How do I text message?

catherinet(5 IN)September 17, 2007

Hi all,

I got a sweet "I love you" text message on my phone from my son in college. I wanted to send a message back, but couldn't figure the darned thing out. Is it easy?? I'm not sure where my instruction manual is. Thanks!

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Soooo glad you asked that question because i dont know how either!!!! Hope we get some advice. Bonnie

    Bookmark   September 17, 2007 at 11:54PM
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What kinds of phones are you ladies using?


    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 12:21PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

cell phones. hahahahaha
(That's not a good sign, is it Brenda?) hahahahaha

I think mine is a Nokia. Is that a good answer??

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 3:42PM
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You still have your phone manual? I could tell you if you had a phone just like mine - which is likely, but not highly likely. You never know though - so ditto on Brenda's question. Make and model. Then you can look up the manual (the one you lost - LOL) on-line and go to 'how to text'.

In general you hit reply to a text and then type in your message using the keys on the phone to represent the different letters and the # or * key for spaces and then hit send. My phone will ask if I want to save a copy in the send folder or not and then it sends. It rings me if my son sends me a text message.

Better idea - call your son and tell him you love him back. Texting is SOOOOOOO time consuming IMO!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 3:44PM
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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

Theres a much easier way - use your email program!

Use these domains depending on who your carrier is ...


And use the phone number as the user ....

So in the "To" address box you would use

Type in a subject and message as usual. Keep in mind that if you have a signature set up or use a background in your emails that they will be transmitted too.

Much easier than the keypad on the phone!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 8:45PM
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Thanks Jean! I didn't know that one and just tested it to my own cell and it worked great. I sent my son a message right afterwards.

I wonder how much text can go through? You are right - sure beats typing on the phone which is why I like to call people instead, but being able to do this opens up new avenues.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 9:34PM
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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

Sometimes being a geek is a good thing :^)

Unfortunately I know this because our automated paging system uses a mail program to send text pages. And despite the fact that our cell phones don't work at home (too many hills), those freakin text pages seem to come through just fine.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 10:34PM
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Doh! I used to text message DH on his Nextel via my computer and the online form at (now I can't believe I didn't remember that!

With Sprint or Nextel, you can go to the site below. In the bottom right, below "Send a Text Message," choose Sprint or Nextel from the drop-down list. Then type in the cell number, and hit "Go".

Or you can also do it straight from your email like Jean said! :D


Here is a link that might be useful: Sprint

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 10:58AM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Oh my :( I'm not even sure I want to go there...I'm not read to text....really....please...AAAAHHHHHHH!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 9:28PM
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I talked to Verizon today and they said their text message limit is 160 characters (I presume including spaces).

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 9:40PM
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