SMS or text message is one of the golden egg that generates more and more revenue for most mobile or cellphone service carrier or network operator around the world. One of the reason for big money been made from text messaging service is that it’s actually not so cheap to send a SMS from your hand phone, especially when one is SMS-addict who can’t stop sending text messages.

Lesser known is that, most telecommunication companies do provide free email to text service or web SMS feature. Email to text service delivers the content of the mail message to the recipient’s cellphone as SMS text message, while WebSMS allows users to send SMS from a web form. Both email-to-text or email-to-sms service and Internet SMS service allows users or people without a mobile cell phone to send SMS to the recipients for free, such as trick used by iPhone users to send free text SMS.

However, the usefulness of e-mail-to-text service is not ended just for free SMS delivery. It’s also helpful for user who wants to receive SMS or text notification instead of email notification of alerting system without investing in standalone SMS or text messaging gateway. User can forward the email alert or reminder to phone carrier’s email address to receive message in phone directly instead of sending to normal email address mailbox.

Here’s a list of email addresses or web URL to use for various cellphone service network operator in order to deliver the message via test message or SMS to intended recipients for free. As it’s direct service provided by the cellular network telcos, the delivery of text messages is considered to be reliable, but not guaranteed though. Note that some service provider may require recipient (cellphone owner) to pay for each text message or SMS received, or require the subscribers to activate the email-to-text (SMS) service beforehand.

Note: from, msg, and total means number of characters to deliver in SMS text taken from the sender and content. Number means the phone number of the intended recipient. For USA (United States), the phone number consists of 10-digit numbers.

Aliant (NBTel, MTT, NewTel, and Island Tel) (from: 11, msg: 140, total: 140)
number@chat.wirefree.ca or number@wirefree.informe.ca (obsolete)

Alltel (from: 50, msg: 116, total: 116)
number@message.alltel.com.

Ameritech (ACSWireless) (from: 120, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@paging.acswireless.com

Arch Wireless (from: 15, msg: 240, total: 240)
Sent via http://www.arch.com/message/ (assumes blank PIN)

AT&T (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@txt.att.net

AU by KDDI (from: 20, msg: 10000, total: 10000)
username@ezweb.ne.jp

BeeLine GSM (from: 50, msg: 255, total: 255)
number@sms.beemail.ru

Bell Mobility Canada (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@txt.bellmobility.ca (include the 1 prefix)

Bellsouth (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@bellsouth.cl

BellSouth Mobility (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@blsdcs.net

Blue Sky Frog (from: 30, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@blueskyfrog.com

Boost (from: 30, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@myboostmobile.com

Celcom
013nnnnnnn@sms.celcom.com.my or 019nnnnnnn@sms.celcom.com.my

Cellular South (from: 50, msg: 155, total: 155)
number@csouth1.com

CellularOne (Dobson) (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@mobile.celloneusa.com

CellularOne West (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@mycellone.com

Centennial Wireless (from: 10, msg: 110, total: 110)
Sent via http://www.centennialwireless.com

Cincinnati Bell (from: 20, msg: 50, total: 50)
number@gocbw.com

Claro (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@clarotorpedo.com.br

Comviq (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.comviq.se

Dutchtone/Orange-NL (from: 15, msg: 150, total: 150)
number@sms.orange.nl

Edge Wireless (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.edgewireless.com

EinsteinPCS / Airadigm Communications (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@einsteinsms.com

EPlus (from: 20, msg: 480, total: 480)
number@smsmail.eplus.de.

Estonia Mobile Telefon (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
Sent via EMT Self-Service.

Fido Canada (from: 15, msg: 140, total: 140)
number@fido.ca.

Golden Telecom (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.goldentele.com

Idea Cellular (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@ideacellular.net

Kyivstar (from: 30, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.kyivstar.net

LMT (from: 30, msg: 120, total: 120)
username@sms.lmt.lv

Manitoba Telecom Systems (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@text.mtsmobility.com

Maxis
Sent via http://websms.maxis.com.my/.

Meteor (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.mymeteor.ie

Metro PCS (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@mymetropcs.com

Metrocall Pager (from: 120, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@page.metrocall.com

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS Primtel, MTS.Sakhalin) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
Sent via http://sakh.mts.ru/abonent/sending/sms/.

MobileOne (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@m1.com.sg

Mobilfone (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@page.mobilfone.com

Mobility Bermuda (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@ml.bm

Netcom (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.netcom.no

Nextel (from: 50, msg: 126, total: 126)
10digits@messaging.nextel.com (no dashes in phone number)

NPI Wireless (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@npiwireless.com

NTC (Nepal Telecom) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
Sent via http://websms.ntc.net.np/.

