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How to Text From Email

How to Text From Email

Texting is quickly becoming the preferred method of communication in the modern world, with 8.6 trillion Short Messaging Services (SMS) messages being sent on an annual basis. For some of us, texting is the only way to communicate. Sometimes it’s just easier to send someone a quick message instead of having a long conversation with them. Maybe your workplace won’t allow you to talk on the phone (i.e you work in a call center or attend a lot of meetings). Most cell providers allow unlimited texting, so it can be a great way to conserve cell minutes. No matter what your reason for texting is, it’s not a feature you want to lose.

So what happens if you lose your cell phone or your service is disconnected? What if your texting app crashes and you have an important message to send? What if you need to get a hold of someone who doesn’t text?

Luckily, you’re not completely cut off from the rest of the world. It’s easy to send messages between text and email. Each cell phone provider sets up an email address for your 10-digit phone number. Below is a list of email addresses based on your cell provider. Simply replace the term “cellnumber” with your 10-digit phone number (no dashes). For example, if you have a Sprint phone, and your phone number is (123) 456-7890, your email address would be 1234567890@messaging.sprintpcs.com.

Cell Provider SMS Email Addresses

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AT&T – cellnumber@txt.att.net

Boost Mobile – cellnumber@myboostmobile.com

Cricket – cellnumber@sms.mycricket.com

MetroPCS – cellnumber@mymetropcs.com

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Sprint – cellnumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com

T-Mobile – cellnumber@tmomail.net

Tracfone – cellnumber@mmst5.tracfone.com

US Cellular – cellnumber@email.uscc.net

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Verizon – cellnumber@vtext.com

VirginMobile – cellnumber@vmobl.com

Remember this works both way. You can send SMS messages to an email address as well. This is useful when attempting to communicate with your old-fashioned friends or family members who don’t have a smartphone. When texting, instead of inputting a phone number, input their email address as the recipient.

If you don’t have an email address and would like to take advantage of these features, you can sign up for a free account at one of the following sites:

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Other Ways To Communicate Via SMS

Email isn’t the only way to communicate through text message. AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger all allow you to send a text message to any phone number through their applications.

For AIM – Open a chat window with your buddy by clicking their name/picture in your buddy list. Click the cell phone icon on the bottom left of the IM window. This will open a new IM window. If you already have their cell number listed, it will show automatically. If not, input the 10 digit number. From there, you can chat away. Keep in mind your username will use up characters, so you’re limited on what you can send.

For Yahoo! – Put your mouse over your contact’s name in your contact list to make their contact card appear. Enter +1 and the 10 digit phone number, and open a normal chat window. If your friend is not online in Yahoo! Messenger, you will automatically send them an SMS message.

For Windows Messenger – Select the “Action” tab at the top of the window, then select “Send Other,” followed by “Send a Message to a Mobile Device.” Choose the contact you wish to send a message to. If you already have a phone number, it will appear. If not, enter the phone number. An IM window will appear, allowing you to send an SMS message.

Each of these services also has a mobile app, so you can skip SMS altogether and chat directly through good ol’ fashioned IM.

There are also websites that you can use to send free SMS messages. Read more about our favorite service here.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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