Friday, March 18, 2011

Group SMS Txt via Email Distribution List

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Someone asked recently how they could send a text message (SMS) to a group (or class of students) all at once?

For a bit, I tried finding a free service but gave up the search. Just as I was about to throw in the towel, I ran across a MakeUseOf.com article. It suggests setting up a distribution list, or group of contacts, in your email consisting of people's mobile phone numbers. Of course, you'll have to know who their phone carrier is, but that's not hard to find out...just ask them.  Once you have that information (phone number and carrier), it is pretty easy to setup a group in Gmail, for example, and then send emails to the group.

Most of mobile carriers offer free Email To SMS gateways which can be used to forward simple text emails to a mobile phones. And the good news, majority of those gateways are free and available to the general public.
You just need to know the number and the carrier of the recipient to start emailing them to mobile phone. Below we put together a table listing free email to SMS gateways for different carriers. You can use as quick reference both for US and international mobile numbers.
For fun, I set it up for my family and it worked flawlessly. Neat idea and thanks to MakeUseOf.com for sharing the following table for United States and International carriers:


Free Email To SMS Gateways (Major US Carriers)

CarrierEmail to SMS Gateway
Alltel[10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
Example: 1234567890@message.alltel.com
AT&T (formerly Cingular)[10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
Example: 1234567890@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
Example: 1234567890@myboostmobile.com
Nextel (now Sprint Nextel)[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Example: 1234567890@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Example: 1234567890@tmomail.net
US Cellular[10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@email.uscc.net
Verizon[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA[10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 1234567890@vmobl.com

Free Email To SMS Gateways (International + Smaller US)

These are all I could find from Wikipedia and other sources. If you’re aware of any other ones please share them in comments and I’ll add them to the list.
CarrierEmail to SMS Gateway
7-11 Speakout (USA GSM)number@cingularme.com
Airtel (Karnataka, India)number@airtelkk.com
Airtel Wireless (Montana, USA)number@sms.airtelmontana.com
Alaska Communications Systemsnumber@msg.acsalaska.com
Aqlnumber@text.aql.com
AT&T Enterprise Pagingnumber@page.att.net
BigRedGiant Mobile Solutionsnumber@tachyonsms.co.uk
Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile (Canada)number@txt.bell.ca
BPL Mobile (Mumbai, India)number@bplmobile.com
Cellular One (Dobson)number@mobile.celloneusa.com
Cingular (Postpaid)number@cingularme.com
Centennial Wirelessnumber@cwemail.com
Cingular (GoPhone prepaid)number@cingularme.com (SMS)
Claro (Brasil)number@clarotorpedo.com.br
Claro (Nicaragua)number@ideasclaro-ca.com
Comcelnumber@comcel.com.co
Cricketnumber@sms.mycricket.com (SMS)
CTInumber@sms.ctimovil.com.ar
Emtel (Mauritius)number@emtelworld.net
Fido (Canada)number@fido.ca
General Communications Inc.number@msg.gci.net
Globalstar (satellite)number@msg.globalstarusa.com
Helionumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Illinois Valley Cellularnumber@ivctext.com
Iridium (satellite)number@msg.iridium.com
Iusacellnumber@rek2.com.mx
i wirelessnumber.iws@iwspcs.net
Koodo Mobile (Canada)number@msg.koodomobile.com
LMT (Latvia)number@sms.lmt.lv
Meteor (Ireland)number@sms.mymeteor.ie
Mero Mobile (Nepal)977number@sms.spicenepal.com
MetroPCSnumber@mymetropcs.com
Movicom (Argentina)number@sms.movistar.net.ar
Mobitel (Sri Lanka)number@sms.mobitel.lk
Movistar (Colombia)number@movistar.com.co
MTN (South Africa)number@sms.co.za
MTS (Canada)number@text.mtsmobility.com
Nextel (United States)number@messaging.nextel.com
Nextel (Argentina)TwoWay.11number@nextel.net.ar
Orange Polska (Poland)9digit@orange.pl
Personal (Argentina)number@alertas.personal.com.ar
Plus GSM (Poland)+48number@text.plusgsm.pl
President’s Choice (Canada)number@txt.bell.ca
Qwestnumber@qwestmp.com
Rogers (Canada)number@pcs.rogers.com
SL Interactive (Australia)number@slinteractive.com.au
Sasktel (Canada)number@sms.sasktel.com
Setar Mobile email (Aruba)297+number@mas.aw
Suncomnumber@tms.suncom.com
T-Mobile (Austria)number@sms.t-mobile.at
T-Mobile (UK)number@t-mobile.uk.net
Telus Mobility (Canada)number@msg.telus.com
Thumb Cellularnumber@sms.thumbcellular.com
Tigo (Formerly Ola)number@sms.tigo.com.co
Tracfone (prepaid)number@mmst5.tracfone.com
Unicelnumber@utext.com
Virgin Mobile (Canada)number@vmobile.ca
Vodacom (South Africa)number@voda.co.za
Vodafone (Italy)number@sms.vodafone.it
YCCnumber@sms.ycc.ru
MobiPCS (Hawaii only)number@mobipcs.net
And, of course, if you must, you can always send out txt messages using ohdontforget.com


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1 comment:

Rusty said...

Just found that my Cellular One SMS service uses @sms.cellonenation.net - not on your list.

Now to look at your subsequent Moodle question & try some stuff.

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