O2 (formerly BTCellnet) (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
username@o2.co.uk (activate O2 username at http://www.o2.co.uk)

O2 M-mail (formerly BTCellnet) (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
+44[number]@mmail.co.uk (omit preceding zero – must be enabled first by sending an SMS saying “ON” to phone number “212”)

Optus (from: 20, msg: 114, total: 114)
number@optusmobile.com.au

Orange (UK) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@orange.net (an user account at orange.net is required)

Oskar (from: 20, msg: 320, total: 320)
number@mujoskar.cz

Pagenet (from: 20, msg: 220, total: 240)
number@pagenet.net (10-digit phone number, gateway and pager number separated by a period)

PCS Rogers (from: 20, msg: 125, total: 125)
number@pcs.rogers.com (requires prior registration with PCS Rogers)

Personal Communication (Sonet) (from: 20, msg: 150, total: 150)
sms@pcom.ru with phone number in the subject line

Plus GSM Poland (from: 20, msg: 620, total: 620)
number@text.plusgsm.pl (10 digit phone number)

Powertel (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@ptel.net (10-digit phone number)

Primtel (from: 20, msg: 150, total: 150)
number@sms.primtel.ru

PSC Wireless (from: 20, msg: 150, total: 150)
number@sms.pscel.com

Qualcomm (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
username@pager.qualcomm.com

Qwest (from: 14, msg: 100, total: 100)
number@qwestmp.com (10-digit phone number)

Safaricom (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@safaricomsms.com

Satelindo GSM (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@satelindogsm.com

SCS-900 (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@scs-900.ru

Simple Freedom (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@text.simplefreedom.net

SingTel
Sent via http://sms.singtel.com/internetsms/.

Skytel – Alphanumeric (from: 15, msg: 240, total: 240)
pin@skytel.com (7-digit pin number as the number)

Smart Telecom (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@mysmart.mymobile.ph

Smarts GSM (from: 11, msg: 70, total: 70)
Sent via http://www.samara-gsm.ru/scripts/smsgate.exe

Southern Linc (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@page.southernlinc.com (10-digit phone number)

Sprint PCS (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@messaging.sprintpcs.com (10-digit phone number)

Sprint PCS – Short Mail (from: 15, msg: 1000, total: 1000)
number@sprintpcs.com

StarHub
number@starhub.net.sg (require activation of SMS Email) or sent via http://websms.starhub.com/

SunCom (from: 18, msg: 110, total: 110)
number@tms.suncom.com.

SureWest Communications (from: 20, msg: 200, total: 200)
number@mobile.surewest.com

SwissCom Mobile (from: 20, msg: 10000, total: 10000)
number@bluewin.ch

T-Mobile Germany (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@T-D1-SMS.de

T-Mobile Netherlands (from: 15, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@gin.nl (number starting with 316 – require activation by sending “EMAIL ON” to 555 from the phone)

T-Mobile UK (from: 30, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@t-mobile.uk.net

T-Mobile USA (from: 30, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@tmomail.net

T-Mobile USA (Sidekick) (from: 30, msg: 10000, total: 10000)
username@tmail.com

Tele2 Latvia (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.tele2.lv (10-digit phone number)

Telefonica Movistar (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@movistar.net (10-digit phone number)

Telenor (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@mobilpost.no (10-digit phone number)

Telia Denmark (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@gsm1800.telia.dk (8-digit phone number)

Telus Mobility (from: 30, msg: 120, total: 120)
10digits@msg.telus.com (10-digit phone number)

The Phone House (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.phonehouse.de (10-digit phone number)

TIM (from: 30, msg: 350, total: 350)
number@timnet.com (10-digit phone number)

UMC (from: 10, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@sms.umc.com.ua

Unicel (from: 10, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@utext.com

US Cellular (from: , msg: 150, total: 150)
number@email.uscc.net (10 digit USCC phone number) or sent via http://messaging.uscc.com/sendtextmsg/

Verizon Wireless (from: 34, msg: 140, total: 140)
number@vtext.com (10-digit phone number) or sent via https://www.vtext.com

Verizon Wireless (formerly Airtouch customers only) (from: 20, msg: 120, total: 120)
number@airtouchpaging.com

Verizon Wireless (myairmail.com) (from: 34, msg: 140, total: 140)
number@myairmail.com.

Vessotel (from: 20, msg: 800, total: 800)
roumer@pager.irkutsk.ru

Virgin Mobile Canada (from: 20, msg: 140, total: 140)
number@vmobile.ca

Virgin Mobile USA (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@vmobl.com

Vodafone Italy (from: 20, msg: 132, total: 132)
number@sms.vodafone.it

Vodafone Japan (Chuugoku/Western) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@n.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Hokkaido) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@d.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Hokuriko/Central North) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@r.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Kansai/West including Osaka) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@k.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Kanto/Koushin/East including Tokyo) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@t.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Kyuushu/Okinawa) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@q.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Shikoku) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@s.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Touhoku/Niigata/North) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@h.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Japan (Toukai/Central) (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@c.vodafone.ne.jp

Vodafone Spain (from: 20, msg: 90, total: 90)
username@vodafone.es

Vodafone UK (from: 20, msg: 70, total: 90)
username@vodafone.net

Voicestream (from: 15, msg: 140, total: 140)
Refer to T-Mobile USA.

Weblink Wireless (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@airmessage.net

WellCom (from: 20, msg: 160, total: 160)
number@sms.welcome2well.com

WyndTell (from: 20, msg: 480, total: 500)
username@wyndtell.com or number@wyndtell.com

The list above is by no mean complete. If you have any new or updated information on the free SMS service provided by the cellular network operator or carrier itself, or the SMS text message gateway no longer work, do share in the comment section below.

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