Nextel SMS

If your phone is from Nextel (the business side of Sprint Nextel), here’s what you need to know about using SMS text messaging with your mobile.

  • Maximum message length: 500 characters (including letters, punctuation and system-generated characters).
  • What happens to longer messages: Unknown
  • Cost per message: 10 cents per message; 25 cents per image/audio message (bulk plans available)
  • For more information: Nextel Text Messaging FAQs
  • Sending email to a Nextel phone: Use the address format [10-digit telephone number]

Note: Some commenters have pointed out that the address isn’t true SMS and requires the receiver to launch a Java application on their Nextel phone. I haven’t been able to verify that. However, you might try this address for true SMS messages: [10-digit telephone number]


If anyone has a Nextel phone and can try both addresses, let us know in the comments here!

Nextel’s predictive text-entry mode (aka “T9” mode) is called WORD mode. Cycle through the modes in the lower right of the screen (NUM, ALPHA, WORD) to find WORD mode. Then you can enter text by press one button per letter. More on T9 text entry.

Last updated 4/29/2010

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9 Responses to Nextel SMS

  1. Kell says:

    I've been sending pics from my iphone 3g to a Nextel cell phone…phone no. I noticed recently that it showed as a sent msg on my computer from my Windows Live/hotmail account. It never did this before until now. Odd thing is I can delete on my Iphone but it doesn't come off my computer when I do this..I have to go in manually & delte it off in my computer..kind of a pain..,.My question is will they also receive it on their computer? Don't want it to go to their computer as it's more work for them to open up and delete off etc. Please advise…

  2. poop says:

    how do you send emails to metro pcs phones

  3. TheWorm says:

    I have nextel. I just tried my and it worked. I received a Text message directly to my phone, no downloading, no Java.

  4. butterfly says:

    how can i find out who is sending me text messages to my cell phone.

  5. Anonymous says:

    i keep getting text messages on my cell phone, how can i find out who is sending them?

  6. Anonymous says:

    You are 100% correct. There IS a difference between SMS and MMS. You used to be able to type your # – now it does not work….

  7. Anonymous says:

    With nextel do you get charged a fee to send AND recieve a text message? Or only one or the other?

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is not SMS. Using the sends a regular email or text message. SMS is something different and doesn’t require the phone to go through the java net applications to read. If you want to learn more about this just ask.

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