Sending International SMS Using AT&T Plans
Subscribers can send unlimited international Short Messaging Service (SMS) text messages using the AT&T Unlimited Plan, Mobile Share Value®, and Mobile Share® plans. The texts can originate from the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Users may send text messages to 190 countries and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) (i.e., picture and video messages) to 120 countries.
If an AT&T user is not a subscriber to one of the above plans, they can get an international texting package for as little as $10 per month for 100 texts, pictures, and video texts or $15 per month for 1,000 messages. Message overage costs typically come out to $0.20 per message sent.
The pay-per-use rate to send international texts is $0.25 per SMS sent, with standard messaging rates for SMS text messages received. AT&T charges $0.50 per MMS sent and standard messaging rates apply for every MMS received.
To send a message from the U.S. to another country, dial + (or 011) followed by the country code, area code, and local number.
Sending International SMS Using Verizon
Subscribers to Verizon can send international SMS text messages to over 200 countries and MMS messages to over 100 countries. The process of sending an international message with Verizon is the same as with AT&T. Unlimited international SMS and MMS are included at no cost with the new Verizon Plan, The Verizon Plan, or The MORE Everything® Plan.
With the above plans, messages received, whether from domestic or international sources, are included at no additional cost. If your plan has a received message allowance, international messages received are deducted like received domestic messages. If you do not have a received message allowance, the standard incoming text rate applies to messages that you receive. For prepaid monthly talk plans, SMS texts sent to and from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico cost $0.20 per message, and from other destinations, $0.25 per message.
Sending International SMS Using Sprint
Sprint has an Unlimited International Text service that allows customers to send SMS texts to over 180 countries for $10 per month. Messages must originate in the U.S. or a domestic location, including Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Subscribers must have a domestic unlimited messaging plan or add-on. Without a plan, users can send or receive international SMS texts for $0.20 per message. However, subscribers cannot send or receive MMS messages.
Sending International SMS Using T-Mobile
T-Mobile ONE plan subscribers and recent Simple Choice Plan members have unlimited calling and SMS messaging from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada as part of their plans. T-Mobile claims that users can send and receive texts to “just about anywhere in the world”.
Sending International SMS Using U.S. Cellular
Many U.S. Cellular plans feature the sending of unlimited international SMS messages at no additional charges. However, before calling or testing international numbers, your account needs an international service feature code and text messaging service. To send an international SMS message, dial the international access code (011). Then dial the country code, the area code, and the local telephone number. U.S. Cellular customers can send SMS text messages to over 100 countries. If your plan charges for text messages, the charges for international and domestic SMS messages are equivalent.
Sending International SMS Using C Spire
To use the C Spire plans, first get the C Spire International Calling App with Global Family for your smart phone. C Spire offers two types of plans: Unlimited Calling with Global Family for $5 per month and the Pay-By-The-Minute plan. Both plans feature free unlimited international SMS to over 140 countries. To send an international SMS message, just dial the recipient’s number, including the country code and send the message.
Sending International SMS Using Ting
Subscribers to Ting have no plans or contracts. Charges depend on the number of lines, nationwide call minutes, the number of global SMS text messages, and nationwide data. Ting bills customers for usage at the end of each billing period. Pictures and video messaging are charged as data and do not count against messages. There are no extra charges for International SMS messages and calls to over 60 countries. Sending an international SMS requires a country code, area code, and a local number.
Sending International SMS from Your Laptop
The subsequent paragraphs give information about sending international SMS messages from your laptop via Wi Fi. This is free of charge; messages are easier and faster to type; and texts are viewable on screens that are larger than smartphone screens.
Text through Email
Sending an SMS using email requires knowledge of the recipient’s 10-digit phone number and domain. Listed below are five common domains:
- AllTel – @message.alltel.com
- AT&T – @text.att.net
- Sprint – @messaging.sprintpcs.com
- T-Mobile – @tmomail.net
- Verizon – @vtext.com
Address the email using a combination of the phone number and domain. For example, the address of an email to an AT&T user with a “(123) 456-7890” phone number, would be “firstname.lastname@example.org”. A reply to the message goes directly to your email’s inbox.
Text through Wireless Carrier’s Website
You may be able to send SMS texts to other subscribers on your wireless carrier’s website. Specifically, you can do this on Verizon or AT&T by going to your account and following the prompts to send an SMS text.
Text through Google Voice
This is a free service from Google Voice. You can use your existing mobile number or choose a new number, and you do not have to know the recipient’s carrier. However, from the U.S., Canada is the only international destination for SMS messages.
Sending International SMS Using WhatsApp
This free mobile application is the world’s most popular communication app. Facebook purchased this app in 2014, and as of February 2016, its user base was 1 billion. Persons, to whom you send international SMS texts, must have WhatsApp installed on their mobiles, and your contact list must have their phone numbers in full international format. WhatsApp uses your phone’s internet connection to send the SMS messages.
Saving Money When Sending International SMS
Several considerations apply to international SMS. Foremost is whether your plan features unlimited sending and receiving of international SMS messages. If you have limited messaging, compare overage costs from various carriers as they vary. When sending texts internationally, check that the foreign carrier accepts SMS messages from your provider. To avoid roaming charges, ask people to use email when you are traveling to other countries. Finally, ask carriers whether they have international packages, which may save you money, and consider some of the free SMS methods discussed in this article.