Firefox Extension : Send to Phone

Here’s a handy little Firefox extension that can be really useful. It adds a little cellphone icon to your Firefox browser. Click on it, and you get a pop-up window that lets you send a text message to your own phone or anyone else’s as long as you know their number and carrier.

I mostly use this to send messages to own phone, things I’d otherwise write on little scraps of paper and lose. I copy and paste meeting information like addresses and room numbers, just as a backup to my memory, or titles of books or articles I want to check out. It’s easy to copy and paste from webpages or e-mail, or if I just need to send a reminder to myself or someone else, it’s easier for me to type it in from the keyboard than to use the phone’s keypad. The window shows you how many characters you’ve used, so you’ll know if your message is going to get split into parts.

In addition to its usefulness as a personal memory aid, you could also use this as a way to send text messages to colleagues or library users. Sending the message is free, but recipients may have to pay to receive the messages, depending on their plan, so I wouldn’t use this to send messages to anyone without their consent, and I wouldn’t send anything confidential this way.

Google Sent to Phone — You can read more about this and download the extension here

Sample Message Window

Google Send to Phone

One thought on “Firefox Extension : Send to Phone

  1. Elizabeth Thomsen Post author

    Sadly, this useful little utility has been retired. Now I just use e-mail to send snippets of text to myself, using the right form of address for my carrier:
    How to send email to a phone — From the SMS 411 blog (Teleflip, the site referred to in this article, has gone out of business)

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