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      • #2211623 Reply
        berniec
        AskWoody Plus

        I’d like to send a text message to a colleague’s cell phone.  I’m wondering if there’s a way to do it from win10.  I’ve tried searching but it is all very confusing.   Some seemed to use skype to send a message, some could only send to android phones [and I have no idea what kind of phone my colleague has — that seems to make no difference when I text him from my cell].

        Is there some way to run something on win10, give it a phone # and have it send a text message to that phone?

         

      • #2211650 Reply
        Michael Austin
        AskWoody Plus

        If you’ve an Android phone and you use the Windows 10 Your Phone app. Here on Ask Woody I’d inquired about iOS and the replies said it wouldn’t work for iOS.

        Finance, social and tech founder. My new, planet-wide talk show, Casual Saints, is being readied for a May-ish 2020 😉 debut.

      • #2211657 Reply
        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        There is a way to do it through gmail.

         

        You don’t need a charged phone with a data or Wi-Fi connection to send a text message — Gmail can handle it for you right from your desktop.

        All you have to know is the recipient’s phone number and carrier. To send them an SMS, compose an email putting their 10-digit phone number (no dashes) as the username and their carrier’s gateway address (available on carriers’ websites) as the domain in the “to” field.
        For example, an email-based text to a Verizon customer would look something like 0123456789@vtext.com. Other common domains include @mms.att.net for AT&T, @messaging.sprintpcs.com for Sprint and @tmomail.net for T-Mobile.

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
        4 Win 10 Pro at 1909 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

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        • #2259663 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          This should work with any email – not just gmail.

      • #2211717 Reply
        Mike
        AskWoody Plus

        Like mentioned, you can use the wireless companies text gateway, but many times you have to go to the trouble of logging in. I use Verizon’s application called Message+.  It can work with PC or MAC OS or Android via WiFi. Works great for me. Evidently you don’t have to be a Verizon customer.  Here’s  a link to the FAQ:   https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/verizon-messages-faqs/

         

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      • #2211725 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Use signal with the desktop app. I use it to send pictures and files between my phone and computer.

        https://www.signal.org/

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        • #2259815 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          thanks for the info on signal  it is great

        • #2259928 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          I do not own a cell phone. Does Signal require that to work on my Windows 10 desktop?

          Thanks,

          Dan

          • #2259971 Reply
            anonymous
            Guest

            I do not have cell phone either. I do not tracker in my pocket. I found this recently:

            https://www.textnow.com/

            I have not test it since it needs facebook, apple, or gmail. All three are privacy concern for me. My have to create a fake gmail to test it out when I have time.

      • #2211732 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        I’m sure other cell phone providers have something similar.

        You can send a message to any Verizon mobile number from your email:
        Compose a message as if you were sending a standard email.
        Note: Your message must be 160 characters or less, including the subject line and recipient’s email address.
        In the To field, enter the 10-digit mobile number of the recipient followed by @vtext.com (e.g., 9495****12@vtext.com).

        Note: You can also include an attachment, like a picture or emoji. However, in the To field, enter the 10-digit mobile number of the recipient followed by @vzwpix.com (e.g., 9495****12@vzwpix.com), instead of @vtext.com.

        Send the message.

        You’ve successfully sent a text from your email.

        EDIT html to text – if copying>pasting, please make sure you either use the Text Editor box, or use the Paste As Text option in the Visual Editor box.

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      • #2211781 Reply
        berniec
        AskWoody Plus

        I’m sure other cell phone providers have something similar.

        You can send a message to any Verizon mobile number from your email:
        Compose a message as if you were sending a standard email.
        Note: Your message must be 160 characters or less, including the subject line and recipient’s email address.
        In the To field, enter the 10-digit mobile number of the recipient followed by @vtext.com (e.g., 9495****12@vtext.com).

        Note: You can also include an attachment, like a picture or emoji. However, in the To field, enter the 10-digit mobile number of the recipient followed by @vzwpix.com (e.g., 9495****12@vzwpix.com), instead of @vtext.com.

        Send the message.

        You’ve successfully sent a text from your email.

        EDIT html to text – if copying>pasting, please make sure you either use the Text Editor box, or use the Paste As Text option in the Visual Editor box.

        this was the simplest suggestiong and I gambled that my colleague had a verizon cell and they did!  So it all worked and was very easy.  Are there similar gateways for the other cell providers [there are only something like four or five right?   Sprint, t-mobile… ??]

      • #2211828 Reply
        Elly
        AskWoody MVP

        Other common domains include @mms.att.net for AT&T, @messaging.sprintpcs.com for Sprint and @tmomail.net for T-Mobile.

        Non-techy Win 10 Pro and Linux Mint experimenter

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      • #2211830 Reply
        berniec
        AskWoody Plus

        Other common domains include @mms.att.net for AT&T, @messaging.sprintpcs.com for Sprint and @tmomail.net for T-Mobile.

