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Use Email to Send Text Messages (SMS) to Mobile Phones for Free

Sometimes being able to send out a quick text message to someone you know would definitely be helpful. But what if you are at your computer and can not use your mobile phone? Just fire up your favorite email account and get that message out using the SMS Gateway addresses that we have collected together for you.


Photo by Steve Webel.

Note: Sending an email is always free, but the person that receives the message will probably be charged for a text message. Keep that in mind when using this.

Sending Text Messages

To get started simply enter the SMS Gateway address in the same way that you would with an email address, compose your message, and then send it on its’ way.


In just a short while your family, friends, or coworkers will have the new SMS show up on their mobile.


SMS Gateway Listing

To use the SMS Gateway addresses shown here enter the 10 digit mobile phone number for the person you are sending a message to in front of the appropriate address (i.e.

Note: SMS Gateways shown here are for U.S. carriers only (links for additional U.S. & International carriers at end of article).

Alltel Wireless (SMS & MMS) (SMS) (MMS)
AT&T Wireless (SMS) (MMS)
AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular)
Boost Mobile
Cricket (SMS) (MMS)
Metro PCS
Sprint (PCS) SMS) (MMS)
Sprint (Nextel) (SMS) (Rich Messaging)
Straight Talk mobile-number@VTEXT.COM (SMS) (MMS)
T-Mobile (MMS)
U.S. Cellular (SMS) (MMS)
Verizon (SMS) (MMS)
Virgin Mobile (SMS) (MMS)

Finding Additional SMS Gateway Addresses


Photo by keepthebyte.

If your mobile phone carrier is not listed here you can find additional SMS Gateway addresses for the U.S. and International companies using these websites.

List of SMS gateways (Wikipedia)

Email to SMS Gateways, Complete List

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) email delivery

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/31/10

Comments (30)

  1. Heartinpiece

    Great Tip^^
    Posted about this topic on my blog and put a link of this posting on mine so people can access this posting. Thanks for the great tip. (Oh and my blog’s in Korean^^)

  2. Asian Angel

    @Heartinpiece – ^__^

  3. SB

    Although the photo used here is an MTR station in Hong Kong, ironically this method does not work in Hong Kong.

  4. Bill

    That’s great! Suppose I have the mobile phone number but DO NOT KNOW who is the carrier (and can’t call and ask the owner). Is there a way to do that?

  5. Conn

    Do we have to put in the Area Code, Such as +44 for the UK?

  6. Hatryst

    I wonder why the recipient would be charged for receiving the text message? Text messages are free to receive, aren’t they?

  7. David Levine

    @Hatryst U.S. carriers have been charging for incoming text messages for years, though they were free once upon a time.

  8. Hong Kong reader

    It’s pity that you posted a photo which is taken at Hong Kong but didn’t suggest free sms in that region.

    Same as SB comment.

  9. GwRuss

    The code is in the #….

  10. mike

    Rogers In Canada has this, but when you receive a email, you get a sms telling you there is a email, and that you need to reply with ‘read’ to read the message, at a cost of 25c per.

  11. Taylor

    If you don’t know the numbers carrier and/or can’t find it online, just have them send a text message to your email inbox first and look at the address that it came from

  12. bmanecas

    This is available in Portugal?

  13. Jim

    Or use AOL’s AIM-to-SMS service.

    Simply IM to “+1” as in “+12125551212”.

    No idea if it works for international or not, but you don’t need to know the carrier.

  14. Bhaskar.j

    it,s very usefull, thank for this great job

  15. Kemi

    Great! I’ve always known there were methods to email a SMS message to all carriers but I had no desire to hunt down the email suffix for each carrier.

  16. Conn

    @GWRuss: The # what #?

    Can i not just have a yes or no? :D And can this be used in the UK?

  17. Asian Angel

    @Conn – The three links at the end of the article each list some stuff for the UK. ^__^ Check through those to see if your carrier is listed in any of them. ^__^

  18. huzaifa shakir

    i need to know sms gateway for mumbai mtnl network

  19. thanos

    excellent stuff man…very usefull for a full time blogger like myself….keep it coming bro…cheers

  20. _NathanBaxter_

    I have still not forgiven the last person who thought I’d be happy to pay to receive their texts when this came available about a decade ago* -.-

    Every disgruntled employee should endeavour to remember this when faced with redundancy and still possessing their employers cellphone number. Become a latter-day Robin Hood & redefine a person’s bank account to help them appreciate poverty.

    In the age of e-mail enabled phones & Twitter/Facebook, this excellent old irritant is priceless for extracting revenge on enemies or creating new ones.

    *Should add it was my son’s 9yr old friend; nice kid…clueless about money back then tho :))

  21. tom

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Not again :'( I hate finding GREAT articles, until I see “U.S only” :@

  22. Asian Angel

    @tom – The websites listed In the links section at the end of the article have listings for international carriers as well. ^__^

  23. Roobot

    Great how long before the spammers figure this out, junk mail sent to your phone too AWSOME

  24. ada

    hola como es saludos

  25. garotas

    I start visiting your site and i have to say that is done with passion . I adore it.

  26. ktz

    hi,i live in nigeria.could just give me the formant for my country carrier to send sms via e-mail to my cell phone?

  27. Spuffler

    Umm, my Tracfone uses US Cellular (hint #1: if the recipient has a Tracfone, who is the carrier that the phone uses?), my other cellphone is on Verizon.

    I can create and send text messages in my Verizon phone which get chopped off when I send to my Tracfone, and some carriers like to break up larger messages into multiple smaller messages. Email messages rarely have limits and bubbly people might get carried away with too much fluff in the messages. That means users who try this method will also need to know who the cellphone service provider is, for 2 reasons (who has which gateway, who has which carrier), and nobody mentions message length limits.

    Bottom line? Keep it VERY short and VERY simple; I’d drop the gratuitous wording, try something like: “Please remember to bring refreshments to tonights meeting!” and skip the optimism.

  28. vedette

    Do you have tricks that we could use here in the philippines?

  29. Yo

    I like that you posted all of the gateways for the major carriers but wouldn’t it just be easier to get a gmail account & use Google Voice to send text messages? It’s totally free. When on the computer, I have found it just as easy, if not easier to send a text this way. Faster too. No, this is not a spam ad nor an endorsement for Google Voice.

  30. Lisa Bradshaw

    HI, I am seeking the reverse: how send a txt TO email? your respondent ‘Taylor’ seemed to think it was simple:
    “31, 2010 7:08 am
    If you don’t know the numbers carrier and/or can’t find it online, just have them send a text message to your email inbox first and look at the address that it came from.”

    But HOW? I want to get someone to send me a text to go to my email from their phone which is not on wifi, and does not have a email ability.

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