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Sprint Unveils Text Messaging to Landline Service

Posted April 25, 2006 2:59 a.m. EDT

— Sprint

is adding the capability of sending text messages to landline phones as part of its wireless product offerings.

The text messages are transformed to a voice message when delivered to a conventional phone.

"With Text to Landline, Sprint customers can quickly touch base with someone on a landline phone, even when a voice call might not be convenient," said John Styers, director of product marketing for messaging and imaging for Sprint. "As more and more people begin to rely on text, instant messaging and chat services for quick communication, this offering is just one more way that Sprint is making sure our customers have a wide range of options to meet all their messaging needs."

Text to landline messages are sent in regular fashion. When the recipient's phone is answered, the message will be read aloud. Recipients can reply with a preset text message or a voice message.

Regular text-messaging rates apply, Sprint said.