones and other phones through the app.
4. SMS through a free SMS website
If you search the internet, you can find tons of free unlimited SMS websites that allow you to send SMS internationally. Some free SMS messaging sites are available Send SMS now, A free SMS, and Txt2day.
But these websites have their downsides. In some cases, depending on the website, you may not be able to get responses directly on the website. You may need to provide an email address to receive replies. Some websites may even require you to log in and register to see answers.
Then there is the sketch factor. You may be bombarded with advertisements while using these sites, which allows these services to run for free.
5. Text on Google Voice
Unlike some of the ways listed above, you can go with. Send and receive text messages Google Voice without knowing the consignee’s carrier. This software gives you the option to dial a brand new number, for free, or use your existing mobile number.
However, with Google Voice, you can only send and receive SMS to phone numbers in the US and Canada.
In addition to SMS, Google Voice offers other functions such as calling, voicemail, call blocking and transcribing your voicemail messages into text.
This story was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2018.
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