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Despite the fact that just about everyone can read their email on their smartphone, there will always be times and situations in which it is more advantageous to send a short email as a text.

This is particularly useful if you’re emailing a non-smartphone user, need to send a text when you’re away from your phone, or want to use a text for branding purpose. Professionals tend to pay far more attention to texts than emails, so it can be a powerful communication strategy!

The process works via an email to SMS gateway. As long as you know the phone number of the recipient in question — and the name of their service provider — it’s easy to locate an appropriate gateway address for forwarding your message. Here is everything you need to know about how to send a text from your email account.

Step 1: Using the email client of your choice, compose your email as you would normally. You can use either your smartphone or your computer to do so.

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Step 2: Instead of entering an email address in the recipient box, insert the 10-digit phone number of the person you’re trying to reach.

Step 3: Once entered, tack on the appropriate “@gateway” address behind it. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common service providers in the United States and their corresponding gateway addresses.

Look up a number’s phone carrier via these sites:

Find Areacode and Prefix location – Telco

or

Find Areacode and Prefix location – Fonefind

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Once the phone carrier is determined, add the relevant mobile email addresses to the phone number.

Keep in mind that if you’re trying to send an email that’s more than 160 characters long, it will often be sent through the Multimedia Message Service (MMS). If the person you’re messaging doesn’t have a messaging plan that includes Multimedia Messaging, then they will not receive the message. Some carriers also offer email to MMS gateways — detailed in the table above — so if you’d like to send a message that’s more than 160 characters, use an MMS gateway instead of an SMS gateway.

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10 comments

  1. Hi, I’ve also tried Vocalogic which provides a carrier lookup API. In addition to returning the carrier there are also return the email addresses for sending SMS and MMS messages to the phone. Costs half a penny each.

  2. Great post…

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  8. Great references for finding a phone number’s carrier! Thanks!

  9. Great list.

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