Send SMS by Email

This is a list of carriers providing email to SMS gateways, which allow you to send text messages to mobile phones via email.

Emails are specific to carriers and SMS messages can only be sent directly to the carriers' unique email gateway. However, generic commercial services also exist.

Sending email to SMS can be used to avoid international fees or set up automatic alerts using IFTTT.

Download the data

If you just want the data, you can download it in CSV and JSON formats.

Search the list

Below you can search the current gateway list directly. Select your country and (optionally) enter the name of your provider.

What next?

1.Find your carrier in the returned results (above). Check for any provider-specific activation instructions in the Notes.

2.Identify the SMS gateway email address you want to use. Many carriers have multiple gateways with separate email addresses for SMS (text) and MMS (multimedia) messages.

3.Replace number with your own number, removing punctuation and non-numeric characters.

If a specific format is known, it will be indicated by leading digits, e.g. 0number@ means you must include a leading zero.

If no hint is provided, the format is not known. In this case try a few alternatives. See the following examples:

987-555-0100 (US, +1) US-style mobile, no leading zero
9875550100@ 19875550100@

07800123123 (UK, +44) EU-style mobile, leading zero
07800123123@ 7800123123@ 447800123123@

Open an issue on Github with the identified format.

4.Send a test message to the email address. Make the message short and avoid adding signatures etc. to the outgoing email or you will receive multiple messages.

5.You will either receive an SMS or get an email delivery failure.

6.If none of the numbers has worked, read the FAQ below.


Why doesn't my gateway work?
Make sure you have followed any provider-specific activation instructions. Check you have tried all the suggested number formats (for most gateways the format is not known).

  1. It works now!
  2. It still doesn't work!
    That's no fun. It could be the information is out of date. You can suggest corrections on Github.

I found a mistake :(
Oh dear, it happens. If you know of a correction to any entry please open an issue on Github and the list will be updated.

I can't find my carrier in your list
Many carriers do not offer email gateway services, and availability changes over time. If your carrier is not listed contact their support and ask for an "email to SMS gateway address".

If they have one they will tell you, if they don't you'll need to use a commercial SMS gateway.

Do you have an API?
Nope. There is no cost effective way to provide an API with the required guarantees of availability.

You can download the data in JSON format and use this in your applications.

Why does this list exist?
10 years ago I needed a free way to send notifications to a mobile phone. I ended up collecting a bunch of email to SMS gateways. That list was copied to and expanded on Wikipedia, before being removed. I have maintained this copy of the list ever since, originally on my blog, now here. I don't know why I do this.

The list is licensed CC-BY-SA, and the raw data is available here.

How is the list kept up to date?
The list is maintained on a voluntary basis, based on feedback and updates from people like you.

How do I add an entry to the list?
Open an issue on Github and I will update.

How do I remove an entry from the list?
Entries are marked inactive when they have had 3 consecutive failure reports, with no successes, over a 6 month period. This is conservative but a lot of "failure" reports are user error.

Inactive entries are still visible in the dataset.

How often is the list updated?
It's a volunteer effort.

That's not good enough! I need up to date information!
Then you are more than welcome to pay someone else for it.

You are most welcome, you nice person!