        Wow — I think that gets the big 4.  AFAIK there’s no way to tell these days which provider is handling a particular cell #, but I’m guessing that given an unknown person I’m trying to contact I could just send it to his phone # at all 4 gateways and I’m guessing the three that aren’t right will just throw it away

      • #2211866 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        This shotgun approach is often useful in troubleshooting. But take care, using this for general communication may get your account marked for spamming.

        A better approach may be to verbally ask your intended contact to send a message to your email address. That message header will show the correct syntax for that contact. Your email handler will also offer to remember it for you, as a service.

        It is also a friendlier method than surprising them. Unexpe3cted messages are often mistaken as impersonating you as a spoof.

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      • #2258838 Reply
        bobthrasher
        AskWoody Lounger

        If you have an Andriod phone and you install Messages from the GooglePlay store. From a Chrome-based browser and you are logged into your Google Account from your phone in Messanger you can go to the upper right 3 vertical dots > press > done to Messages for web > Select it will give you instructions to “Go to https:messages.google.com/web on your computer”

        When it pops up with a QR code use upon your computer select the QR code scanner bar in the Messages app just below “Go to https:messages.google.com/web on your computer” and follow instructions and you are all set.

        This will send messages to any service and receive them also both on your phone and your computer.

        • #2259266 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          I had TextFree for a couple of years then I switched to Google Messages and like it better. I’ve been using that for about 6 months now and it works pretty well.

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        • #2259329 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          I use this all the time.  Easy and integrates into my text messages on my phone.

      • #2258924 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        http://Textfree.us is the answer. It runs in your browser or in an android app, both can set notifications. You get your very own phone number and you can answer messages – all online and free. Only heavy users will need a paid account.

      • #2258946 Reply
        Rick Corbett
        AskWoody_MVP

        Try this service for carrier lookup: https://www.opentextingonline.com/carrierlookup

        It found the *actual* carrier of my MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) phone number in seconds, pointing me at the carrier’s gateway address (which, unfortuately, doesn’t appear in this list of ~180 carrier gateways).

        Hope this helps…

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        KP
        • #2259889 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          Thanks for the carrier lookup link. Works well. Identified the carrier of my Google Voice number as Bandwidth.com.

      • #2259058 Reply
        sgayner
        AskWoody Plus

        In case anyone is curious, here is the list I have collected over the years.

        AT&T: number@txt.att.net (SMS), number@mms.att.net (MMS)
        Boost Mobile: number@sms.myboostmobile.com (SMS),
        Boost Mobile: number@myboostmobile.com (MMS)
        Consumer Cellular: number@mailmymobile.net
        Cricket: number@sms.cricketwireless.net (SMS)
        Cricket: number@mms.cricketwireless.net (MMS)
        C-Spire: number@cspire1.com
        Google Fi (Project Fi): number@msg.fi.google.com (SMS & MMS)
        Metro PCS: number@mymetropcs.com (SMS & MMS)
        Page Plus: number@vtext.com
        Republic Wireless: number@text.republicwireless.com (SMS)
        Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com(SMS)
        Sprint: number@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
        Ting: number@message.ting.com
        T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net(SMS & MMS)
        Tracfone: number@mmst5.tracfone.com (MMS)
        U.S. Cellular: number@email.uscc.net (SMS)
        U.S. Cellular: number@mms.uscc.net(MMS)
        Verizon: number@vtext.com (SMS),
        Verizon: number@vzwpix.com (MMS)
        Virgin Mobile: number@vmobl.com (SMS),
        Virgin Mobile: number@vmpix.com (MMS)
        XFinity Mobile: number@vtext.com (SMS),
        XFinity Mobile: number@mypixmessages.com (MMS)

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      • #2259303 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Has anyone mentioned using Google Voice for messaging from computer to cell phone? I’ve been using Voice for years.

      • #2259933 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Thanks for the tips on sending an SMS via email from a desktop PC.
        But since I do not own a cell phone, is it possible to receive an SMS to a Win 10 PC?

        Dan

      • #2260029 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        Your Google Voice number can both send and receive SMS on your PC

      • #2260154 Reply
        Jodygok
        AskWoody Plus

        it wont let me post the answer, but i need this a few years ago for my company, and created this list of all the carrierstext-to-carrier-sms
        domestic and international, hope it helps.

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      • #2260266 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        I use Mighty Text https://mightytext.net/

        I can text back and forth via my phone’s SMS account. Much easier for a dinosaur like me to use a full keyboard on longer texts that to try to peck out a long message on a touchscreen.

        You also get 100gb of photo storage. Might Text automatically backs up any photo folders you wish from your phone.

        There is a companion app called Simply Text and is a replacement for the native text system. I don’t use this as it does not (yet) support RCS.

        It’s $40 per month. I find this a value.

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