Sending texts through SMS Gateways

SMS Gateways

An SMS gateway is a telecommunications network facility that manages the sending of SMS messages to and from telecommunication networks. Many of these gateways support SMS conversion from email format (aka SMTP).

What does that mean for us? Luckily, most of the main U.S. carriers and many of the international ones provide public SMS gateway services. That means as long as you know the correct gateway email address, you can send a text message as freely as you can shoot off an email! (Note, however, that the recipient of the text message will still be charged according to his/her service provider). For example, sending a text to your brother’s T-Mobile number 978-555-0100 is as simple as sending an email to [email protected]!

Formatting

There are some disadvantages of using these free Mail-to-SMS services. Unfortunately, you cannot control the appearance of the text message. Formatting differs across carriers but most will display the message as the sender’s email, followed by a punctuation mark, the email subject, followed by a punctuation mark, and lastly the email body. For instance, a typical text sent through the T-Mobile gateway would look like this:

3811: [email protected] / Email subject here / Email body here

Reliability

As is with any public service, the SMS gateways can be prone to mood swings, especially for some carriers more than others. Transit time can fluctuate. The majority of my text messages sent through T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint PCS, and Verizon were received after about 1 minute – but every once in a while the message would lag to up to five minutes or so.

I also suspected that some of my texts were getting dropped, but later I found the culprit to be something else (though I have no doubt these carriers are susceptible to dropping messages). Turns out some carriers will block any texts that pass through their gateway fulfilling a certain criteria. For example, some carriers will block text messages that contain profanity. I haven’t been able to find any official mentioning of texts being blocked, but many users have reported such. On the stranger side of things, T-Mobile appeared to block any texts I sent that contained the word “verification”…

Compiled List

I’ve gone through a bunch of different sources (see bottom of post) to compile a list of carriers and their corresponding Mail-to-SMS gateway address for certain countries. Just replace “number” in the gateway address with your recipient’s phone number! As you can imagine, with some crazy merger and buyout happening every week, most of the international gateways are untested. I tried to do a little company research and keep as up-to-date as possible, but if you notice an error please feel free to leave a correction in the comments.

Note that you MUST have the correct carrier and the correct country! For more on international phone number formats, you may find an interesting read in telephone conventions and country-specific phone numbers.

NO gateways were found for Finland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Turkey, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Egypt, and mostly all of Africa. If you have a gateway to report for one of these countries, please leave a comment!

Country Carrier Gateway Address Notes Message Format

Worldwide C Beyond (All Page Wireless) [email protected]

Globalstar (satellite) [email protected]

Iridium (satellite) [email protected]

Panacea Mobile [email protected] subject: username password
body: the message

RoutoMessaging [email protected] Subject: Sender ID (Originating Address who is sending the message) Body: the message (Note: plain text emails supported)

Europe Freebie SMS [email protected]

TellusTalk [email protected]

USA

3 River Wireless [email protected]

Alaska Communications [email protected]

Alltel (Allied Wireless) [email protected] This particular service may be unavailable since it was acquired by Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Ameritech [email protected]

AT&T Enterprise Paging [email protected]

AT&T Global Smart Messaging Suite (Powered By Soprano) [email protected]

AT&T Wireless [email protected] This gateway fails to handle complete phone numbers; the country code must be omitted, leaving only the ten-digit NANP number. address text
address (subject) text

BellSouth [email protected]

Bluegrass Cellular [email protected]

Bluesky Communications [email protected]

Boost Mobile [email protected]

C Spire Wireless [email protected]

Carolina West Wireless [email protected]

Cellcom [email protected]

Cellular South [email protected]

Centennial Wireless [email protected] This particular service may be unavailable since it was acquired by AT&T.

Chariton Valley Wireless [email protected]

Cincinnati Bell [email protected]

Cingular (Postpaid) [email protected]
[email protected]

Cleartalk Wireless (Cleartalk) [email protected]

Cricket [email protected]

Edge Wireless number@sms.edge[email protected]

Element Mobile [email protected]

Esendex [email protected]

General Communications Inc. [email protected]

Golden State Cellular [email protected]

Hawaiian Telcom Wireless [email protected]

Helio [email protected]

i wireless (T-Mobile) [email protected]

i-wireless (Sprint PCS) [email protected]

Illinois Valley Cellular [email protected]

Inland Cellular Telephone [email protected]

Kajeet [email protected]

LongLines [email protected]

MetroPCS [email protected]

Nextel [email protected]

Page Plus Cellular (Verizon MVNO) [email protected]

Pioneer Cellular [email protected]

Pocket Wireless [email protected]

Qwest Wireless [email protected]

Red Pocket Mobile (AT&T MVNO) [email protected]

Rogers Wireless [email protected] Subject must be in plain text, not Q-encoded as described in RFC 2047. Name (subject) text(Note: Subject must be in plain text, not Q-encoded as described in RFC 2047.)

