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How to send a text message

There are so many different types of phones on the market that it can be nearly impossible to provide a tutorial on how to send a text message from each and every one.  This guide is intended to provide you with some basic and common information, but it is not intended to fit perfectly for every type of phone.  Your best bet for learning how to use specific features of your phone is to consult the owners manual.  If you do not have the owners manual for your phone, many phone manufacturers have their manuals available online.  For example you can find manuals for BlackBerry users here.  Check out the website for the manufacturer of your phone to see what they may have to offer.  Also, you can probably receive service and tutorials from the store where you purchased the phone.

  1. Access the main menu of your cell phone
  2. In menu, select the "Messages" or "SMS" (which stands for "short messaging service") icon.  The labeling may be different for different phones
  3. Select the "Create New Message" option
  4. You will likely see a blank text box on your screen. Begin typing your message using the keypad.  If you have a keyboard with letters on each number, press the number key that has the letter you wish to type.  For example, the 2 key has the letters ABC, so pressing the 2 key once will type a letter A.  To type the letter B or C you will need to press the 2 key twice quickly for B, or three times quickly for C.  Once you have selected the letter you wish to type, pause briefly before typing the next letter.  For example, if you want to type "Hi" press the 4 key twice quickly, pause, and then hit the 4 key three times quickly.
  5. For some people, hitting the number keys repeatedly takes too much time.  They prefer to use "T9" which is a patented program that predicts the text you want to type.  This is also referred to as "predictive text" in some cases.  T9 guesses the word you are trying to spell as you type out the letters, so you only have to hit each number key once per letter.  With T9 "Hi" can by typed simply by pressing the 4 key twice.  Make sure that T9 guesses the right word, as many words will use the same combination of letters.  On most phones you can choose other word options by pressing the asterisk (*) or pound (#) keys. 
  6. Add a space after you are done with a word.  This is typically done by pressing the 0 (zero) key.  You can then begin typing a new word.
  7. Add punctuation marks with your 1 key.  You may have noticed that 1 does not connect with any letters, but instead will display punctuation marks.  Pressing the 1 key once will display a period, and pressing it twice quickly will display a comma.  Keep pressing the 1 key until you find the punctuation mark you are looking for.
  8. To send your completed message, go to "Options" and select "Send".
  9. If prompted to specify the phone number that you are sending the message to, either directly enter in the message receiver's cell phone number OR access the "Phonebook" or "Contacts" and select the message receiver's number.  If you are sending the message to a shortcode (a 4-6 digit number) as part of a mobile marketing campaign, simply type in that number at this time.  For WREX that short code is 24104.
  10. After you have selected the message receiver's number, hit "Send" to send the message.

Much of the information contained in this tutorial is from an article found WikiHow.com.

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