Text message a landline
Your recipient doesn't even need a cell phone for you to text message them.
Ever needed to text message, oh I don't know, grandma, but she doesn't have a cell phone? Watch our video on how this works, then refer back to this article for the steps.
This is actually just to help you discover a feature you probably didn't know you had. Sprint and Verizon allow this on their networks in the U.S.; check with your local carrier to see if they also permit it. If they do, it's simple.
- Write your text message and include the landline phone number in the to: line. The text message will be sent to a special service which converts it into a voice mail, using text-to-speech technology.
- You'll get a confirmation message telling you how much the message will cost to send, and asking you to text message a one-time confirmation for that number.
- From then on, any text to that number will be automatically sent.
- On the other end, the person picks up the phone and hears your message read out to them. (This is the part you have to watch the video to really get.)
- They can even choose to record a reply back.
- Then you'll get a text message confirming they got the message and letting you know how to access their reply. Thanks to Stephanie for sending us an e-mail, tipping us off to this.