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Free International Email To SMS Gateways

Did you know you can send free SMS messages in Africa? There’s a few ways. Of course, the mobile messaging service MXit is one that uses GPRS and 3G protocols to by pass the standard charges all together. But another more obscure method is explained by the people at Make Use Of

Most of mobile carriers offer free Email To SMS gateways which can be used to forward simple text emails to a mobile phones. And the good news, majority of those gateways are free and available to the general public.

You just need to know the number and the carrier of the recipient to start emailing them to mobile phone. Below we put together a table listing free email to SMS gateways for different carriers. You can use as quick reference both for US and international mobile numbers.

Here’s the list of Email to SMS gateways from Africa and around the world:

  • MTN (South Africa) [number]
  • Vodacom (South Africa) [number]
  • Setar Mobile email (Aruba) 297+[number]
  • Mero Mobile (Nepal) 977[number]
  • Emtel (Mauritius) [number]
  • BPL Mobile (Mumbai, India) [number]
  • Airtel (Karnataka, India) [number]

There are also a number of websites that allow you to send free SMS’ via the web. Be cautious though. Sites like these are often suspected of selling your registered cell phone numbers to marketers and spammers: GizmoSMS , TextMeFree , VienSMS