Is there a web application that will let me send SMS email? Some services don't seem to support receiving normal email.

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    Do you mean an email to SMS gateway ?
    – phwd
    Jul 30 '10 at 10:43
  • SMS is completely different from email so please make your question clearer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sms Jul 30 '10 at 16:59
  • @phwd, @citadelgrad: I hadn't heard of this before I saw this webpage; billmonk.com/about/sms
    – Casebash
    Aug 1 '10 at 3:56
  • The title seems to ask "how can I send an SMS from a web app using a browser" which is a good question. However, maybe that's not the question at all...
    – Thufir
    Dec 6 '12 at 22:16
  • @Casebash, link down.......
    – Pacerier
    May 22 '14 at 11:17

Only the cellular phone carrier can decide whether you can send SMS via email or not. Here's how to reach people on the most popular carriers:

T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com

where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number


If you have some programming skills, you could make use of an SMS API (such as ZeepMobile or Twilio) and build a database associating emails to an SMS phone number. Then you could send emails to "phonenumber@yourappname.com". The app would receive the email and redirect the message to the appropriate phone number.

  • if he meant this then you can use Textie on your iPhone
    – phwd
    Jul 30 '10 at 18:37
  • Sorry, the question wasn't the clearest. This is what I meant by SMS email
    – Casebash
    Aug 1 '10 at 3:57
  • @Casebash, simply sending an email to that address doesn't work? Does the service reply with some kind of error message?
    – mbillard
    Aug 1 '10 at 11:39
  • I'm not sure what happened, testing again
    – Casebash
    Aug 3 '10 at 0:34
  • Actually it does seem to accept normal email, just really slow about it!
    – Casebash
    Aug 5 '10 at 2:31

I wouldn't recommend using the email to SMS function most carriers provide for 3 reasons: (1) the email address seem to change over time (I've had mine change with my carrier a few times) and (2) some carriers charge to receive email to SMS messages and (3) it's annoying to read, since I know some of them require you to respond with "Read" or similar before seeing the who message.

I've been using Twilio for voice and I've been quite impressed. I'm sure their SMS system isn't much different. You also wouldn't need to have much programming knowledge, although it would be a good idea to provide security.

There is also a similar quesiton on Pro Webmasters.

  • But twilio is considered expensive isn't it?
    – Pacerier
    May 22 '14 at 11:19
  • I would consider $0.0075 per message to be fairly cheap (twilio.com/sms/pricing) although there are probably cheaper ones out there, but being that it's so easy to setup I'd say it probably saves that amount of $$. May 22 '14 at 16:46
  • Hmm, considering the charge is per SMS, that's actually pretty expensive. If you send 20k SMSes per day, that's already costing ~$5k per month.
    – Pacerier
    May 22 '14 at 16:49
  • And there are cheaper options? 20k is a lot of messages! May 22 '14 at 20:29
  • A normal client subscription plan would give 1k free SMSes for a mere $30 per month, costing us just $600 for 20k (10x cheaper than $5k)...
    – Pacerier
    May 22 '14 at 20:45

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