Originally Posted by NEW! An Edit by Mark Rejhon to add what NASCAR17NH
...Forget about all of the different extensions and carriers the only one you need to know is this! - the 10 digit mobile #@teleflip.com. This will reroute the message to any mobile number automatically no matter what the service provider is. I have been using this for over a year on regular e-mail and my cell before I purchased my BB.
For everyone who wants to be able to use their email to text someone with a standard phone, here are the email extensions for most of the North American carriers....the phone address will be the 10 digit number followed by their carrier extension....
Sprint-- @messaging.sprintpcs.com (not positive on this one)
U.S. Cellular-- @email.uscc.net
Bell Mobility-- @txt.bellmobility.com
- No SMS Plan Needed: SMS is purely optional with a BlackBerry. You can send SMS by email instead of using SMS. Or you can just stick to email if you only need to communicate using email.
- Unlimited Outgoing SMS: By sending SMS as email on BlackBerry as described above in this thread, there is no charge sending outgoing SMS messages this way if you have an unlimited GPRS plan. You do not even need an SMS plan if you plan to send outgoing SMS messages only as email messages.
- BlackBerry Still Benefits from SMS Plan: If you decide to have a SMS plan, BlackBerry can also allow you to compose SMS directly instead of using email addresses. Go to Messages screen, Click thumbwheel, select "Compose SMS". An advantage of doing it this way is that BlackBerry has a special feature that allows you to type SMS messages up to about 1000 characters. BlackBerry automatically splits these long messages into multiple SMS messages.
- SMS Without A Voice Plan: You can have SMS without a voice plan, if needed. Some people like to use a BlackBerry without a voice plan (especially among people who are hard of hearing).
- What Is The Phone Number Of My BlackBerry?: If you are on a data-only plan and forget the phone number of your BlackBerry -- you can find out what the phone number of your BlackBerry by going to Options -> SIM Card. Your BlackBerry phone number is always listed there!
Thank you to martin_j001 and Mark Rejhon for composing this FAQ