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SMS instructions

TelephoneMessagePad is a hosted phone message service that allows you to take a single message and send it as an email and as a text message (SMS). You do not need to have an SMS account or even know how to send text messages. Log into the service and under the "Forms" menu, select and fill out the form called "sms_form".

Each wireless carrier has an email to SMS gateway. An email sent to the gateway address is converted to a text message. The general form of the email address is the mobile telephone number of the subscriber (numbers only), the "@", and the domain name of the gateway.

TelephoneMessagePad chooses the appropriate formatting for email and SMS destinations: HTML (default) for email and text for SMS. SMS has a 160 character limit and TelephoneMessagePad packs the message to fit. The fields included and excluded are described on the entry form.

SMS Message

 

SMS Gateways

Because each wireless operator has a different gateway domain, it is necessary to know who the wireless operator is. Here is a list of gateway domains common to USA.

Carrier   SMS format
AT&T111@txt.att.net
Verizon111@vzwpix.com or @vtext.com
T-Mobile 111@tmomail.net
Sprint111@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Alltel111@message.alltel.com

There is also a somewhat larger gateway list with extensive comments.

If you do not know the carrier the fonefinder site can guess the carrier provided you know the mobile phone number. Fonefinder works by using a database of phone number blocks assigned to each carrier. Because individual phone numbers are portable, the results are not accurate for phone numbers which have changed from the initial carrier but Fonefinder is still helpful in many cases. The phone message service allows you to send a text message using any of the forms. When sent to a mobile phone, only the data is sent. Here, we send the same message to an email address and a mobile phone (see below for how to do this). On the iPhone (at right), the message is displayed as soon as the user activates the screen, insuring the message is not lost. When sent to an email address (lower left), the message is sent in its entirety.


Tip

TelephoneMessagePad can be used to send free-form SMS texts from your computer. Enter your message in the free-form message box and leave the structured form fields empty. Empty fields are skipped in formatting the SMS text and your free-form message is what is sent.