How to Send Free Text Messages to Verizon Phones

by Michael Ryan
Cell phone image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

If you need to get in touch with a Verizon user via text message and you don't have a text-capable cell phone, you have options. There are three ways to send a free text message from a computer to a Verizon user without the need of a text-messaging account. If you have Internet access and an email or AOL Instant Messenger account, a text message can be composed and sent via your computer keyboard. Alternatively, a text message can be sent from Verizon's web-based text messaging system.

Text Via Verizon's Website

Step 1

Open your web browser. The Verizon online text messaging tools work in any browser.

Step 2

Go to the Verizon website. The online text messaging tools are located at

Step 3

Address the text message. In the "Send To" field, type the 10-digit number, including area code, of the user you want to text. You can send the same message to a total of 10 users simultaneously. If you want, you can include your name and callback number on the text.

Step 4

Compose the message. Remember that text messages sent via the Verizon website are limited to 140 characters. If longer, you must split the text into multiple messages.

Send the message. Click the "Send" button in your web browser. The text will be sent on your behalf.

Via an Email Client

Step 1

Open your email client. Alternatively, if you use web-based email, log in to your account.

Step 2

Start a new message. Click on the "New" or "Compose" button, depending on your email client, to start a new message.

Step 3

Address the message. In the "To" field, insert the ten-digit phone number you want to text in the following format:

Step 4

Compose your message. Your text message is limited to 140 characters, so plan accordingly when composing the message.

Send the message. Once your message is composed in the email client, click the "Send" button to send it. From your end, it is sent and handled like any other email.

Via AOL Instant Messenger

Step 1

Launch and log in to AOL Instant Messenger.

Step 2

Start a new instant message. Click the "People" menu at the top of the screen and select "Send Instant Message."

Step 3

Address the message. In the "To" field of the message, insert the Verizon user's cell phone number, preceded by country code (+1 for the United States). For example, if you were texting (212) 555-1212, enter +12125551212 in the "To" field.

Step 4

Compose the message. Type in the same composition area as used when sending a regular AOL instant message.

Send the message. Click the "Send" button in the lower-right hand corner of the window to send the message to the Verizon user.


Photo Credits

  • Cell phone image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

About the Author

Michael Ryan is a freelance writer with professional experiences in the auto industry and academic training in music. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Olivet College. Since college, he has been a featured speaker at music conferences at the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. Ryan is a published writer, with work featured on websites including eHow and

More Articles