How to send email to a cell phone number

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How to send email to a cell phone number
Sending an e-mail to a cell phone helps to save the recipient's talk time minutes. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from

You can send an e-mail to a cell phone number within a matter of minutes. A cell phone that is capable of receiving an SMS can receive an e-mail. An SMS, or short messaging service, is a text message of 160 characters or less than can be sent from a mobile phone. Depending on the recipient's cell phone type, they may be able to receive attachments as well. You do not need special equipment or software to send an e-mail to a cell phone number. If you already use an e-mail account, you can send an e-mail to a cell phone number.

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  1. 1

    Determine the mobile service provider of the cell phone you want to e-mail.

  2. 2

    Locate the mobile service provider's extension at the Outlook Express Versions and Updates website ( The extension is the part following the @ in the mobile customer's e-mail address. It is similar to an e-mail account's domain name. For example, a Sprint customer's extension would be

  3. 3

    Access your e-mail account. If your e-mail is web-based, access the email's site. If you use an e-mail client such as Outlook or Thunderbird, open the program by clicking on the icon on the computer's desktop.

  4. 4

    Log in to your e-mail account by entering the user name and password in the appropriate fields. Click "Sign In" or "Log In."

  5. 5

    Click "Compose" or "New" to open a blank e-mail message.

  6. 6

    Enter the email recipient's cell phone e-mail address. The email address will be the recipient's cell phone number + the mobile service provider's extension. For example, a Sprint's customer e-mail address would be

  7. 7

    Enter a subject for the email in the appropriate field.

  8. 8

    Compose the email message in the body of the email.

  9. 9

    Click "Send" to send the email to the cell phone number.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not know the mobile service provider of the phone you are e-mailing, use the search tool at Fone Finder ( Enter the cell phone number, then click "Search by Number." The mobile carrier will be listed in the search results for the number.

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