How to send a text message from your Blackberry or Treo for free (avoid text message charges from Verizon, Cingular, T-Mobile, Sprint, Nextel, etc).
Here’s a neat tip for those that have PDA phones like the Blackberry or Palm Treo or Motorola Q, or Samsung pda phone and an unlimited data plan. Instead of sending a SMS text message which has an awkward interface on many cell phones, you can send a text message to virtually anyone in the US via a simple email. You don’t even have to know which carrier the person uses!
Just send an email to XXX-YYY-ZZZZ@teleflip.com and the subject + body of your email will be auto-converted into a SMS text message to that person’s cell phone. And if you go over the 140-odd character limit of a standard SMS message for that carrier, the email service will auto-truncate and send it in multiple text messages.
For example, on the Treo, it then gets shown as one complete message (the recipient can read it easily and doesn’t have to page through multiple messages to get the whole thing).
And as a bonus, if the recipient of your teleflip text message replies, you’ll get it back as an email…and you can reply and it will be sent back as a text message. The service will also reply to your outbound email if there’s a known failure to deliver reason — with text messaging, you’ll never get this last feature — normally once you text, it’s lost in space…whether it is delivered or not.
The neat part about all of this is that 1) it counts as an outbound email, which is usually free or included in your data plan that you’re subscribing to on the cell phone 2) it’s easier to compose and email than text message on the pda phone. 3) You don’t have to count characters or use silly abbreviations 2 cram Ur msg in2 the SMS msg. ;-) You can add the TELfirstname.lastname@example.org email address to your address book for each person you normally text, and use their name as a shortcut instead of remembering their cell phone # each time.
You can also email from your pc to anyone as well! Try it, you’ll like it!