About SMS texting

March 6, 2010 by Dylan Tweney

I started this site because it’s just too hard to find reliable information about SMS (text messaging for cell phones) — especially in the U.S.

Try doing a search for “SMS” on any search engine. Good luck finding any instructions about how to use SMS with your American phone, whether your U.S.-based carrier supports SMS, or how much SMS really costs.

But SMS is not that hard! It’s not that expensive, and it’s not just for fancy European phones either. In fact, more and more people in America are discovering how easy and how much fun SMS text messaging can be.

It’s like email for your phone!

On this site, I show you how to use SMS to stay in touch with your friends and family, have fun, save money, get information, and maybe even communicate during an emergency. I cover SMS services for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint/Nextel, and many other carriers. I’ll bring you news about great new SMS-based services you can access with your phone.

Want to get started? Read my article on Texting Basics.

Then check out the most popular page on this site: How to send email to any phone.

Got questions about SMS? Use the search form in the upper right to look for other articles on this site, or post a question using the form below.

Thanks for visiting. And happy texting!

6 Responses to “About SMS texting”

  1. Elsie says:

    I seem to learn something new every day. Thanks for the info as I cannot use my cell phone during working hours but I am in front of a computer all day long.

  2. vinod says:

    same as above

  3. Suzie says:

    when sending email from a pc to a phone, is there a header or is the ip address able to be identified from the pc?

  4. mary says:

    How do I type a _ so that I can type in an email address on my phone? The instruction manual is not helpful at all.

  5. James C Ringland says:

    Thanks for the info! ONly problem is now how do I access the T9 mode on my cell. I have a neat little LG50.

  6. Chris says:

    Since google dropped the ball:

    4INFO is a quick and free SMS search service, much like Google SMS. But better.

    It works just like Google or Yahoo! SMS. You just text your search from your phone to #44636 (4INFO on your keypad). 4INFO will send back a text message with the result. The difference lies in the results. They’ve got more info to search on (sports scores come to mind) and they seem to have more depth as well.

    Great for quickly pulling up scores, finding a nearby restaurant or looking up movie times. Thanks Ryan.

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