Free texting from your computer!

March 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Computer TextingIf you’re using a computer at work, it’s a real distraction when someone texts you on your phone and they expect you to stop what your doing, get on your phone, and answer them right back.

E-Mail is the still most commonly used software employees use on work computers (next to Microsoft Word).

Here’s a neat–but little known–fact:  You can use any computer to send (and receive) text messages for free, from work or at home!

How Does It Work?

All you need to do is open the eMail program you use to send mail. It can be Outlook, Yahoo Mail, GMail, Thunderbird, or any other eMail client software you use on your computer.

Remember to keep your text message under 130 characters (not words). This is the limit of SMS (Short Message Service) messaging, the texting standard for all cell phones.

To send a text using eMail,

  1. You’ll need to know the area code and the phone number. This will be the first part of the eMail address–without the dashes and the parentheses.
  2. You’ll also need to know the carrier of the cell phone you’re about to send the text to. This will be used for the @ part of the email.  (i.e. A list of US & International cell phone carriers can be found on, but here are the more popular phone carriers:
  • AT&T:

Then type your (short) message and send it just like any other e-mail.  Try it by sending a text to your own phone.

Now get off that cell phone and get back to work!

~The Computer Cat


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