How to send email to a phone

July 17, 2006 by Dylan Tweney

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! All you need to know is your cell phone’s email address.

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, Cingular phones’ address are all “” while Verizon phones are “”

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.)

[10-digit phone number]

AT&T (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]

For multimedia messages, use [10-digit-number]

Boost Mobile
[10-digit phone number]

Cricket Wireless
[10-digit phone number]

For multimedia messages: [10-digit phone number]

Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]

Sprint (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]

[10-digit phone number]

[10-digit phone number]

Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]

Other U.S. and Canadian carriers:

Bell Canada: [10-digit-phone-number]

Centennial Wireless: [10-digit-phone-number]

Cellular South: [10-digit-phone-number]

Cincinnati Bell: [10-digit-phone-number]

Metro PCS: [10-digit-phone-number] or [10-digit-phone-number]

Qwest: [10-digit-phone-number]

Rogers: [10-digit-phone-number]

Suncom: [10-digit-phone-number]

Telus: [10-digit-phone-number]

U.S. Cellular: [10-digit-phone-number]


This page last updated March 9, 2010

379 Responses to “How to send email to a phone”

  1. Angi says:

    The easy way to find out what your wireless carriers SMS is to send a text msg from your phone to your email address. When you get the email it will show you the address it came from.

  2. cybermonkey says:

    Need the format for revol phones

  3. chasey says:

    anyone know how to send one to a page plus ohone

  4. Brittany says:

    i am trying to send pics to my phone from my email but its not working right what should i do i think i am doing it wrong

  5. sam says:

    okay m friend has sprint and i am trying to send my friend a sound in the text but it has been like 20 min. and he hasn't gotten it yet but when i tried it on my phone it arrived in like 2 min. anyone have an idea if sprint/nextel will take to get their or if they have a multimedia alternate message

  6. Anything for Rogers Canada?

  7. I am using this tricks for almost 2 years, and It works for me.=)

  8. florida girll says:

    im tryn 2 txt to a boostmobile from my computer but my emails arnt getn 2 da boostmobile phone is there another way???

  9. joe says:

    i have a tracfone, but i always get "sms restriction 45" code everytime i send text messages international…pls help, thnx

  10. @mipaca says:

    Thanks for this article it was very helpful in creating a website to MMS coupon service.

  11. scarlett says:

    Does anyone know a service or plug-in that I could use on my PHP based website that would automatically look up the carrier/mobile address when a phone number is entered?

  12. todd says:

    Everyone knows that you can just send an sms with no carrier info from gmail right? You goto the google labs tab in gmail and add the send sms mesages through chat. Then as long as you have a mobile number entered for this contact just type there name in the chat search box and up will pop there phone number, click on it and send away as a text message to there phone! No email address needed. Otherwise if your so inclined just sign up for google voice and there is a send text message box right there, Just type in the phone number and send.

  13. Tom says:

    Whats the adress for Centenial of Puerto Rico. The one here dont work!

  14. anynomous says:

    does it cost money?

  15. J. Noble Daggett says:

    Youghiogeny communicatons DBA POCKET COMMUNICATIONS in Texas. What is their gateway, I'm dying to find out!!! I been wanting to find out to text my brother down there for free. or what? Email me at

  16. chyanna says:

    hey does anyone know how to send a text from the computer to revol wireless phones ?

  17. chyanna says:

    does anyone know how to text revol wireless phones from the computer ?

  18. Kevo says:

    hey whats the address for straighttalk?

  19. Two time i got error 20115 but now its working..well

  20. MC_2010 says:

    Thank you very much. What about STC, Mobily, Zain (Saudi Arabia)? When I send MMS from my phone to my E-mail address, the sender appears as []. I tried sending emails to this address, but it didn't work. Any help?

  21. Arizona Chick says:

    what about if you dont know what phone company they have!?! how can you send a email to them!?!

  22. Very cool post!

    I have used AOL instant messager in the past to send texts to people when my phone was broken. Just type + and the 10 digit number to send a text.

    Ex. +15554349898

  23. Brittanie says:

    to send a picture to a verizon phone its (phone number)

    • Jeff says:

      Brittanie, I tried to send my daughter a pic on her cell phone – from my computer – using the gateway suffix you provided on your post – It did not work. She has a Walmart Samsung Straight Talk phone (utilizing Verizon). She says that she CAN receive texts and pics on it. She did receive a text I sent her using the gateway suffix –, but I got the following error message when I tried to send her a pic from my computer to her phone, using the suffix – Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you

  24. Veronica says:

    How do you send text also media pictures to a simple mobile phone?

  25. Quora says:

    What’s the cheapest way to send text messages (SMS) between consumers in the US & UK?…

    The cheapest way to send a text message from the US to the UK, and vice versa, is via SMS-to-Email and Email-to-SMS gateways. Most providers let you send an SMS to an arbitrary e-mail address for the cost of a standard SMS (that is to say, no internati…

  26. jIM says:

    Thanx dude u rock! HOPE IT WORKS.

  27. Javier says:

    I need one for pocket wireless

  28. Tim says:

    My friend in Australia has 3 as her provider. Does anyone know how I can get their E-mail address?

  29. chewythings says:

    If you want to customize alerts for certain emails you can try it will send an SMS when you get a certain email and you can customize the message you receive. This can be helpful if you want the SMS to not contain some part of the original message (like the sender info) for privacy purposes.

  30. philip says:

    does anyone know the address for Orange Spain? I´ve tried just about every combination and havent found it yet

  31. Kyrious says:

    And who pays for it??? The reciever?

  32. Dispatch says:

    So far all of these are working for a text software package we are using for group texting (Emergency Fire/EMS Dispatching)

  33. akm says:

    Yahoo email not working 4 send text to Verizon cell phone?

  34. nari says:

    what about GT&T in guyana

  35. shveta says:

    what about the format for reliance o vodafone for india..plz help..!!

  36. Does it also works in india ?

  37. were iz straight talk???????????????????

    • Julian says:

      Straight Talk is sold only at Wal-mart for now. Has 2 plans one for $30 and the other for $45 unlimited per month. Hope this helps.

  38. Mitch says:

    Hi, I’m on Telstra Next G Mobile in Australia and I wanted to know how to find out mobile phone’s email address.

  39. chau says:

    does this cost for tmobile?

  40. ekwunife says:

    If you want to customize alerts for certain emails you can try it will send an SMS when you get a certain email and you can customize the message you receive. This can be helpful if you want the SMS to not contain some part of the original message (like the sender info) for privacy purposes.

  41. austin says:

    Hi guys, do u know how someone can tell if an incoming call is forwarded?as in i can ask users to forward their calls to a specific number then respond to the missed call with an SMS

  42. Karim says:

    If you don’t know you can try [number]

  43. joe says:

    How about email to a Turkcell phone?

  44. TJ says:

    How do you email files to your phone?

  45. mcgoo says:

    how can you send it to a straight talk phone

  46. marc says:

    Anyone know Global Gossip in Australia??

  47. carrie says:

    i’ve been trying to send pictures to my friend who has at&t from my gmail, but it just isn’t working. i used the format and still nothing. i can send pictures to verizon phones, easy. so why doesn’t at&t work?

  48. Shawn says:

    I have a net10 cell phone and it is prepaid how would i sent messages to it and some of my other family members i cant figure out how to do it.

  49. ashleyy says:

    what if u try to send a email msg to someone who has a cricket phone but it keeps saying it failed and all that?? idk what to do

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