Okay, this is sooo easy and I thank my brother Jared for proof of concept. So the story is this, some people "Gasp!!" don't have a cell phone. If you don't have a cell phone, then there are a couple of ways to text someone. IF and I say IF you know their provider (Blackberry, Telus, Koodo, Rodgers, Bell, Virgin, etc) then you can go to that provider website and find a link somewhere on the site to send a free text to your friend. BUT your friend cannot text you back because the reply would just go to the website, not you.
Another better way is to find the provider's "@msg.provider.com" email ending to put your friend's phone number in front of. For emailing me a "text" you just use your email account(Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc), and put my number + Koodo's provider email ending in the To: field. firstname.lastname@example.org Then my phone reads it and knows to send a message back to your email so you can RECEIVE messages back from me. Just like texting but one side uses a computer and the other uses a cell phone. Neat, right?
HOW TO EMAIL A TEXT MESSAGE TO MY KOODO PHONE NUMBER IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CELL:
1) Online, go to your email and use in the To: field and type in my/a cell number like this: email@example.com
2) I use GMAIL so I installed this gmail notifier so I could have it be the default email on a Windows XP computer or if your email is on a Windows Vista/7 machine go here . So install the program and you won't have to cut and paste the above link, you'll just have to click on it and it will take you to your Gmail account if you are signed in or it will simply take you to the sign in and then auto load the link above (to email me a text message.)
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