T-Mobile SMS

July 20, 2006 by Dylan Tweney

If you’ve got a T-Mobile cell phone, here’s the lowdown on using SMS text messaging with your mobile.

  • Maximum message length: 160 characters (including email address, subject line, and body of the message). The subject line is limited to 16 characters and the body of the message can be no longer than 140 characters.
  • What happens to longer messages: Unknown
  • Cost per message: 20 cents per message. Messages to non-U.S. recipients cost 15 cents to send; sending messages while you are outside the U.S. costs 35 cents. Many plans offer unlimited messaging, and you can add unlimited text messages for $10 per month.
  • For more information: T-Mobile Text Messaging FAQ
  • Sending email to your phone: Use the address format [10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
    Example: 4251234567@tmomail.net

Updated 2/17/2011

36 Responses to “T-Mobile SMS”

  1. Jim says:

    What happens to longer messages: ?? I found through experience that longer messages are converted into MMS messages and sent as an MMS message and charged at the MMS rate.

  2. One fairly unique feature T-Mobile has is if you send an email to xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net you can include picture attachments and it will be converted to a MMS message and send the picture to your phone.

    If you’re using outlook you should copy/paste the picture into the email instead of using the ‘attach’ button. It sets up the headers differently.

  3. Anonymous says:

    W hat has happened to my text messages that are longer than+140 characters is that it divides into 2 massages the first containing the first half and shortly after the second half arrives. I have T-Mobile and my girlfriend has Cingular we both write long messages.

  4. Joshua says:

    Is there any way to to tell who the provider (e.g. T-Mobile or Verizon) is, based upon the cell-phone number?

  5. Alex says:

    Joshua, yes there is, just go to http://www.whitepages.com and click “reverse phone” then type in the number. It should tell you the carrier

  6. ray says:

    when i want to send a picture to my computer. where do i send it to get it on my computer….

  7. Anonymous says:

    well it will divide it into two messages for some phones however it depends on the phone not the carrier. tmobile will support dividing the message if the phone is compatible

  8. majorj says:

    trying to find out when will TMObile activate their MS SMS Link which is used by the Office 2007 Ultimate Version for mobile notification feature ???
    Anyone can help…

  9. Oddly, for me, longer messages get divided into a bunch of SMS messages (instead of into an MMS message), but that could simply be because of the data plan I have, TMo doesn’t make any extra money by sending it as an MMS message.

    Thanks much for everyone’s input on this topic.

    Currently I’m working on implementing an SMS Status program for my server to text me with vital (and not so vital) status messages (such as UPS/Power status, server errors, and messages when certain sites are loaded). Any suggestions for that would be great (if need be I am going to set up a mail server and send via that – but optimally, using something like WGet and duplicating what their web form sends would be simpler I think).

    -Robert

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    I am living in Germany and have a t-mobile plan on my cell. i have been trying to send messages to my phone using email and it hasn’t been working. so how do i send it to a phone which has the 0049 prefix?

    thanks

  11. Anonymous says:

    I recently received a pic msg from a number I didn’t recognize,however the pic was of a friend of mine. I replied to the number and the person had no idea what I was talking about. It was another tmobile customer.I asked my friend to confirm that she did in fact send that pic from HER phone and no one elses and she did only send the pic from HER phone. Why would it have a different number attached to it?any ideas?

  12. Leigh says:

    I got a blackberry curve with T-mobile 2 days ago. I was able to send text messages to Sprint phones, but I couldn’t receive them. I was also unable to send or receive texts from AT&T; phones. I have no problems sending or receiving Verizon texts. I called customer service and they told me I may need to replace my SIM card, which I did yesterday. I am still experiencing the same problem. Customer support said it may take 72 hours for my phone to work properly. Has anyone else had similar issues, and if so, were they able to resolve them?

    • Robbie says:

      i know this entry is really old, but about the same time i had similar issues with tmo. i develop extensive text and email programs and have had continuous issues with tmo, and frankly, they deserve the class action against them (09-2010) for blocking certain communications. I continue to have issues every day with tmo and wish they would pick up a ISO standards manual and follow the rest of our planet. I fixed my problem permanently by moving over to the mother ship, at&t. Thankx ma-bell!! Your children are still working hard for us!!