Satellink [email protected]

Simple Mobile [email protected]

South Central Communications [email protected]

Southernlinc [email protected]

Sprint (PCS) [email protected] address message

Straight Talk [email protected]

Surewest Communications [email protected]

Syringa Wireless [email protected]

T-Mobile [email protected] Number can and by default properly begins with “1″ (the US country code) address text
address/subject/text
address#subject#text

Teleflip [email protected]

Telus Mobility [email protected]

TracFone (prepaid) [email protected]

Unicel [email protected]

US Cellular [email protected]

USA Mobility [email protected]

Verizon Wireless [email protected] address (subject) text

Viaero [email protected]

Virgin Mobile [email protected]

West Central Wireless [email protected]

XIT Communications [email protected]


Canada Aliant [email protected]

Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile [email protected] Including leading 1 country code may lead to errors

Fido [email protected]

Koodo Mobile [email protected]

MTS Mobility [email protected]

PC Telecom [email protected]

Rogers Wireless [email protected] Subject must be in plain text, not Q-encoded as described in RFC 2047. Name (subject) text(Note: Subject must be in plain text, not Q-encoded as described in RFC 2047.)

SaskTel [email protected]

Telus Mobility [email protected]

Virgin Mobile [email protected]

Wind Mobile [email protected] address text

United Kingdom aql [email protected] address text

BigRedGiant Mobile Solutions [email protected]

Connection Software (CSoft) [email protected] Subject and Body are concatenated into the text message

Esendex [email protected]

Hay Systems Ltd (HSL) [email protected]

Mediaburst [email protected]

My-Cool-SMS [email protected]

O2 [email protected]

Orange [email protected]

SourceSMS

T-Mobile UK [email protected]

TextMagic [email protected]

Txtlocal [email protected]

UniMóvil Corporation [email protected]

Virgin Mobile [email protected]

Vodafone UK [email protected]

Ireland Meteor [email protected] This message will be sent as MMS, since SMS service is no longer available with this carrier.

Germany E-Plus [email protected]

O2 0number@o2online.de

T-Mobile (Telekom) +49xxxxxxx@t-mobile-sms.de

Vodafone (D2 Mannesmann) 0number@vodafone-sms.de

Italy TIM 0number@timnet.com

Vodafone 3**number@sms.vodafone.it

Spain Esendex number@esendex.net

Movistar 0number@movistar.net

Vodafone 0number@vodafone.es

France Bouygues Télécom number@mms.bouyguestelecom.fr

SFR number@sfr.fr

Belgium Mobistar xxxxxxxxx@mobistar.be

Greece Vodafone 69xxxxxxxx@vodafone.gr May require activation and/or be restricted from new members.

Denmark Mobilix xxxxxxxx@sms.mobilix.dk

SONOFON xxxxxxxx@note.sonofon.dk

TDC (Tele Danmark Communication) xxxxxxxx@sms.tdm.dk

Telia xxxxxxxx@gsm1800.telia.dk

Iceland OgVodafone number@sms.is

Siminn number@box.is

Luxembourg P&T Luxembourg xxxxxxxxx@sms.luxgsm.lu

Tigo xxxxxxxxx@sms.tigo.com.co

Netherlands Orange / Dutchtone 0number@sms.orange.nl

T-Mobile 31number@gin.nl Number starting with 316 – requires activation by sending “EMAIL ON” to 555 from the phone

Norway Netcom xxxxxxxxx@sms.netcom.no

Sendega number@sendega.com Registration required Content support:subject, body orsubject + body. Settings available from website (login required)

Telenor xxxxxxxxx@mobilpost.no

TeletopiaSMS number@sms.teletopiasms.no Content settings available from website Content settings available from website

Portugal Optimus 93xxxxxxx@sms.optimus.pt

Telecel 91xxxxxxx@sms.telecel.pt This particular service may be unavailable since it was acquired by Vodafone

TMN 96xxxxxxx@mail.tmn.pt

Sweden Europolitan 4670xxxxxxx@europolitan.se This particular service may be unavailable since the change to Vodafone Sweden AB and the acquisition of Telenor

