Creating an SMS text message on your phone isn’t hard. The details will vary somewhat depending on your phone and your carrier, however. We’ll have detailed info for each carrier later, but for now, here’s the general drill:
1. Find the “text messaging” or “SMS” option on your phone’s menu, and select it.
2. You might have to make a second selection, such as “create text message” or “send a message.”
3. Enter the text of your message using the buttons on your phone’s keypad. The simplest but most time-consuming way to do this is standard text entry, also known as multi-tap: You press each button several times until the letter you want appears.
For instance, the “2″ key has the letters A, B, and C on it. If you want to enter an A, you’d press the “2″ button once. For C, you’d press it three times (2-2-2). (Corrected 8/1/06 — thanks, anonymous commenter!)
For a space, press * (the asterisk or star button) and for other punctuation, you’ll usually press the 1 or 0 key.
4. Once you’ve finished entering your message, press the phone’s menu button (softkey) labeled “save” or “send.”
5. Enter the phone number or email address of the person you want to send the message to.
6. Press the button labeled “send” and off it goes!
Note: If multi-tap text entry sounds like a time-consuming drag, check out T9 text entry — it’s much easier and faster!