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Jul 10, 2008

TextAnnoyANation

Pc2sms PCWorld just told me that I can send text messages via email.

Here are the addresses:

AT&T:         phone-number@txt.att.net
Verizon:      phone-number@vtext.com
Sprint:        phone-number@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile:    phone-number@tmomail.com

I'm guessing that few of the Archer Pelican's regular readers are heavy texters with AYCE plans.  But maybe I'm wrong?  (It seems that my friends come in two varieties -- either no texting at all, or they have a CrackBerry and/or iPhone.) I suspect that most of my friends will pay something between 10 and 25 cents per message, so I promise to be judicious with this new-to-me function.  Even after discovering that there's a service for sending anonymous texts for free: AnonTxt.com.

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Demographic disclosure
: My all-I-need-to-eat AT&T media plan costs $10 a month and I use it to check email from my phone, and to send/receive very occasional text messages.  If I text a full word (e.g., "see" or "you" or "fine") and then realize that I could have used fewer letters (e.g., "c" or "u" or "fyn"), I delete the full word and type the shorter one. It is annoying to enter Michael Bacon's last name into my telephone, and I've had to do it at least three times.  I have a paper subscription to PCWorld and generally read it in the bathroom.  I find their online version difficult to navigate.  Text messages from the Obama campaign are, thankfully, rare.  I'd still like to turn them off but I haven't taken the time to figure out how. 

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Comments

I ended up getting the 1500 messages plan from Verizon, primarily for using with Twitter. I like it. :)

Posted by: Lenore | Jul 10, 2008 10:04:32 PM

If someone wants to email you a picture, they can send it to phone-number@mms.att.net assuming you've got the right plan and phone to receive the file. I can send you a test if you want to see if it works for your phone.

Posted by: Toastie | Jul 10, 2008 11:21:37 PM

As someone who has been stuck without a phone for almost three months (No longer! Yay!), but who has had occasional access to e-mail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_gateways

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jul 11, 2008 2:10:06 AM

Or, just try teleflip:

@teleflip.com

Posted by: Dave Hunkins | Aug 18, 2008 2:19:59 AM

The whole notion of texting anonymously is kinda funny. The nature of SMS and the technology behind it leaves tons of digital breadcrumbs for authorities to follow back. Fun for a prank though. I would suggest anonymous messaging as another alternative. Not the same as anonymous email, because like SMS, you dont have to use email to send the message. You can send an anonymous message at silentsender.com . It's 256 bit SSL secure too.

Posted by: Anonymous Messaging | Apr 10, 2011 1:40:11 PM