Did you know you can text from your computer?

I just lost my phone three days ago.  The ever optimist in me is hoping that whoever found it will return it.  Who would want my phone anyway?  Needless to say, the first day I felt lost, but just like riding a bicycle, living without one comes back to you like back in the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to stop using one altogether but I’m not rushing to get a new one either.  Let’s say that I like to investigate what’s out there before I purchase something that I’ll regret.  In the meantime, I’m living without one.

As much as cell phones keep you connected to everyone at every second of the day, having a cell phone also gives you a lot of freedom.  For example, I don’t have to go to my computer to check emails or search the web; I can do this from my phone. Texting is another great advantage which connects you to another person in an instant.  I thought that I wasn’t going to be able to do that until I got my phone back or bought a new one, but I was wrong.  You guessed it, you can text someone from your computer.  This isn’t new technology.

That being said, here’s what you do:

1. Choose the phone carrier from the list below:

  • AT&T: [recipient’scellnumber]@txt.att.net
  • Qwest: [recipient’scellnumber]@qwestmp.com
  • T-Mobile: [recipient’scellnumber]@tmomail.net
  • Verizon: [recipient’scellnumber]@vtext.com
  • Sprint: [recipient’scellnumber]@messaging.sprintpcs.com or number@pm.sprint.com
  • Virgin Mobile: [recipient’scellnumber]@vmobl.com
  • Nextel: [recipient’scellnumber]@messaging.nextel.com
  • Alltel: [recipient’scellnumber]@message.alltel.com
  • Metro PCS: [recipient’scellnumber]@mymetropcs.com
  • Powertel: [recipient’scellnumber]@ptel.com
  • Boost Mobile: [recipient’scellnumber]@myboostmobile.com
  • Suncom: [recipient’scellnumber]@tms.suncom.com
  • Tracfone: [recipient’scellnumber]@mmst5.tracfone.com
  • U.S. Cellular: [recipient’scellnumber]@email.uscc.net

2. Insert their cell number in place of “[recipient’scellnumber]”
3. Write your message in the subject and body
4. Hit Send

That’s all it takes.  Try it.  I’ve used it in the past few days and it works.

Hopefully you don’t have to use it because you lost your phone, but it comes in handy if you are on your computer or maybe your phone battery is dead.