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Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 2:39 pm

Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Is there one or more websites where I can send free text messages to UK mobiles?
I don't necessarily need a text message reply back to my US cell phone.

I don't want to do this via my US cell phone due to the cost and aggravation.

I read someone here recommend the twit thing but the people I need to contact are not on this thing and I have no idea how to use it either.

Kar98 Jul 12th 2011 3:10 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Can't you send these messages via e-mail? If you send me an e-mail to [email protected] it will arrive as text message on my phone, for example. I can't imagine you couldn't do the same with British cellphone operators.

Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 3:16 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490801)
Can't you send these messages via e-mail? If you send me an e-mail to [email protected] it will arrive as text message on my phone, for example. I can't imagine you couldn't do the same with British cellphone operators.

Yes, I can use email to send the text message.
From which site would I do this?

Kar98 Jul 12th 2011 3:17 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
From your e-mail program.

Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 3:21 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490814)
From your e-mail program.

So just replace the phone number you show above with the UK mobile number and use the same email domain as shown?

If so, would you know the correct syntax format for the UK mobile number?

Kar98 Jul 12th 2011 3:23 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Throw me a bone, mate. ;) Who's the provider, and I'll try and find out what the proper e-mail address would be.

Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 3:31 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490839)
Throw me a bone, mate.

Sorry, I have no idea what that means.


Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490839)
Who's the provider, and I'll try and find out what the proper e-mail address would be.

The first part of the mobile number is: 07958 4

Thanks for you help.

Oh, by the way, how long do you think it will be before TX secedes from the union?

avanutria Jul 12th 2011 3:44 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Kar, as far as I know TMobile is one of the only US providers to advertise doing that (email to text) and I never found any reference to being able to do it on a carrier in the UK. It doesn't sound like MrBenn knows the carrier of the UK number. It *might* be called One2One but the google results are inconclusive.

MrBenn, "Throw me a bone" in this case means something like "I am trying to help you but I need more information from you in order to assist." Who is your cell phone provider? The international cost might be less than you fear.

avanutria Jul 12th 2011 3:52 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Mr Benn, I googled "Text to UK Mobiles" and this was the first hit:

http://www.cbfsms.com/

I have never used this service and cannot comment on whether or not your message will actually reach its destination.

EDITED TO ADD - Read the terms carefully. Another site that came up on the google results charges the recipient 5 pounds to read the message!

Kar98 Jul 12th 2011 3:53 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by avanutria (Post 9490888)
Kar, as far as I know TMobile is one of the only US providers to advertise doing that (email to text)

None of them advertise it, as far as I know. But for Verizon Wireless, it's [email protected] for text messages and @vzwpix.com for multimedia messages; and @txt.att.net for at&t wireless.

avanutria Jul 12th 2011 3:54 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
Very interesting, I didn't know that!

Bob Jul 12th 2011 3:55 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
If you know who the folks in the UK are using as a phone carrier, you can google what the operator email to text is, so you can email their phone.

Sue, posted a smartphone app a few weeks back that let folks text people who had the app for free.

http://www.txt2day.com/ can do it through the web.

Kar98 Jul 12th 2011 3:56 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 
full list:

AT&T – [email protected]
Verizon – [email protected]
T-Mobile – [email protected]
Sprint PCS - [email protected]
Virgin Mobile – [email protected]
US Cellular – [email protected]
Nextel - [email protected]
Boost - [email protected]
Alltel – [email protected]

Added1:
Cincinnati Bell Wireless - [email protected]
and MetroPCS: [email protected] (eleven digit, leading one, ten digit number)
Added2:
@mms.att.net for multimedia messages to at&t.
@vzwpix.com for MMS to Verizon Wireless
@mms.uscc.net MMS to US Cellular
@sms.mycricket.com to Cricket
@fido.ca to Fido Canada
Screw typing out all those text messages on the tiny phone keyboard :thumbdown:

Recipient of these texts can also reply normally, and they would show up in your e-mail.

Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 4:07 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490921)
full list:

AT&T – [email protected]
Verizon – [email protected]
T-Mobile – [email protected]
Sprint PCS - [email protected]
Virgin Mobile – [email protected]
US Cellular – [email protected]
Nextel - [email protected]
Boost - [email protected]
Alltel – [email protected]

These are all US cell phone companies - do you have the UK ones?


Originally Posted by Kar98 (Post 9490921)
Screw typing out all those text messages on the tiny phone keyboard :thumbdown:

I agree. Its abysmal. The keys made for cellphones seem sized for 2 year-olds, not adults.

Door4MrBenn Jul 12th 2011 4:11 pm

Re: Free text message to UK mobiles (only via websites)
 

Originally Posted by avanutria (Post 9490899)
Mr Benn, I googled "Text to UK Mobiles" and this was the first hit:

http://www.cbfsms.com/

I know how to send a paid text message to the UK, if I want to. But this is not the issue or the question.

(Please use my correct name. Thank you).


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