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send free smsIn an era where smartphone ownership is becoming the majority, it’s hard to imagine someone who can’t (or won’t) send out text messages. When was the last time you knew someone who didn’t have a text messaging plan on their mobile? Or better yet, when was the last time someone told you “don’t text me because I’ve hit my limit!”?

You probably don’t remember. And yet, there are still millions of people out there who (whether involuntarily or by choice) don’t have access to free text messaging. Maybe you’re one of them. Sometimes people lose or misplace their phones and need to shoot a quick SMS to their friends or family.

In either case, these free services 10 Sites To Send Free Text Messages To Cell Phones (SMS) 10 Sites To Send Free Text Messages To Cell Phones (SMS) Read More will send free SMS messages to your recipients at no extra cost. Very handy for those rare situations!


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SendSMSNow is one of the simplest web services to send free SMS texts. The process is simple – you select a country code, enter the recipient’s number, enter your own phone number, type the message, and off it goes. The text message limit is 130 characters, which is more than most free services will offer!

But the coolest part of SendSMSNow, in my opinion, is that you have an inbox on the site and all replies go straight to that inbox. This way, you don’t even need your phone to continue communication. This inbox also tracks a history of all messages you sent using SendSMSNow.

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You can send unlimited free texts with this service. That’s just extra icing on top of an already delicious cake.

Regional Availability: 34 countries, including United States, Canada, Austria, France, Germany, Phillipines, Russia, and more.

Online Text Message

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Even though the website interface for Online Text Message doesn’t look so modern, the service is stronger than most. It supports a whole slew of countries and carriers – so many, in fact, that I had a hard time finding my right selection in the drop-down selection menu! What it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in functionality.

You don’t even need a phone number to use this service. Recipients can respond to your texts and those responses will be directed to your email address. Quite convenient, actually. There’s a “Quick Text” option with hundreds of pre-written texts in case you just need to send a fast “Be right there” or whatever.

Text messages are limited to 100 characters.

Regional Availability: All major carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Nextel, SunCom, AllTel, and more.

Text ‘Em

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The Text ‘Em website looks simple, but that’s just indicative of how easy it is to use their service. All you need is the recipient’s phone number, their carrier, and your message. Text ‘Em supports dozens of different carriers, so it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be able to text your recipient as long as they’re in the US.

Optionally, you can input your email address, which is presumably used for responses to the texts you send out. Text ‘Em imposes a 155 character limit on texts, which is nearly 50% more than the average free SMS service. Take advantage of it if you can!

Regional Availability: United States.


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Our goal has always been to make web-based text messaging free and as simple as possible…” Those are the words of promise that come out of TXTDrop’s creators and, as far as I’m concerned, they’ve delivered on that promise. The interface for TXTDrop is probably the easiest I’ve ever seen. All you need is an email (for replies), the recipient’s number, and a message that will be delivered instantly.

With TXTDrop, you can install a Mac OS X dashboard widget How To Place Your Widgets On The Desktop [Mac] How To Place Your Widgets On The Desktop [Mac] Read More or a Windows 7 gadget The 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets The 7 Best Windows 7 Gadgets Read More which you can use to send free text messages right from your desktop. Extremely useful if you spend a lot of time on your computer and don’t want to retrieve your phone to send out messages.

Regional Availability: United States and Canada.


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The one downside to Yakedi is that you need to register an account, but if you can get past that, it’s great. With Yakedi, you can be sure that your phone number won’t be misused to send you spam SMS messages. Your information is secure and will private.

With a Yakedi account, you can keep track of all of your sent free text messages. In addition, your account has a built-in address book that you can keep updated with important numbers in case you ever need to send an emergency text to someone.

Unfortunately, Yakedi’s availability is rather limited, so most readers won’t be able to use their awesome service.

Regional Availability: Australia and New Zealand.


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If you’d rather have a free SMS alternative on your mobile device, TextFree is the app you want. It’s been consistently ranked as the #1 free texting app and it can send SMS and MMS messages even when you don’t have a carrier or a texting plan. All it requires is an Internet connection.

TextFree for Android

TextFree for iPhone

With TextFree, you are assigned a unique number that is used whenever you send outbound SMS messages. These texts can be sent to anyone, even if they don’t have TextFree, because they act just like regular SMS texts.

Regional Availability: Over 30 countries, including United States, Canada, Bahamas, Hungary, India, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and more.


With the tools listed above, you’ll never again have to worry about being unable to send a text. If one service goes down, there’s always another one there. If you don’t want to use a website, get the TextFree app – as a bonus, it’ll feel like you’re actually texting someone.

What other free SMS services are out there? Share them with us in the comments if you know of any that weren’t included here!

Image Credit: Text Message Via Shutterstock

  1. Rick Grimes
    September 25, 2016 at 7:09 am

    wat about AFREESMS, they are very good online texting website

    • Joel Lee
      September 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Rick, I'll check it out! Seems like a few more services have popped up since the article was written.

  2. SureshChary
    April 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Hi Team,

    I would like to know, how could these sites offer/provide free SMS, whereas service providers are charging per SMS?

