Mobility

Use Outlook to send e-mail to a cell phone

Outlook is flexible enough to send e-mail to cell phones. You just need the cell phone's 10-digit number, the carrier's domain, and a cell phone that supports SMS.

Outlook can call your cell phone! Now, you might wonder why you'd bother, but it's a convenient way to send phone numbers, short messages, reminders, and other important stuff to your cell phone so you can store it or share it. For instance, you might send a new client's phone number and address to your cell phone, just in case you get lost or stuck in traffic.

Of course, you don't have to use Outlook to send e-mail to just your own cell phone. You can send e-mail to anybody, as long as their cell phone supports Short Message Service (SMS). Fortunately, it's a truly simple process:

  1. Create a new e-mail message.
  2. In the To text box, enter the cell phone number using the following syntax: 10-digit-number@carrierdomain.com
  3. Create a message of 160 characters or less. Or attach a .jpg file, if the cell phone is also a camera phone.
  4. Send the e-mail.

Below is a list of the major carrier domains:

Alltel @message.alltel.com
Cingular/AT&T @txt.att.net
Nextel @messaging.nextel.com
Sprint @messaging.sprintpcs.com
SunCom @tms.suncom.com
T-mobile @tmomail.net
VoiceStream @voicestream.net
Verizon @vtext.com

If you don't know the cell phone's service carrier, visit whitepages.com or phonenumber.com/reverse-phone, and enter the 10-digit cell phone number using the reverse lookup feature. If you're lucky, it'll list the carrier. If the carrier's domain isn't listed above, check its Web site.

Keep in mind that text messages aren't always free. The recipient might be charged for the message.

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

49 comments
john.noone
john.noone

Microsoft has discontinued their email to text messaging service, Outlook Mobile Service (OMS). However, Red Oxygen, a third-party service provider continues to offer software and add-ins to enable users to send text messages from their Outlook client. Learn more: http://redoxygen.com/outlook-mobile-2013/

saraW099
saraW099

TxtImpact Outlook supports all major USA carriers and as well as over 800 international networks. . Yet better, any replies to your text message will be automatically forwarded to your email inbox, No special or additional software required to send text messages, the feature is already installed with your Outlook http://www.txtimpact.com/outlooksms.asp.

norberto
norberto

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In2TheBlues
In2TheBlues

I use Sprint and I just tried it ...it worked flawlessly for me. It will come in handy, thanks for sharing.

jmcguire
jmcguire

I can send email from my Outlook 2003 account to my Verizon Blackberry and my name from my Outlook account shows on my Blackberry as the sender. I can do a reply from my Blackberry and my Outlook shows that the reply came from xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com (my BB phone number). Works great as long as I don't write many characters.

jdev1
jdev1

Domain name O2.co.uk NOT SUPPORTED IN THE UK - Use Microsoft Outlook to send e-mail to a cell phone In the ?To text box?, enter the cell phone number using the following syntax: 10-digit-number@carrierdomain.com

allan.lobeck
allan.lobeck

is it possible to get them in a format that you just reply to the email from your cell phone? It is great getting text but I cannot reply

jt
jt

You're kidding us, right? There's nothing here that's Outlook specific. Any email client can send an email to an email address--the key is knowing the recipient's phone prefix and carrier's suffix. And, the recipient is going to be the one to provide that to you more than likely. What -would- be valuable along these topic lines, is a discussion of what you need to know when using an email client to SMS text a mobile phone. Few examples: (1) Keep message to 160, as noted, -but- also ensure your email format option is set to Text. HTML code, while unseen to the user, is transmitted and will obliterate the 160 characters. (2) Standard email components, such as 'FRM:', 'SUBJ', and 'MSG:' (dependent on carrier) also consume some of the 160 characters. (3) The sender ID, as displayed in the phone's SMS inbox most likely will -not- be reflective of the actual sender info. Sending from results@jtpedersen.net may likely be displayed as coming from, '1010100004' or some such. (3a) Each additional email from the user will be assigned a new number (e.g. 1010100034). Discussions will not be threaded. (3b) The recipient may, or may not, be able to simply reply to the sender. (4) Just because you have a camera in your phone, does not mean you'll be able to receive attached pictures. iPhone 3G for instance does not support pictures sent via SMS/MMS. I'm sure there's more, but this could've been a much more value-add article if you'd tried. JT...

ceborger
ceborger

Recent changes - as of tomorrow: Dear registered users of SMS Link? On August 26, 2009, the SMS Link service for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 will be discontinued. This e-mail is to inform you of the service?s discontinuation and give you alternatives should you desire to continue sending SMS (?Text?) message through Office Outlook 2007. You will receive NDR (non-delivered report) if you try to send out SMS (?Text?) message using your SMS link account after the service shut down. If you want to remove your SMS Link Account in Outlook , please follow the guide here. There are several service providers worldwide who offer similar services, and if you wish to continue using this feature in Office Outlook 2007, you should consider switching to one of these providers. Here is the link to the service provider hosted web site: Providers to consider include: ? SMS Officer ? Red Oxygen ? Bulletin Providers such as these will allow Outlook users to send SMS messages regardless of which wireless carrier they use, as they are 3rd party services that work with a variety of international wireless service providers. We are not recommending any particular service and we do not guarantee that these services will be able to meet your needs. While we sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused by the decision to discontinue Microsoft?s SMS Link offering, hopefully you may continue sending SMS messages from Outlook using these or other service providers. Thank you for using SMS Link, and thank you for choosing Microsoft. Thanks, The SMS Link Team ________________________________________

gerardw
gerardw

For looking up the carrier for any mobile number, I use www.MobileCarrierLookup.com. It is free.

harpo5nj
harpo5nj

How would I know if message charges would be incurred for the (cell phone) recipient?

vcarols
vcarols

Since I got a new pc, which has Vista, I CANNOT send jpg files to my cell from outlook ,,,why????????????? I could with XP.

SargonZero
SargonZero

This is not a feature of Outlook--the email to SMS conversion is done on the receiving server end. it is cool though.

Will_B
Will_B

For Bell Canada it is very easy with the 10 digit cell phone number and @txt.bell.ca 1234567890@txt.bell.ca Not only does this work from Outlook, but the SMS message also works for Black Berry to Cell phones and back to the Black Berry. My wife is currently sending SMS messages to the UK to her Cousin. It workes quite well. I don't have the UK carriier name or SMS Recipient address, just noting that it is working.

Chip Seelig
Chip Seelig

10-digit-number@vtext.com might not work if you are trying to send a picture. If you find this is the case, use: 10-digit-number@vzwpix.com.

fpasinato
fpasinato

Nick, Enclosed, you will find the link of a potential company that could be usefull to us.

thomas.melanie.j
thomas.melanie.j

Can we do this in Australia? I cant seem to find our major carrier domains ie. Telstra??

AaronShim
AaronShim

does anybody know if this applies to the UK too?

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