5 Reasons Text Works Better Than email or call

We have reviewed and researched this question and have found 5 reasons for giving priority to text over email and voice calls:

  1. Parents at work, traveling or in a meeting will view a text before answering a call, checking voicemail or email.
  2. 80% of Americans text regularly.  In fact, Americans text twice as much as they call, on average. (Nielsen)
  3. Home phones are being abandoned in favor of cell only (and during the day people are rarely home).
  4. If there is a true emergency and parents get an automated “Robo” call, the first thing they will do is call your school for more information.  A text allows you to give much more detail and assuage fears.
  5. A calling service, even if it is paired with text, requires a staff member with knowledge of the system to login and communicate the message to be disseminated.  Text messages can be quickly modified and distributed instantly.

To send a text using email use the mobile number followed by the carrier email suffix.  Every mobile phone already has its own email using this format:

  • Alltel: phonenumber@message.alltel.com
  • AT&T: phonenumber@txt.att.net
  • T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
  • Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
  • Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
  • Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
  • US Cellular: phonenumber@mms.uscc.net