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Old 04-16-2013, 10:34 AM
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What happens if I send a text message to a landline?

Suppose I'm trying to text somebody, but I accidentally select their home number instead of their cell when I'm picking the recipient. What happens after I hit send?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:40 AM
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Depends on the carrier. Some services will translate your text via voice synthesis to deliver it to the landline. (Sprint charges a fee for this service, for example.) Others will send you an SMS reply saying the message can't be delivered. Others will just have the message disappear into the void.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:40 AM
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Why not send one and see what happens?

I believe that when I've done this I get a note back from Verizon saying it was undeliverable due to the number not being enabled to receive text.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:42 AM
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I just get a little error icon with a note that says "not sent".
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:09 AM
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Why not send one and see what happens?
Because it might cost me money, as friedo pointed out.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:22 AM
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It translates the text to voice for me, but I believe it's the home phone that gets dinged with the nominal charge. (Bell Canada)
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:36 AM
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Because it might cost me money, as friedo pointed out.
My carrier sends me back a message that ask if I want to pay to translate the text into voice. I just don't respond that I want to. You could . . . call your carrier perhaps and ask them.
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Old 04-16-2013, 04:58 PM
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Here in the UK, the phone rings and a computerised female voice reads the text out to you. It's quite amusing if the text includes abbreviations.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:49 PM
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I did that the other day. Sent the text to the office number instead of my boss's phone. I got nothing back at all. In case anyone is curious, my carrier is Verizon and her landline is Sprint.

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:22 PM
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I have received one of these, and it was translated and left on my answering machine. Not sure what carrier the sender was using. I think my home phone was Verizon at the time, but it could have been AT&T.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:25 AM
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Here in the UK, the phone rings and a computerised female voice reads the text out to you. It's quite amusing if the text includes abbreviations.
It was Tom Baker for a little while in the UK
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:22 AM
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I have Verizon and I get a text message back that says it's a landline and can't receive texts.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 AM
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Here in the UK, the phone rings and a computerised female voice reads the text out to you. It's quite amusing if the text includes abbreviations.
Or as happened to me it waits til two o'clock in the morning.. causes a panic to answer this obviously very important phone call, reads it out in a robotic voice thats somehow taken six hours to arrive...
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 AM
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Yep. I have AT&T and I just tried it to see what would happen, and I got an invalid number message back. I didn't realize some carriers will actually voice it for you.
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