Tele2 (formerly COMVIQ) 0number@sms.tele2.se

Switzerland Box Internet Services SMS Gateway number@sms.boxis.net

Sunrise Communications number@gsm.sunrise.ch

Swisscom xxxxxxxxx@bluewin.ch

Austria One Connect xxxxxxxxx@onemail.at This particular service may be unavailable since it was acquired by Orange

T-Mobile 43676number@sms.t-mobile.at

Israel Pelephone number@pelephone.net.il

Spikko number@SpikkoSMS.com

Hong Kong CSL number@mgw.mmsc1.hkcsl.com

Japan au by KDDI number@ezweb.ne.jp

NTT DoCoMo number@docomo.ne.jp

Vodafone Chuugoku/Western number@n.vodafone.ne.jp For Chuugoku/Western, Japan

Vodafone Hokkaido number@d.vodafone.ne.jp Hokkaido, Japan

Vodafone Hokuriku/Central North number@r.vodafone.ne.jp For Hokuriku/Central North, Japan

Vodafone Kansai/West, including Osaka number@k.vodafone.ne.jp For Kansai/West, including Osaka, Japan

Vodafone Kanto/Koushin/East, including Tokyo number@t.vodafone.ne.jp For Kanto/Koushin/East, including Tokyo, Japan

Vodafone Kyuushu/Okinawa number@q.vodafone.ne.jp For Kyuushu/Okinawa, Japan

Vodafone Shikoku number@s.vodafone.ne.jp For Shikoku, Japan

Vodafone Touhoku/Niigata/North number@h.vodafone.ne.jp For Touhoku/Niigata/North, Japan

Willcom number@pdx.ne.jp

Willcom di number@di.pdx.ne.jp

Willcom dj number@dj.pdx.ne.jp

Willcom dk number@dk.pdx.ne.jp

South Korea Helio number@myhelio.com

Thailand AIS 661xxxxxxx@mms.mobilelife.co.th This particular service has not been confirmed.

AIS 08xxxxxxxx@mms.ais.co.th May require calling the carrier and activating MMS services.
China China Mobile number@139.com

