Tracfone and SMS

After experimenting with my Motorola C139, I have determined that it costs 0.3 units to send a text message and 0.3 units to open a new text message.  You can also delete unopened text message for free.

My wife's Nokia 5100 charges 0.5 units to send a text message.  I have not been able to receive a text message so far so I don't know how much it costs.

Google has a few neat SMS services.  The first one is Google SMS.  This works with my phone but I never received an answer on my wife's phone.  The next one is Google Send to Phone.  One problem I encountered is that you can't bookmark the site, when you try to use the bookmark google throws up.  You need to use the above link.  For my C139 I need to use the Cingular network to receive text messages.

I tried sending my C139 a message using Teleflip.com.  You just send an email to you-rph-one#@teleflip.com.  I tried several times, but I never received the text message that I sent.  The email bounced back to my inbox either.

Another service that did work was Jason Holm's site.  The message appears from jsholm@amsterdam.micfo.com.  I'm not really comfortable with using somebody else's personal email address to send myself text messages.  Looking at the source on his page, I can't figure out how he does it.  The web page just sends a standard POST form to him.  The magic must appear somewhere else.

Knowing that Google sends text messages to my phone via the cingular network I tried using 10digitphonenumber@messaging.nextel.com.  The text message was bounced back to my email box.  It said the reason was: User not local and forwarding not allowed.

Here is a link for some nifty things you can do with SMS.

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