Many cellular carriers assign email addresses to cellular phone numbers and support SMS or text messaging by email. You don't need to install special add-ins in Outlook to send text messages, but the recipient will need text messaging enabled on their cellular plan (most carriers enable it by default) and have a phone capable of receiving text messages (most new phones are text-capable).
To use, compose a short email message using less than 160 total characters in Outlook (or any email client) and address it to the cellular number at the carrier's email domain. Remember to remove your signature from the message before sending. Note that some carriers will break apart larger messages into 160 character messages, others will deliver only the first 160 characters.
The phones only support plain text messages but the carriers strip multipart HTML, so you don't need to remember to switch to plain text format.
Email sent to cell phones is billed to the subscriber as a text message.
See Tools below for add-ins that can send SMS to phone numbers.
The major US cellular carriers use the email@example.com_domain.com format for SMS to text capable cell phones, with a limit of 160 characters in the subject and message body (total).
|Carrier||Send Email to phonenumber@....|
|Verizonfirstname.lastname@example.org (text only)|
|Verizonemail@example.com (pictures and videos)|
Verizon users can register an alias at vtext.com to give out instead of their phone number. Both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com will be valid addresses for the phone.
If you don't know the carrier, enter the number in 123-456-7890 format at Reverse phone number lookup.
Web Based Interfaces
If you know the phone number and carrier, you may be able to send SMS from a web page.
SMS Utilities and Services
Appointment Reminder is an Outlook Addin that allows you to schedule sms appointment reminders direct from Outlook Calendar.
Send and receive text messages instantly from your email account with the Textmagic secure Email to SMS service.
Enables any version of Outlook to send SMS messages to mobile phone numbers listed in Outlook contacts and generate SMS appointment reminders automatically. Can also handle SMS replies back to your Inbox. Product consists of an Outlook add-in plus a service to generate the SMS messages. Does not trigger Outlook security prompts. A Lotus Notes version, NotesSMS, is also available.
Red Oxygen Office SMS add-in allows you to send text messages from Microsoft Outlook 2013. Messages are sent from Outlook just like emails, but are delivered to phones as text messages. Replies are delivered to your Outlook Inbox as emails (or to your mobile device). Office SMS can scan your Outlook calendar and automatically send appointment reminders and notifications to your cell phone as text messages. Recurring reminders are fully supported.
Service and software that allows you to send SMS messages from within Outlook, use rules to forward incoming email messages to SMS with optional text compression, and send reminders to SMS. Tracks sent SMS messages in the Journal folder. Also available in a 2-way version that allows you to read SMS replies from your desktop.
For a list of Outlook and Exchange Server SMS tools to forward reminders to your cellular phone, see