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Email to text message features are well known features of some cell phone services, but did you know many vendors also support sending text messages from your cell phone to an email address? Instead of typing in a cell phone number into your text message "To" field, try entering an email address to send the message.
Test it out by sending a text message to your own email address and check to see if you receive text messages from yourself. If this works you can also try the same technique for picture messaging and video messaging. If your cell phone provider supports these functions you may be able to send a wide variety of messages from your phone to email, which is very handy for your friends who are out of minutes, don't have phones, or are charging the cell phones when you send your messages.