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    Free online SMS to TracFone

    I was wondering if you guys use a certain website to send a free SMS to a TracFone. Since a Nokia 1100 can receive a txt msg for free, it could be handy

    I tried three sites (google top results) this morning and the messages were not received on the TF.

    One site suggested looking up the carrier.

    So, I guess, if the carrier result it is not one of the major US wireless carriers but a little local one (Broadview Networks, NH) one may not be able to use send free online texts?
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    Actually, I learned the messages do go through but are received on a different phone.

    TF CS activation goof. They gave me the number of the previous owner!

    Oh how fun trying to fix this is ... (on hold more than I am talking with TF)

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    you'll have to wait for the SIM card

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    Actually, I took out the previous owner's card and installed a brand new SIM card before I tried online activation, phone activation (combined 6 attempts) and ultimately CS activation. Old IMEI, new SIM card, new zip code, new name, new home phone ... and I got the old #. That's what is so bizarre about it, to me. Regular activations I did have been near instantaneous.

    After another hour on the phone I am told to wait 24 hrs to let this resolve itself. 10 hours into it there is no change yet. Something tells me I'm going to be calling them tomorrow morning (promptly) at the 24hr mark.

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    Additional question:

    I was wondering, if you know the underlying carrier for your TF, can you use the email method to send a txt?

    I can't try it myself as my free txt Nokia 1100 phone is activated on some small rural carrier.

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    I don't think TracFone activates GSM phones on anything other than AT&T or T-Mobile (or Dobson, but AT&T bought them). Broadview Networks is probably a former subsidiary of one of them. If the SIM card number ends in C4, it is AT&T (Cingular). If it ends in T5, it is T-Mobile. Check the forums for those providers for the proper SMS e-mail format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icerabbit
    Additional question:

    I was wondering, if you know the underlying carrier for your TF, can you use the email method to send a txt?

    I can't try it myself as my free txt Nokia 1100 phone is activated on some small rural carrier.
    Yes, you can email to phone-number@carrier-address

    What is the small carrier? I thought TF only used 3 GSM carriers. What is the code on your SIM card? If you enter code *#33, what does it say for CN? It should be 2 3-digit numbers. The first will probably be 310, but possibly 311 or 316 (meaning US). The second identifies the carrier (usually 410 for AT&T).

    You can find a list at

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._United_States

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    Following this link http://freesms.1888usa.com/ I got this:

    (207) 513-xxxx
    Type: Land Line
    Provider: Oxford Networks
    Location: Lewiston, ME

    The SIM reads TFSIMC4 --> so AT&T?

    Code entry *#33
    CN 310 890
    LAC 200

    890 according to the list is: Rural Cellular / Unicel

    Guess I'll do a test or two now

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    Emailing to phonenumber@txt.att.net works

    Thanks for your help, once again, guys. Good stuff!

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