Using Email to Send Text Messages

I had to drop my car off at Les Schwab this morning and realized I forgot to bring my cell phone with me, so I couldn't call my wife to let her know how long I'd be.

Fortunately I had my laptop with me and was able to send her a text message using email.

To send SMS text messages to any cell phone in the US using email, just use your 10-digit phone number including area code as the first part of the email address (without any dashes or hyphens).

Use the table below to figure out the last half of the email address for each major phone carrier.

Type your text message as the email subject and don't worry about entering a message body, but remember there's a 140 character limit to text messages so keep it brief just like you would if you were using your cell phone.

Text messaging fees still apply when texting via email.

Phone Carrier SMS Text Email Address
AT&T cellnumber@txt.att.net
Verizon cellnumber@vtext.com
Sprint cellnumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile cellnumber@tmomail.net
Nextel cellnumber@messaging.nextel.com
Alltel cellnumber@message.alltel.com
Virgin Mobile cellnumber@vmobl.com
US Cellular cellnumber@email.uscc.net
Metro PCS cellnumber@mymetropcs.com

My Geeked Out Road Warrior Survival Pack

I've built up a respectible arsenal of gadgets and devices while logging almost 200,000 miles in frequent flier miles this year.

Some are necessities, and some are just for fun. Some are just to keep my sanity on longer trips like the one I'm taking this week to Cologne, Germany.

My geeked out road warrior survival pack includes everything from a lithium-ion battery pack that gives my iphone 2 extra charges, to a sleek pair of noise canceling Bose headphones that block out the majority of jet airplane engine noises.

It also makes a great Christmas shopping list for the business traveler or technology addict in your life ;-)

Here's my Letterman's countdown of top ten must-have gadgets when traveling for business or pleasure:

10. Starbuck's Via 3-pack. Technology aside... Let's face it - hotel room coffee tastes horrible no matter what brand they use.

I really need a good cup of coffee to start the day off right (especially for east coast trips where it feels like I'm getting up at 4 a.m.) and these instant coffee packs from Starbucks are just as good as the real thing. You can get hot water from just about anywhere, including an in-room coffee maker without the coffee grounds.

9. iPod nano with armband. Yes, I have an iPhone too (see #1 below) but a small ipod is more convenient for working out, and also provides more hours of music for helping long flights go by faster.

8. Camera. I bring my Nikon D50 DSLR camera along with a 300mm zoom lens when I want to be sure and capture the city views in high quality (and I usually have some time after business hours for touring the city).

Review: iPhone Full Body Protection

One of the first things I did after purchasing my iPhone 3GS was to buy a screen protector. In fact, I had the sales tech install it for me in the Apple store to make sure there was no way a scratch could find it's way anywhere near my new device.

I've been careful like that with all my gadgets - all the way back to my Blackberry Curve and even my old Motorola RAZR.

My first iPhone screen protector was brittle though, and didn't stick very well around the edges, as you can see from the photo below. It also didn't protect the sides or the back (I already have a scratch on the silver side trim, and several scratches on the back side even though I've been extremely careful with it).

Today I discovered the Invisible Shield, which is a full body skin that's precision cut for the iPhone (and many other mobile devices).

The shield has a piece that covers the front and another that covers that back and wraps around the sides for full protection. It's contoured so it's able to wrap snuggly around the corners of the iPhone, and comes with a special spray that helps it adhere tightly and without peeling like my old skin (and without leaving residue if I need to remove it later).

The film is very flexible and made of thin polyurethane (.02 milligrams), yet is super tough. It was originally used by the military to protect helicopter blades, and it's able to provide protection without interfering with the look and sleekness of my iPhone.

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Using iPhone 3GS on WiFi-enabled Flights

I'm enroute to Dallas, TX right now and it's a wifi flight with American Airlines. I'm typing... I mean tapping this post on my iPhone 3GS, after paying a nominal $7.95 fee.

The Internet speed on the in-flight wifi connection is plenty fast to download a music album from iTunes while updating 4 apps, browsing the web and checkng email, without any noticeable slow down.

GPS looks a little confused though - it thinks I'm still at the airport even though we've been traveling for a couple hours, probably because that's where the signal is coming from:

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SMS also doesn't work, so don't plan on texting on these flights. You also can't share a connection between a laptop and mobile device - you have to pay an additional connection for a laptop or mobile device (iPhone, Blackberry, etc).

I'd love to see wifi be free on flights, but all things considered, I felt it was still a great value since I was able to get a lot of work done (and play) instead of wasting a few hours in the air.


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