Want to send a short email to a friend and get it delivered to his/her cell phone as SMS? If you know your friends’ phone numbers and the carrier they are on then you can easily send emails to their cell phones directly from your email program.
Here is how it works:
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.
Free Email To SMS Gateways (Major US Carriers)
|Carrier||Email to SMS Gateway|
|Alltel||[10-digit phone number]@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
|Boost Mobile||[10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
|Nextel (now Sprint Nextel)||[10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
|Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)||[10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
|T-Mobile||[10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
|US Cellular||[10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
|Verizon||[10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
|Virgin Mobile USA||[10-digit phone number]@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.
|Carrier||Email to SMS Gateway|
|7-11 Speakout (USA GSM)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Airtel (Karnataka, India)||email@example.com|
|Airtel Wireless (Montana, USA)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alaska Communications Systemsemail@example.com|
|AT&T Enterprise Pagingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|BigRedGiant Mobile Solutionsemail@example.com|
|Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile (Canada)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|BPL Mobile (Mumbai, India)||email@example.com|
|Cellular One (Dobson)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cingular (GoPhone prepaid)||email@example.com (SMS)|
|General Communications Inc.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Illinois Valley Cellularemail@example.com|
|Koodo Mobile (Canada)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mero Mobile (Nepal)||email@example.com|
|Mobitel (Sri Lanka)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|MTN (South Africa)||email@example.com|
|Nextel (United States)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Orange Polska (Poland)||email@example.com|
|Plus GSM (Poland)||+firstname.lastname@example.org|
|President’s Choice (Canada)||email@example.com|
|SL Interactive (Australia)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Setar Mobile email (Aruba)||email@example.com|
|Telus Mobility (Canada)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tigo (Formerly Ola)||email@example.com|
|Virgin Mobile (Canada)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vodacom (South Africa)||email@example.com|
|MobiPCS (Hawaii only)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
If you can’t find a gatewayd for your current provider here, check out following links:
If you are aware of any other free sms to email gateways please add it in comments. Also let us know whether you tried any of the above and your experience with it.
As if working as a starving actor isn’t hard enough, performers now have a startling new competition: robots. In the Japanese play Sayonara, previewed above, the porcelain doll-like Geminoid F android (developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro) stars alongside a live actress in the 20-minute stage performance. The director of the show, Oriza Hirata, is especially appreciative of robot performance because, “ultimately, their acting problems can be solved,” as Geminoid’s voice and movements are controlled from a computer backstage.
Is it just us or does that sound mildly despotic? There’s something almost tyrannical about a director who is excited at the prospect of controlling his actors in this way. Sure, with a few tweaks in the operating system you can alter Geminoid’s expressions and movements at will (not to mention, you can work her day and night with no breaks for no pay and you won’t have the actors union knocking at your door—but that’s a whole other story), but aren’t those quintessentially human quirks, flaws and capacity for spontaneity part of the charm of seeing live performance? Not to mention, we hear the human actress had a hard time connecting with her android costar, stating that she felt like she was performing alone.
Regardless of the pros and cons, no one can deny the alluring novelty of this bizarre spectacle. Lately we’ve been seeing all sorts of weirdo AI stuff coming out of Japan, as well as holographic pop stars. Here’s another example of a robot starring in the company of humans as seen at Tokyo’s Digital Content Expo. This bot might move in perfect time with the other dancers, but she’s got nothing on the real women’s hips.