Australia Blue Sky Frog number@blueskyfrog.com

SL Interactive xxxxxxxxx@slinteractive.com.au

SMS Broadcast number@send.smsbroadcast.com.au

SMS Central number@sms.smscentral.com.au

SMSPUP domestic-number@smspup.com

T-Mobile (Optus Zoo) 0number@optusmobile.com.au

Telstra Integrated Messaging (powered by Soprano) mobile@sms.tim.telstra.com

UTBox number@sms.utbox.net

New Zealand Telecom New Zealand number@etxt.co.nz

Vodafone number@mtxt.co.nz

India Aircel number@aircel.co.in

Andhra Pradesh AirTel 91number@airtelap.com

Andhra Pradesh Idea Cellular number@ideacellular.net

Chennai RPG Cellular 9841number@rpgmail.net

Chennai Skycell / Airtel 919840number@airtelchennai.com

Delhi Airtel 919810number@airtelmail.com

Delhi Hutch 9811number@delhi.hutch.co.in

Goa Airtel 919890number@airtelmail.com

Goa BPL Mobile 9823number@bplmobile.com

Goa Idea Cellular number@ideacellular.net

Gujarat Airtel 919898number@airtelmail.com

Gujarat Celforce / Fascel 9825number@celforce.com

Gujarat Idea Cellular number@ideacellular.net

Haryana Airtel 919896number@airtelmail.com

Haryana Escotel 9812number@escotelmobile.com

Himachai Pradesh Airtel 919816number@airtelmail.com

Idea Cellular number@ideacellular.net

Karnataka Airtel 919845number@airtelkk.com

Kerala Airtel 919895number@airtelkerala.com

Kerala BPL Mobile 9846number@bplmobile.com

Kerala Escotel 9847number@escotelmobile.com

Kolkata Airtel 919831number@airtelkol.com

Loop (BPL Mobile) number@loopmobile.co.in

Madhya Pradesh Airtel 919893number@airtelmail.com

Maharashtra Airtel 919890number@airtelmail.com

Maharashtra BPL Mobile 9823number@bplmobile.com

Maharashtra Idea Cellular number@ideacellular.net

Mumbai Airtel 919892number@airtelmail.com

Mumbai BPL Mobile 9821number@bplmobile.com

Pondicherry BPL Mobile 9843number@bplmobile.com

Punjab Airtel 919815number@airtelmail.com

Tamil Nadu Aircel 9842number@airsms.com

Tamil Nadu Airtel 919894number@airtelmobile.com

Tamil Nadu BPL Mobile 919843number@bplmobile.com

Uttar Pradesh West Escotel 9837number@escotelmobile.com


Russia BeeLine GSM xxxxxxxxx@sms.beemail.ru

MTS 7xxxxxxxxxx@sms.mts.ru

Primtel xxxxxxxxx@sms.primtel.ru

SCS-900 xxxxxxxxx@scs-900.ru

Uraltel xxxxxxxxx@sms.uraltel.ru

Vessotel xxxxxxxxx@pager.irkutsk.ru

YCC xxxxxxxxx@sms.ycc.ru

Malaysia Celcom 019xxxxxxx@sms.celcom.com.my

Singapore M1 n@m1.com.sg

Starhub (powered by Soprano) number@starhub-enterprisemessaging.com

Mexico Iusacell xxxxxxxxx@rek2.com.mx

Nextel number@msgnextel.com.mx

Nicaragua Claro number@ideasclaro-ca.com

Costa Rica ICE number@ice.cr address : (subject)text

Panama Más Móvil number@cwmovil.com

Dominica Digicel (no-area-code)number@digitextdm.com Do not include the area code.

Brazil Claro number@clarotorpedo.com.br

Nextel xxxxxxxxx@nextel.com.br

Vivo number@torpedoemail.com.br

Colombia Comcel (Claro) number@comcel.com.co

Movistar number@movistar.com.co

Tigo (formerly Ola) number@sms.tigo.com.co

Argentina CTI Móvil (Claro) number@sms.ctimovil.com.ar

Movistar number@sms.movistar.net.ar The number must NOT include the country code.

Nextel TwoWay.11number@nextel.net.ar Requires the Two-Way number.

Personal number@alertas.personal.com.ar Requires calling the service for activation

Aruba Setar Mobile email 297domestic-number@mas.aw

Bulgaria Globul 35989number@sms.globul.bg

Mobiltel 35988number@sms.mtel.net

Vivacom 35987number@sms.vivacom.bg Requires country-code–Vivacom-area-code–number@sms.vivacom.bg

Croatia T-Mobile 385domestic-number@sms.t-mobile.hr address##subject#text

Czech Republic Eurotel (now 02) +ccaaxxxxxxx@sms.eurotel.cz This particular service may be unavailable since it was acquired by O2

Oskar (now Vodafone) xxxxxxxxx@mujoskar.cz This particular service may be unavailable since it became Vodafone Czech Republic

Estonia EMT xxxxxxxxx@sms.emt.ee

Hungary Ozeki number@ozekisms.com

PGSM 3620xxxxxxx@sms.pgsm.hu

Latvia Kyivstar xxxxxxxxx@smsmail.lmt.lv

LMT 9xxxxxx@smsmail.lmt.lv

Tele2 xxxxxxxxx@sms.tele2.lv

Poland Orange Polska 9digit@orange.pl

Plus +48domestic-number@text.plusgsm.pl

Serbia Mobtel Srbija (Telenor Serbia) xxxxxxxxx@mobtel.co.yu This particular service may be unavailable since it became Telenor Serbia

Slovenia Mobitel xxxxxx@linux.mobitel.si

Si Mobil xxxxxx@simobil.net

Ukraine Kyivstar xxxxxxxxxx@2sms.kyivstar.net

UMC xxxxxxxxx@sms.umc.com.ua

South Africa MTN number@sms.co.za

Vodacom number@voda.co.za

Puerto Rico Claro number@vtexto.com

Centennial Wireless number@cwemail.com

TracFone (prepaid) number@mmst5.tracfone.com

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways

http://www.sweetnam.eu/index.php/List_of_Internet_to_SMS_gateways

http://www.mydigitallife.info/send-free-text-message-with-hundreds-of-email-to-sms-gateway-or-internet-web-sms-from-operator/

http://www.mutube.com/projects/open-email-to-sms/gateway-list/

http://edrupler.com/content/how-send-email-any-cell-phone-free

http://www.email-unlimited.com/stuff/send-email-to-phone.htm

http://www.emailtextmessages.com/

http://www.tech-faq.com/how-to-send-text-messages-free.html

  • Moshe Rosenberg

    You sure the Vodafone Uk is up? Does not seem to work…

  • saurabh joshi

    Nice Post…..Thanks
    Well , Maharashtra Airtel is not working.
    Can you confirm?