    Please share your knowledge. Thanks in advance.


  3. Roberto
    January 15, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    To Greg... YES.

  4. Greg Coe
    August 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Does anyone know whether any of these outfits steal and sell your cell number or the cell numbers you text to call centers for profit and our headaches.

  5. Christine
    June 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Yakedi was a great site. Both my husband and I have accounts but for the past few months we have been unable to send SMS's as the site tells us we have used our 3 free messages for the day. Many, many Emails to Yakedi have been ignored.

  6. Ellen
    April 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I recently took a group of university students to London for a week as part of a study abroad program. I had them all download Whats App and we created a Whats App group - that let everyone see all texts to that group. It worked incredibly well - as long as wifi was available, I could text to the group and everyone in the class received it. Given how much it costs to get international access, this was a lifesaver. We're back in the US now but we're all still using the group to communicate - it's really terrific.

  7. Brenda Cooke
    February 21, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I also like WhatsApp.

  8. Jan
    February 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Yakedi is available only in Australia, not New Zealand.

  9. Marie Broughton
    February 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I'm kind of new to MUO. Is there a way to save the stuff you like or want to refer back to? Hae a super day all! :)

  10. Louis Wang
    February 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Man, Textfree looks really cool but I live in NZ so it doesn't exactly work... at least there's yakedi

    • Louis Wang
      February 15, 2013 at 4:14 am

      Oh damn, only for Australian residents... Nvm...

    • any
      April 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      I just want to put this out there. The website is bullshit. It says a whole slew of carriers. There is like ten tops.

  11. Anonymous
    February 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    These are also really good for those times when you reach for your smartphone, only to find the battery dead. Most smartphones require at least a few minutes of charging before you can even start them up, and if you really need to get that text to your spouse before they leave the office.... well these can save your bacon, or at least ensure he stops to buy bacon.

    • Joel Lee
      February 17, 2013 at 7:10 am

      That's a great way to make use of these sites for sure. And thanks for mentioning bacon. I'm hungry now...

  12. Er Singh
    February 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I found one called HIKE for android. great sms app for indian users

  13. Mark Routledge
    February 14, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Why do none of these sites work in the UK? Do you have any suggestions for those that do?

    • Joel Lee
      February 17, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Sorry, I do not have any meaningful recommendations for the UK side (mostly because I'm not from the UK and I wouldn't be able to test the services). You could try your hand by asking MUO Answers if you wish.

  14. Nashvillian
    February 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I can send a text to someone's phone if I only know their phone number.

    I can send an email that someone will receive as a text on their phone IF I know what carrier their cell service is through. (But how many times do I know that information?)

    If I can send a text from phone to phone without knowing someone's cell service provider, why can't I send an email to someone's phone without knowing someone's cell service provider?

    I should be able to send an email to 16155551234@[somedomain].com and it forward the message as a text to the person's phone who owns that phone number.

    Is there such a service?

  15. Gerhard Tinned
    February 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    You can use the forfone app for iPhone and Android. only free if the other person is as well registered but if not still cheap! ;-) And no strange web page and email to text stuff! :-)

  16. big dee down unda
    February 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Just went through the rego process for Yakedi only to find it is AUSTRALIA only and not New Zealand. We're always last for this kinda stuff :(
    Oh well............

  17. kishor kumar
    February 12, 2013 at 4:11 am

    i amkishor kumar .Can you provide free sms in india

  18. Damon Osborne
    February 12, 2013 at 2:56 am

    As none of this is available in the UK it would save me reading time if you could say so up front.

  19. Anonymous
    February 12, 2013 at 2:51 am

    these work with few countries not liking that

  20. Siva
    February 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Check out Hike. The latest revolution in India. You can send 100 free text messages to non hike users who are in India per month and hike to hike is always free. There is also this rewards program for referring friends which would credit to your account instantly. It's the #1 app in the India play store.


  21. David O'Brien
    February 12, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I use and have found their service great; free number and unlimited txt messages haven't had a problem yet!

  22. Mei
    February 12, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Chikka (google it). Has been around for well over 10 years, now serving upwards of 14 countries including USA. Your first message can go up to 320 characters, then 160--which is still quite good in my experience.

  23. lavender
    February 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

    An alien landed on Earth. He looked around and saw everyone sending text messages. He thought to himself, "Obviously, these creatures are so backward, they haven't even discovered VOICE communications yet!"

    I don't send text messages. Not interested. Never will be. Basically, my philosophy is, If I have something worth SAYING, I'll CALL you; unless you have something worth HEARING, leave me the eff alone! An idea apparently beyond the limits of modern youths' understanding.

    • Chuck
      February 12, 2013 at 1:17 am

      I guess you don't use e-mail either. In fact, what are you doing typing in here??? And what brand is that soap box you're standing on? You read the article, you read the responses, and now you're busy telling us to "leave you **** alone"? Take your own medicine!

