How do I send a text message from my computer to a cell phone?

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How do I send a text message from my computer to a cell phone?
Use your computer to send text messages to friends and family. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you want to send a text message to a friend but you do not want to incur text messaging charges or you do not have a cell phone, you can still do so in a variety of different ways. From instant messaging services to cell phone providers, many companies now make it possible for you to send free text messages to a cell phone right from your computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sign up for a Google Voice account by visiting Voice.Google.com.

  2. 2

    Click the "Text" button at the top of the screen to open the "Send a Text Message" box.

  3. 3

    Enter the cell phone number of the person your want to send a text to in the "To" field. Type your text in the "Message" box.

  4. 4

    Click the "Send" button to send the text message from Google Voice on your computer. Replies to your text message will appear in your Google Voice inbox.

  1. 1

    Download and install Yahoo! Messenger to your computer.

  2. 2

    Launch Yahoo! Messenger and click the "Get a new Yahoo! ID" link.

  3. 3

    Log into Yahoo! Messenger once you have created a new account.

  4. 4

    Click the "Actions" tab at the top of Messenger. Select "Send SMS Message" from the drop-down menu.

  5. 5

    Enter the cell phone number of the person you want to text. Click the "OK" button.

  6. 6

    Wait for the conversation box to open, then type your text message.

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    Click the "Send" button to send the text message from Yahoo! Messenger on your computer. Replies to your text message will appear in the same conversation box.

  1. 1

    Send a text message from your e-mail account by entering the recipient's cell phone number and his cell phone provider's e-mail domain in the "To" field and typing your text in the message field, then clicking the "Send" button. For instance, to send a text message to a Sprint cell phone, compose an e-mail to RECIPIENTNUMBER@pm.sprint.com.

  2. 2

    Visit your cell phone provider's website to see if it offers free online text messaging. Major providers like Sprint and Verizon Wireless offer this service to their customers.

  3. 3

    Visit a website such as MobileSender.com or TextEm.net that allows you to send free text messages to anyone with a major cell phone provider.

Tips and warnings

  • Although it may be free to send text messages from your computer to a cell phone, the recipient may incur charges from her cell phone provider.

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