For the same reason you’d sometimes prefer to send a text message to another cell phone, did you know you can text to a landline telephone, too?
It’s easy, sometimes free and likely already available at your cell phone carrier. In the U.S., the service converts a text message from a cell phone to a voice message on a landline phone.
Text to Landline: How Does it Work?
At Sprint, for example, just type a text message like normal on your cell phone and enter the 10-digit landline telephone number. If texting is included in your Sprint plan, the text-to-landline service is already available to you.
Prior to delivering your first text-to-landline message with Sprint, you’ll get an opt-in text message informing you that your note will be converted into voice for a landline phone.
After the text is sent and converted, the landline recipient’s phone will ring. When answered, your text message will be automatically read to the recipient by a computer’s voice.
If the landline phone isn’t answered, the text message will be stored as a voicemail (if the landline recipient has voicemail service).
Upon successful delivery of a text-to-landline message, you’ll get a confirmation text message on your cell phone. The confirmation will tell you how your message was received and if the recipient left a voice response message for you.
If a voice reply was left, you’ll be notified via text message on your cell phone. At Sprint, there is no additional fee for using its text-to-landline service. You are simply charged your normal text messaging rate. The service works on all Sprint phones with texting.
Text to Landline at Verizon Wireless, Alltel Wireless
Text-to-landline service works similarly at Verizon Wireless, Alltel Wireless and other carriers. Verizon Wireless says its text-to-landline service converts text messages into voice messages that can be sent to “most listed residential phone numbers” in the U.S.
Though the process is just like Sprint’s, Verizon Wireless charges its normal texting rate plus an additional 25 cents per successful text-to-landline delivery. While this feature at Alltel Wireless works like it does at Sprint and Verizon Wireless, Alltel doesn’t charge extra.