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I did not know that. (…she says in her best Johnny Carson voice)
Jim and I tried it today, and it worked!
There’s More Than One Way To Send A Text Message
Yes, you could sit there with your tiny cell phone in hand and click through all of the individual number keys that represent the letters… until you’ve compiled a brief Text Message to send to someone else’s cell phone — all in a matter of… MINUTES.
But, if you’re near a computer, why not just zip out a short & sweet e-mail message to your pal in a matter of SECONDS instead?
Personally, Text Messaging has always been a pain — in my opinion. Now, I’m only going to use “the old fashioned method” if I’m away from the computer, and I have to get a message to someone right away.
Test it out yourself! All you need to do is send an e-mail to your cell phone at the address indicated below…
Here’s What You Need To Know:
- Cingular customers: firstname.lastname@example.org (BONUS TIP: If you have a camera phone, you can send a picture to email@example.com.)
- Verizon customers: firstname.lastname@example.org or use this online form
- Sprint customers: use this online form
- Cricket customers: use this online form
- Alltel customers: use this online form
Or, you could just use Teleflip to send text messages to friends’ cell phones from your computer!
UPDATE: Teleflip discontinued this service. A similar one is Txt2Day, but I haven’t tried it myself. Please post in the comments below if it works well or not.
Leave it to Yahoo!…
Yahoo Mobile takes it a step farther, making it possible for you to send a Text Message to ANYone with ANY cell phone service (works great for those cases when you don’t know what service someone subscribes to).
When all else fails, here’s another great resource to help you email a text message to people who use other cellphone providers.
Shortcuts To Keep Your Text Messages Brief
- Emoticons (…do YOU know how to display “This rocks!” in 3 symbols or less?!
- Computer Slang (…written for parents to help them understand what their kids are saying, but it works in text messaging too.)
- Urban Dictionary (…to help you make sense of what “those kids” are talking about!)
- Acronyms & What They Mean (…see what roflol and imho and other acronyms mean in computer speak.)
- Teen Chat Decoder (…see what today’s youth are REALLY saying.)
- Netlingo (…largest list of acronyms and text message shorthand.)
- Text Message Shorthand (…similar to abbreviations, this shorthand dictionary will keep you in the loop with popular jargon.)
- Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator (…understand the “leet” language used by kids online.)
So, there you have it. Now you can talk more without saying a word!
I got my first computer in 1986 and immediately started writing, saving documents, and organizing my entire life on it. Thus began my love affair with gadgets and all things tech. I built my first website in 1998 in old-school HTML code — before websites were "a thing". Blogs weren't invented yet. It was the same year that Google was born. My husband and I created TheFunTimesGuide.com in 2004 — before YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and Mashable were launched. That was the year Facebook started and 'blog' was the Word of the Year according Merriam-Webster. Ever since then, anytime a new electronic gadget hits the market… I have to have it. (My husband's impulsive nature to try out every new tech gadget invented is even worse than mine!) When I'm not trying out fun new tech gadgets, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).