As their name suggests, email to SMS services allow you to send text messages to people’s cell phones, from your email account. We are emerging from a situation where, in days gone by, you could only send SMS from one cell phone to another. But thanks to email to services, it becomes possible to send SMS from a computer (on which you will be operating your email account), onto a cell phone.
Since they became available just a few years back, we have seen remarkable growth in the popularity of these mail to SMS services. That has led to a situation where, today, virtually every major web-based email service provider has the mail to mobile message service as a feature Email to SMS . Whilst many of us expected the email to SMS to become popular in the fullness of time, few expected the growth in popularity for these services to be so fast and exponential. We are interested in finding out what the reasons behind the growing popularity of mail to mobile message services are.
And as it turns out, one reason behind the growing popularity of email to SMS is to be found in the fact that they are largely free (of charge). That is unlike the case with cell phone to cell phone SMS communications, which in most cases are only available at a cost. There are, of course, some mobile telephony carriers who will charge the recipients for delivery of the SMS; but even then, that is only half the cost, and much better than having both the recipient and the sender pay for the service.
Another reason behind the growing popularity of mail to SMS services is to be found in the fact that ‘they are fun.’ To many people, these email to SMS are amongst those things that never lose their novelty. It is great fun to be able to send SMSs from the email. In saying that the mail to mobile message services are fun, people are also making reference to the convenience-factor, which becomes manifest when you are thinking of sending the same text message to many people at once. Using the traditional cell-phone to cell-phone method, sending many text messages at once to many people would involve having to type out each message individually, selecting the number, hitting ‘send’ then starting again the process for each individual recipient. With mail to SMS service, it is possible to send the messages at once. And this is not say anything of the ease associated with typing out the text message on your computer’s keyboard, as opposed to typing on the ‘joke of a keyboard’ most of us have on our cell phones (and which is what we would otherwise have to type out the SMS’s on).
We have yet another reason behind the growing popularity of email to SMS, in the fact that they make it possible for people to get instantaneous responses to their email communications. When you send a traditional email to another person, you can only expect a response to it if and when they eventually log onto their emails accounts – notwithstanding the fact that you may be keener on getting an instant response. That is where an email to SMS message would come in handy, as it goes directly to their cell phone, greatly increasing chances for a faster turn around.