  13. DeeHall says:

    I have my mail from AOL forwarded to my T Mobile phone. Does anybody know if all the mail which hits the cell is charged? If so, how can I stop the junk mail from coming across other than trying to stop it from hitting my AOL account?

  14. I have had T-Mobile for years now. I have only had 1 or two problems but they were more my fault than theirs. Also the G1 with Android is fun also.

    =D

  15. txt says:

    I signed up for an account at TxtMobster.com to get around paying for text messages, and i chat/can text anyone on any provider anywhere in the world, or unlimited contacts at once.

  16. shreya says:

    i live in london and ive got a t-mobile plan…ive been trying to figure out the email address for my number..i tired quite a few…but it does'nt work….does anyone know how i can fin out my t-mobile email address for text messaging services…thanks

  17. Ryan T. says:

    I can't send any messages to my phone via email. I triple checked the address, but the message does not make it to my phone. :-(

  18. todd horton says:

    I would like to email an attached audio file to my phone to use as a ring tone. I have the new Samsung t139 from T-Mobile. Is it possible?

  19. Jordyn T. says:

    does an SMS count as a separate charge? We have unlitmited texting, so I thought that covered it, but I don't want to get charged extra for SMS.

    • Dylan Tweney says:

      SMS and text messaging are the same thing. So if you have unlimited
      texting, you won't pay any extra no matter how many text (aka SMS
      messages) you send.

      MMS (multimedia message service), which is used for sending pictures,
      ringtones, videos and music, is different. You might pay extra for
      that.

  20. Nyuszika7H says:

    Hi!

    In a nutshell: If anyone knows the code for T-Mobile Hungary, please write it here or mail me at ”litemininyuszika@gmail.com”!

    I live in Hungary, and my provider is T-Mobile Hungary. Numbers are in the following format: country code, provider code, 7-digit number. Example: “+36301234567” (without quotes). Or, I can type 00 instead of the plus sign. It's the same. I tried these formats:

    Number formats:
    +36301234567 <- International format.
    0036301234567 <- Another international format.
    06301234567 <- This format is used the most in Hungary. I think you couldn't call me with it from another country.
    301234567 <- Without country code.
    1234567 <- Only the 7-digit number. Not working anymore since 16th of January.

    Domain formats (example@DOMAIN.com):
    tmomail.net
    t-mobile.com
    t-mobile.hu
    mx.telekom.hu

    All of these returned an automated message from the Mail Delivery Subsystem, saying the message couldn't be sent. (Hmm, I wonder… Do they send automated messages in other cases? Because I know years ago if I get a mail from MDS, it will be possibly a sending error. With my old account, I got some errors with mails I didn't send. Probably some spammers got my e-mail address.) And, certainly, it didn't get to my phone.

    Thanks,
    Nyuszika7H

    “Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen R. Covey

  21. mike says:

    why does my messages from my pc to my t-mobile phone show up in picture msg?

  22. Sarah says:

    On my cell phone, can I reply to a text from a computer?

  23. Moo says:

    This is really outdated. Text messages are .20 cents each and they only offer an unlimited bundle for $10, there are no other sms bundles now.

  24. kittu says:

    hey what tatadocomo…
    how can we send pictures to tatadocomo carrier number

  25. :P says:

    when I try to send a picture message (through email) to my phone, it doesn’t show up, but when I send an email that contains only text it does. is it possible for me to send a email with a picture to my phone?

  26. Brian says:

    sending an email to yournumber@tmomail.net for T-Mobile subscribers no longer works.

  27. Terror Mobile Victim says:

    Don’t bother with t-mobile guys. they blocked everything. The T in t-mobile must stand for Terror Mobile. by the way: if you don’t believe me try it yourself, but don’t waste your time. the format is: “landcodephonenumber”@mms.t-mobile.something; could be com or uk or ru or us, or de, whatever which one you want it to be. greetz, terror mobile victim. TMV.

  28. jennifer says:

    What is tmobile.net for if u have an email account already

  29. Steve says:

    if i have unlimited texting is there a limit on the number of emails that I can send as text messages? is it a limit per day per week per broadcast? in other words can i send an email to 100 t-mobile phones and have them show up as a text?

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