If AT&T Wireless (formerly Cingular) is your cellular service provider, here’s the lowdown on how to use SMS with your phone.
- Maximum message length: 160 characters
- What happens to longer messages: They’re broken into 160-character segments and delivered piece by piece.
- Cost per message: 20 cents each to send or receive (or less, if you sign up for a text messaging package); messages sent to international numbers cost 25 cents each. Text messaging packages start at $5 per month for 200 messages (10 cents for each additional message) and go up to $20 per month for unlimited texting.
- More information: AT&T text messaging
- Sending email to an AT&T phone: Use the address format firstname.lastname@example.org. Example: email@example.com
Notes: The address for sending pictures — assuming you have an MMS-compatible phone — is firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT&T also has a group messaging feature, if you want to text a bunch of your friends at once. You create your groups using the AT&T website, and then you get a custom 10-digit code that lets you send texts to everyone on that group. For more information, see the instructions on Group Messaging on AT&T’s site.
You can check with AT&T customer service (dial 611 on your mobile phone) if you have questions about rate plans or if you have problems with your SMS service (e.g. you’re getting unwanted messages).