SMS isn’t just for sending text messages from one phone to another — it’s also a great way to get email messages on your phone.
Yes, you can get email on your phone — even if you have an old-style “feature phone” and not a smartphone! All you need to know is your cell phone’s email address.
This page explains how to figure out your phone’s email address, so people can send email to you via SMS.
Most carriers have “SMS gateways” which take email messages from the Internet and deliver them to their customers’ cell phones as SMS text messages. The trick is that you need to know what carrier the recipient’s phone is on — it’s not enough to know their phone number. That’s because the carrier determines what the email address of the receiving phone is going to be. For example, AT&T’s phones are all “email@example.com” while Verizon phones are “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Sound complicated? It’s not. All you really need to do is find your carrier in the list below, and then use the pattern shown there to figure out your email address. If you want to send email to a friend’s phone, just ask them which carrier they use, and off you go!
(Note: For the major carriers, I’ve included a link to a page with more detailed information on how SMS works with that carrier, how much it costs, and where you can find more information. In the list below, just click any carrier’s highlighted name to find out more.)
If you’ve got corrections or updates to the information here, please post it in the comments, and we’ll update this page with the latest info!
[10-digit phone number]@sms.alltelwireless.com
AT&T Wireless (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
For multimedia (picture and video) messages, use [10-digit-number]@mms.att.net
[10-digit phone number] @sms.myboostmobile.com
[10-digit phone number]@sms.mycricket.com
For multimedia messages: [10-digit phone number]@mms.mycricket.com
[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number] @vmobl.com
Other U.S. and Canadian carriers:
Bell Canada: [10-digit-phone-number]@txt.bellmobility.ca
Centennial Wireless: [10-digit-phone-number]@cwemail.com
Cellular South: [10-digit-phone-number]@csouth1.com
Cincinnati Bell: [10-digit-phone-number]@gocbw.com
Metro PCS: [10-digit-phone-number]@mymetropcs.com or [10-digit-phone-number]@metropcs.sms.us
U.S. Cellular: [10-digit-phone-number]@email.uscc.net
This page last updated 8/5/2015