Here’s a cool cell phone trick that you might not have tried before. Many people don’t realize it, but each sms-capable cell phone can also send and receive emails, at the same price per message as normal text messaging.
It is possible to send an email directly from most TracFone models to a regular email address. This is what works for me: create a message that you will send to “36245″ (note that this spells out “email” on your phone’s keypad). In the body of the message, first type the email address you wish to send a message to, followed by a space. After that, you can just write your message. Then, send the message to number 36245.
You can also use this to determine the email address of your phone. Send an email from your phone to your email address, and look at the address that appears in the “from” field. It should be something starting with your phone’s ten-digit phone number, area code first. This will be your phone’s email address, which you can now use to send messages from your email account to the phone or, even better, give your phone’s email address to your friends to allow them to send you a text message from their email.
If you plan to make use of the ability to send messages to email accounts, you might also want to take advantage of your phone’s text message “template” or “save draft” function to save typing on some commonly-used addresses. This way, when you want to send a message to a common recipient, you can save the time it takes to type out the email address, and at the same time eliminate the chance that you might forget the address.
It should be noted that all text messages will be limited to 160 characters per message. If you go over this limit, part of the message may be deleted, or you might end up with multiple message (i.e. part 1 of 3, part 2 of 3, part 3 of 3, etc.) if you attempt to send a message with more than 160 characters.
I should also point out that I have not tried this on ALL TracFone models. Those that I have been able to get it to work on include the following:
- Motorola w175, w260, and w376g
- LG 225 and 600g
- Nokia 1100
I had trouble making it work with a Motorola C139 and an LG 3280. If you have been able to get it to work with these or any other models that I’ve not tested, please share your experiences in the comments section. Thanks!