My brother-in-law is one of a rare breed who does not have a cell phone cemented to his hand. Instead he uses a land-line and email. In a world where his age-group peers send 247 text messages per day,1
he finds himself left out of many conversations.
Last Sunday, I set up his email with text contacts for his family. Now he can text us from his email, and we can text back. Perhaps you too have a aging parent, family member, or friend who is becoming isolated due to a lack of a cell phone. This simple email set-up can help them stay in touch.
Below is a list of provider email address extensions and an example of how to send a text from email.
First, here’s the list:
- AT&T: email@example.com
- Verizon: firstname.lastname@example.org
- T-Mobile: email@example.com
- Alltel: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sprint: email@example.com
To text to an AT&T number, type the number followed by @txt.att.net. If the number is 555-555-5555, then you would enter “firstname.lastname@example.org” (without the quotes) as the email address. Then type your subject line, message, and click send. These emails addresses can be added to a person’s contact list and used just like any other email address.
20SomethingFinance covers this topic in depth, including information about other carriers and some great time-management tips.
Please try it out and let me know if it works for you.
1) Alex Cocotas, Business Insider, March 22, 2013: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-number-of-texts-sent-2013-3