A text message is a short, typed message you send or receive on a mobile device. Text messages have a 160-character limit and can contain letters, numbers and special characters, like punctuation marks. They may also include links and emoticons.
You can send and receive text messages to other mobile devices and email addresses directly from your mobile device, while keeping your communication short and private. It's a quick and easy way to stay in touch with your friends and family when you aren’t able to step away for a phone call.
If you don't have a mobile phone, you can send a text message to someone in any of following ways:
- Email app (e.g. Outlook®, Hotmail®, Yahoo!® Mail, etc.)
- Text messaging website on the internet (e.g. Verizon Messages in My Verizon)
- PC with messaging software
- Any device capable of text messaging