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How to Send an SMS "text" message from Yahoo! to a cell phone.

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This will show you how to send a short message from a computer via the Yahoo!™ website to a cell phone, including how to reply and accept replies which are received in chat format. This is free to send to cell phones in the United States.
 
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Step 1: Www.yahoo.com

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1. Go to www.Yahoo.com and click on the “Mail” button.

Step 2: Logging in or Creating a New Account

2. Log into your Yahoo email account. If you do not have a Yahoo account please skip to step 2-b.

a- For users who have not used their Yahoo account for some time, follow any prompts requested in order to begin sending SMS (for example, reactivating your account or selecting your country). 

b- Click on ‘Create New Account’ button at the bottom of the log in screen.  Follow Yahoo's instructions on how to create your new account.  Continue to log in.

Step 3: Becoming Available

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At the top left of the screen, in between your username and ‘Sign Out’ it will show your status as either ‘Available’, ‘Busy’, ‘Invisible’, or ‘Offline’. If your status is ‘Available’ then continue to the next step. If it is not, then click the down facing arrow next to your status and highlight the ‘Available” option from the drop down list.

Step 4: 'New'

Find the button titled “New” near the top left corner of the screen. It is next to the “Check Mail” button. Click the downward facing arrow on the “New” button. Follow any prompts Yahoo presents.

Step 6: Typing in the Cell Phone Number

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In the text bar under “Enter a mobile number or contact” type in the U.S. cell phone number, with area code, that you wish to send your SMS to. (At the top of the screen shot pictured ).
wikiq1 year ago
cool it works
blodefood2 years ago
This does not work to send to a 711 Speakout phone in Canada and I'm not sure about Speakout phones in the US. It works with most other providers in North America, though.

Suggestion: Do a test to make sure it goes through.
unclex63 years ago
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jar3133 years ago
I think you could combine steps 6 & 7-- since the picture is the same for both, I had already started typing in the bottom box.
jar3133 years ago
I think you could maybe zoom in a little bit on this picture. I can see what you want me to click on, but I don't know that I need the rest of the screen as much as I would like to see more detail.
jar3133 years ago
Excellent arrow/circle usage.
RAKattack3 years ago
WOW! i didnt even know this existed! i am going to pass this on to my parents who are technologically incompetent (especially when it comes to text messaging!). With such clear steps they will undoubtedly be able to send me text messages in no time. Great idea and great work to whoever put this together!
marissa_e3 years ago
With alot of my time at work being on a computer it is a quick and easy way to get in touch with my friends and family. It's very interesting to see how different forms of communication are being transformed and making it easier to stay connected to people!
nursesue3 years ago
Actually this helps my husband and me out quite a bit. We use texting to stay in contact all day long and use it extensively. I am on the computer alot so this way I don't have to have my phone by my side all the time. I can send a txt from the computer. Anything that makes life simpler is wonderful.

Thanks much
navig8r3 years ago
New technology. Getting better all the time. This was great except that there are to many ads. I have a laptop with a broadband wireless adapter with Verizon. I can take it and use it anywhere I can get in touch with a tower and get service. Now I can txt anyone even if I don't have my cell. Now that's service.

Thanks to whom ever put this together.

David NM
hummerbirdy3 years ago
I never knew that I could use the computer to "text" people! I can now text my grandchildren in Michigan. I could not read some of the message on the screen, but I did get the idea. The video was helpful, but the arrow was too small to see without my glasses.
T.K. in CA
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