Using Online Text Messaging


sms_text_protocol_message1A friend of mine recently told me about online text messaging – sending and receiving texts using your phone company’s website. At first I thought, why in the Heck would I want/need to do that? Well, a case in point came up today and I’m glad I knew about this little trick.

Today, I forgot to take my cell phone with me and left it at home – what would be a disaster for many folks left me feeling a tad at sea, but not as Jumpin’ Jehosaphat Batcrap Crazy as it would be for some people. Still, little things, like opening Facebook on my work computer left me with a slight dilemma since I have double authentication activated on many of my social sites. So, when I went to logon to Facebook this morning, in an attempt to feel somewhat connected with friends and family who might be trying to communicate with me, I was told I needed to input a numeric code that would be texted to me. Oops.

Then I remembered that Verizon has online messaging and Voila! I retrieved the code there and was able to logon to Facebook.

Two immediate benefits of this feature are that you can, obviously, type longer messages using a “real” keyboard and view those messages on a larger screen, and you can sync what happens between the online messaging and your phone’s messaging application. Deleting your messages is easier on the big screen too. Verizon’s online messaging offers a multitude of settings including Auto-Reply, Auto-Signature, Email to Text, Manage Devices, Web Access, Spam Control, Unsubscribe, Notifications and Display. You can also, print, export and remove conversations.

In order to access (Verizon) online text messaging, you do have to create an account with them. It appears that MySprint provides access to online messaging too, although I haven’t tested that since I don’t have an account there. If anyone has any knowledge of other telephone companies providing this service, please let us know in the comments section.

Below is an example of the online messaging view window (albeit edited for privacy).


messaging app

I think this is one of those applications you may only use occasionally, but are really glad it’s available when the time comes.

 

About the Author

Karen Homan

Karen is a 14 year veteran at an upstate New York college where she writes and edits end-user documentation to educate faculty and staff in computer software. She has been involved with software training for over 17 years, is experienced in producing training videos, blogs about technology, and creates instructional material for her day job. One of her passions is figuring things out. Her favorite motto is IBM’s old one word slogan: THINK.

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