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Can i send TEXTS from my laptop?

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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 23, 2013 2:04 PM

i think this may be a dumb question but can i send texts to people's phones with a phone number from my laptop?

 

i need to send a bunch of these and i don't want to have to do it on my phone.

 

TIA

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), with 64 bit Win7 Boot Camp | iCloud
  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:09 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Almost very carrier has the option to send an SMS or MMS message via email, but each carrier will have a specific domain address.  For example, to send to an AT&T customer you would email the txt to the at:

     

    1234567890@txt.att.net. That email address gets translated by AT&T's servers and routed to their mobile phone as an SMS text.

     

    SMS tetx limits on characters still applies.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Hi,

     

    The Messages app can do this.

     

    The basic method is you have an AIM Account in Messages and display the Buddy List (Window menu).

    You then add the Phone Number as it is were a Buddy with a leading +1  (As in +1234567890)

     

    There are restrictions:-

    1) the Computer has to set as if it is in the United States (System Preferences > Language and Text > Region)

    2) The Phone has to be in the United States AND
    3) Has to be on a carrier that supports AIM's SMS forwarding

     

    AimSMSBuddy.png

     

    The Leading +1 is in fact a country code but AIM have never rolled this out further than the Untied States.

    Their site has a list of carriers on it somewhere.

     

     

     

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Anyone can send a text via email to any cell phone number as long as they know the right SMS gateway for the carrier they are sending to. A list of gateways is on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways

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    Feb 23, 2013 2:38 PM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    You can sign up for a Google Voice account, use it for texts. Then you can send and receive texts from your Mac. (The service is free)

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:52 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Your GV account will be associated with your actual phone, think of it as an additional phone number for the same phone. Texts sent to that number appear on your phone and on your Mac (at the GV web page).

     

    Calls to the GV number can go anywhere you choose, or nowhere at all, up to you.

     

    You can send from either location and also receive at either location.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 5:04 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:

     

    hi michael.

     

    so i am not sure i am understanding if this is practical.

     

    these phone numbers are from people that signed up on a homes tour with just their phone number and no email address. i would like to thank them for visiting without having to call them.

     

     

     

    THANKS

     

    That's a problem then.  With that kind of list, yes to use email, you would need to know the carrier associated with each phone number in order to put the right SMS gateway address with each number.

     

    You could create a group in your contacts and send a group SMS.  There is a $0.99 app that will use contact groups to send group SMS - I am not sure, but I think it sends a single SMS to every contact in the group?  I've never used it, so cannot say for sure just how it handles everything, but its an option, although you'd have to do it from your iPhone and not your computer.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,370 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

     

    hotwheels 22 wrote:

     

    send texts to people's phones with a phone number from my laptop?

    email will send txt to people's number.  Carrier specific.

     

     

    AT&T – cellnumber@txt.att.net

     

        Verizon – cellnumber@vtext.com  ???

        Verizon - cellnumber@vzwpix.com    pictures too

     

        T-Mobile – cellnumber@tmomail.net

        Sprint PCS - cellnumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com

        Virgin Mobile – cellnumber@vmobl.com

        US Cellular – cellnumber@email.uscc.net

        Nextel - cellnumber@messaging.nextel.com

        Boost - cellnumber@myboostmobile.com

        Alltel – cellnumber@message.alltel.com

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