      • Lavender
        February 12, 2013 at 2:28 am

        Actually, I've been using email & the Internet since 1993 (before you were born?). I've no problem with something THAT MAKES EFFING SENSE. Texting does NOT make sense. Or perhaps you didn't understand the alien parable? As for the soapbox, the brand is Fels Naptha. And I'm here because I subscribe to MUO, & because I DO use computers. Geez, does it automatically follow that if someone doesn't text, they're computer illiterate?! Really?! You probably think the government is here to help you, huh? And that aliens will be landing on the white house lawn any day now.

        • Joel Lee
          February 13, 2013 at 3:35 am

          Out of curiosity, do you use instant messengers? Either way, what is the difference between email and text messages that causes you to draw a dividing line between them? One might argue that texts are just really short personal emails.

  24. Jeremy Garnett
    February 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I'm in Australia, where it is current practice to pay for every letter. Many thanks

    • Joel Lee
      February 13, 2013 at 3:32 am

      Pay per character? Holy moly, that's gotta be a pain in the butt. Sorry to hear!

  25. Paul
    February 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I have a coworker that travels to Malaysia and we use WhatsApp.

    Works great have yet to run up against a character limit.

  26. John Darrow
    February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Are there any free SMS services that can send a message to a shortcode? That's the missing piece for those I've tried.

  27. Ramamoorthy
    February 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    In India Way2sms ,160by2 ,fullonsms are currently I am using and they very good ..! thank you for the post..

  28. Chuck
    February 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Would you please look at these two? I wanted to send an SMS from my track phone the other day, but it would only send to a full 10 digit number, not the shorter 5 digit or 6 digit codes. So I wanted a web site to do so from. I saw these two, and, but didn't want to give out my info to untrustworthy sites. Would you consider these two and update your report, and perhaps add any other sites that may do the same thing? Thank you!

  29. Nick Daws
    February 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Unfortunately none of these services appears to work in the United Kingdom.

  30. Anonymous
    February 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm click - email, click - compose. click - sms type name of person or phone - send free text. :D)

    Plus there's always SKYPE!

    • Joel Lee
      February 13, 2013 at 3:32 am

      Didn't know Yahoo did that. Interesting!

  31. jpa
    February 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Mighty Text it even tells you the remaining battery charge on your linked smartphone

  32. Karnan
    February 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I am from India and i use
    It allows 140 characters.

    • Cholavendhan
      February 12, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Try fullonsms and Hike(like whatsapp + it also allows to send free sms )

  33. Ron Lister
    February 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    good article. any speculation on how or why they operate free.

  34. Brian Mok
    February 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I use Google Voice.

  35. Fernando Bernardo
    February 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    sendsmsnow not working with me

  36. Anonymous
    February 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    The Best text msg. site that i like just for sending text's is at-( You can even send it to Yourself & send it at a Future Date & Time !...(ps. you can't receive msg's back to you or the Site !.)
    Rick !... ;-)???

  37. A&L
    February 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I send txt to phones using thunderbird
    depending on which service they have
    verizon (pictures)

  38. Jacques Knipe
    February 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Excellent applications and would be very, very handy if they supported my little unsupported country :(

  39. Shazvi Ahmed
    February 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Nice collection of sites. You can also send sms messages through gmail's chatbox. A lot of countries are covered.

  40. rshewmaker
    February 9, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Not a single one gives you the option to respond to your mobile #. And the few websites I did get a message out on were marked 'from:'. I typically use Zipwhip for Sprint (which isn't a lot better), but other than being free I wouldn't recommend these sites to anyone.

    • Mac Witty
      February 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Interesting - didn't know you couldn't reply. Have not used free SMS much as I had a lot including in my plan. Thanks for the information

    • Joel Lee
      February 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Well, the saying holds true for a reason: "You get what you pay for." Free services that go above and beyond expectations are rare. Personally, I'm impressed that these services even exist without cost.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        February 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

        Actually, that's my question. How do they operate? How secure are they?

        • Joel Lee
          February 13, 2013 at 3:30 am

          I'm not exactly sure. That would require some deeper research!

      • Kelsey
        February 12, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Hi Joel,
        Great article. Full disclosure, I work for Zipwhip, a cloud texting company out of Seattle. As you said, it's getting more and more rare for someone to not have an unlimited texting plan. Which esentially means if you have a free service like we do, the consumer just sees it as free all the way around since the cost of unlimited plans are dropping so dramatically.
        I'd be interested to see another article from you about the services out there that route through the phone and offer a solution with the existing mobile number. I personally think that's much more useful in day to day situations.


        • Joel Lee
          February 13, 2013 at 3:31 am

          That's an interesting idea that I may or may not pursue. Thanks for the suggestion!

  41. Austin Beatty
    February 9, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Google Voice.

  42. Eric Wardowski
    February 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Great article! I use Google Voice for SMS messages and it works well. A little complex since it is really more like a webmail client with the address book.

  43. Anonymous
    February 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I have used textfree for a long time. I even bought when it wasn't free. Imagine my surprise when it was downloadable for free.. LOL but anyway, I have used both the iPhone app and the web to send texts.. I think it's quite good. As for texting countries like Mexico, it used to be available but they removed Mexico so that bummed me out and I stopped using it.. But overall I think textfree is great.

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