How to send and receive free text message (SMS) on 3G iPhone

by Leo PangLeo Pang on 1228347806|%e %B %Y
rating: 1, tags: 3g free how-to iphone sms text

Introduction

AT&T used to bundle the some free text messages (SMS) on the 2G iPhone. They don't do that any more. You have to pay extra for SMS package. This doesn't really make sense, since you have paid unlimited data plan, which allows you to send and receive emails without additional cost. So, why pay extra for SMS? With the push email feature, you can actually send and receive free text messages from your email account on your iPhone. I posted another article showing a website to send free SMS on your iPhone, but problem of that method is that your SMS receiver cannot reply the SMS. The method explained here not only allows you to send free SMS to your friends, but also allows them to reply directly in their SMS box, and you will get a message and an alert instantly in your email box.

Steps

  1. Open email and get into the compose screen on your iPhone
  2. In the "To" field, put the following email address, replace "xxxxxxxxxx" with your friend's 10 digit phone number without space. Well, since most of your friends are customers of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. This shouldn't be a big problem for you.
  3. Write your email, and click send.
  • Verizon: moc.txetv|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.txetv|xxxxxxxxxx
  • AT&T: ten.tta.txt|xxxxxxxxxx#ten.tta.txt|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Sprint: moc.scptnirps.gnigassem|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.scptnirps.gnigassem|xxxxxxxxxx
  • T-Mobile: ten.liamomt|xxxxxxxxxx#ten.liamomt|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Nextel: moc.letxen.gnigassem|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.letxen.gnigassem|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Cingular: moc.emralugnic|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.emralugnic|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Virgin Mobile: moc.lbomv|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.lbomv|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Alltel: moc.letlla.egassem|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.letlla.egassem|xxxxxxxxxx
  • CellularOne: moc.asuenollec.elibom|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.asuenollec.elibom|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Omnipoint: moc.scptniopinmo|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.scptniopinmo|xxxxxxxxxx
  • Qwest: moc.pmtsewq|xxxxxxxxxx#moc.pmtsewq|xxxxxxxxxx

Tips

You can save such email address in your contact as a "SMS Email" address for your friend, so that you don't have to type them in every time. Surprisingly, iPhone does have a "SMS Email" type that you can choose when you add an email address to a contact.

Warning

When your friends reply your SMS in they SMS box, they may have to pay depending on their SMS plan.

Things You'll Need

Your iPhone

Related iPhone Campus Articles

How to send SMS for free on iPhone

Sources and Citations

Send and Receive Free Text (SMS) and Picture messages from iPhone 3G on IT News Wire


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