When setting up Text Message Alerts, if you find your cell phone service provider / carrier is not in the list of cell phone providers when you try to add a cell phone number, you can usually fix this. This post explains how to set up text message Alerts from almost any cell phone service provider.

Background:

RV Whisper text alerts are actually sent as email to a specific “email-to-text” address that most cell phone providers. For example to send a text message via email to a Verizon cell phone number you can send an email to phonenumber@vtext.com. For example, to send a text message to the phone number 555-123-4567 just send a short email to 5551234567@vtext.com and verify the email is received as a text message.

Verizon explains this here.

You can check online with your cell phone service to see how they handle this. A good search phrase would be “Verizon email to text message address” where you can replace Verizon with your cell service provider.

Gotchas:

  • message length may be limited to 100 characters or so.
  • messages may be limited to no images

Test First

Before you enter the email-to-text address for your phone into an RV Whisper Alert, you should test it first by sending a test email from any email account you have.

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