Free SMS to Email
June 22, 2009 11:18 AM   Subscribe

How can I send a SMS to an email address for free?

Note: I am NOT looking for Email to SMS, nor Voice to Email/SMS, but instead SMS to email.

I've searched for other answers and one thread did pop up. However there was never a decent answer for it.

I'm looking for something similar to this service.The only reason I'm wary of that one is that I don't want to use something that may send infinite spam. In other words, one that probably has a decent reputation. Not to mention having to type the email address every single time!

Hacks like work arounds will be fine. If I can even email myself via SMS I can create a filter while I'm gone to email it to my family.

Bonus: If there is a way to automatically email myself copies then that would be icing on the cake. I have limited storage on my phone.

The reason I need it is we're going to be traveling and I want a way to email my family where we are at any given moment. I don't want to incur charges on my family's cell phone bills, so direct text messaging is out.

Any ideas at all?
posted by magnoliasouth to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
Sign up for Twitter, they can either follow you there or you can have your feed go to a different web page.
posted by IanMorr at 11:25 AM on June 22, 2009

Response by poster: Update: The link I provided (the service) is actually for software. I was too quick to post. I'm not looking for software but an actual service. Thanks!
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:27 AM on June 22, 2009

Response by poster: Isn't Twitter limited so so many SMS a month?
posted by magnoliasouth at 11:27 AM on June 22, 2009

I think the only limit is 1000 updates per day
posted by IanMorr at 11:33 AM on June 22, 2009

Best answer: On my phone/plan (Samsung a707 on an AT&T plan) I am simply able to type an email address into the "to" field for text messages and it sends to that email address. The only difficult part is typing the @ character. Have you given that a try?
posted by likedoomsday at 11:50 AM on June 22, 2009

Like the answer above I can send an SMS to an email address simply by putting an email address in the TO: field on my phone. (Virgin Mobile - so it should work the same way on Sprint)
posted by COD at 12:15 PM on June 22, 2009

Verizon here, and like the others above, I can just put in an email address in the To: field.
posted by thewalledcity at 12:50 PM on June 22, 2009

Response by poster: I'm using T-Mobile and the phone I have won't let me enter letters. I can only enter numbers. :(
posted by magnoliasouth at 1:42 PM on June 22, 2009

Response by poster: Aha! I can, however, email text as a picture message. Great! That's all I needed! :)
posted by magnoliasouth at 1:45 PM on June 22, 2009

Sounds like you're set, but if you're sending messages out to lots of family members at once, you might want to check out Tatango.
posted by Maia at 4:34 PM on June 22, 2009

I have t-mobile and by changing the text input type I can send text messages to any email address. Alternativaly, when I create a blank message and go to send I end up on my contact list. When I then select options I have the option to "Enter Number" or "Enter Email".
posted by Raichle at 12:06 AM on June 23, 2009

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