SMS Texting via Skype

I was talking with some people about all of the neat technologies people could use – if only their mobile carriers allowed the technology to work and how Skype can be a great replacement when one of the participants asked “What about SMS, can I do that with Skype?”

Skype supports SMS… but it’s more than I’m willing to pay (presently 11.2¢/message to US numbers). Instead, I just ask the person to get Skype on their device (which is free and easy) and then when I send them IM’s they are encrypted. SMS is not.

Also, if you’re in the US and know the mobile carrier of the person you’re trying to reach, you can use the mobile carrier’s email-to-SMS gateway.

You can also give people a direct link to send a Skype IM to you (if Skype is installed on their device). The link looks like this:

skype:{username}?chat

Just replace {username} with your Skype username and you’re all set.

You can also start Skype calls with a similar link – just change the word “chat” to “call”. If you have Skype installed, try it by clicking here.