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How to send an email (SMS) to any cell phone without knowing the provider


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I want to send an email to a friend's cell phone but I do not know what provider he has. I just have the phone number.


In the past it was possible to look at the phone number and based on the first 3 digits after the area code you could tell to which provider this number belonged. Now it is possible to switch cell phone service providers and take your number with you. E.g. all 831-251-XXXX numbers originally were AT&T. But because of the merger many of those numbers may now be Cingular Wireless numbers. Some may have switched to Verizon, Telekom or Sprint and still have this number.

Traditionally in order to send an email to a cell phone you needed to know the provider and the format how to address an email to a cell phone for this provider.

E.g. for a number 831-251-1234 under AT&T you would send that email to

Now there is a service called Teleflip. Teleflip takes the phone number and simply sends the email to the correct provider. How do they know the correct provider? They keep a database. There may be some issues if your friend recently changed providers and kept the number - Teleflip keeps a database and their FAQ says it may take a few months until their database is updated.

To send an email to your friend just address it to
(Of course replace the number with your friend's cell phone number.)

With this service, you no longer have to remember the complex email format that each individual cell company uses. Remember that some cellphone users are charged for incoming SMS messages, so do not send too many.

Teleflip works very well for me.

If you know the provider, see this tip: SMS by email


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2005-12-19, 16:15:37
jenie from United States  
well i've been trying but it doesn't seem to work with me!!! maybe i'm just not doing it right!!
2005-12-19, 20:32:31
Peter (Admin) from United States  
To Jenie:

It did not work for a friend of mine who has the exact same contract as I with Cingular Wireless. For me it worked right away. For my friend it did not.. until 1 week later, when all the messages came in.

Does the person whom you send the message already receive text messages on his/her cell phone?
2006-01-19, 15:38:00
Vault from United States  
what are you saying lil-one or trying to say?
2006-02-21, 09:59:41
anonymous from United States  
Thanks for this info. you know it made it into pc world magazine as a cool tip. I used teleflip and it worked right away for my cell and my friends' phones!
2006-02-27, 19:52:49
anonymous from United States  
I Ain't got a damn EMail Adress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-04-07, 14:35:29
anonymous from United States  
whats the last part for cingular users after the @ sign?
2006-07-18, 14:23:17
anonymous from Canada  
I tried to use teleflip but the message was just a bunch of letters, t didn't say what i wanted it to at all. can you tell me why this happened?
2006-08-01, 18:59:08 from United States  
2006-08-10, 15:47:48
anonymous from United States  
i was wondering does this charge me or the reciever any money
2006-08-10, 16:37:08
anonymous from United States  

sending a message that way costs you nothing.

The receiver may have to pay for each SMS that comes in. Some providers offer a flat fee for unlimited SMS, maybe $6 per month.
2006-11-11, 19:42:08
anonymous from United States  
Doesn't work
2006-11-15, 09:30:11
anonymous from United States  
Nice I like...ALOT..the only thing i do not like is...It deff put a alot of info about my email on the message....
2007-01-26, 16:16:49
anonymous from Houston in Texas, United States  
worked great!! Thanks!!
2007-02-16, 09:25:09
anonymous from United States works very well too
2007-03-09, 21:04:36
anonymous from United States  
It works. You should try it!
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