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Misplace or break your phone? No cell signal? Have no fear. You can still text away with a computer via WiFi.

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Texting from a laptop has its perks: it's (usually) free, typing is easier and faster, and best of all, you can look busy when you're not.

Here are five different ways you can text from your laptop.


1. Text through email

If you know your friend's phone number and cellphone provider, you can easily deliver a text through email.

Combine your recipient's 10 digit phone number with one of these popular domains:

  • AT&T: @text.att.net

  • Sprint: @messaging.sprintpcs.com

  • T-Mobile: @tmomail.net

  • Verizon: @vtext.com (or @vzwpix.com for photos and video)

For example, if the phone number is (123) 456-7890 and the owner's wireless carrier is AT&T, you would send an email to [email protected]

Just put your text message into the body of the email, press send, and voila!

When he or she replies to your text, the message will go straight to your email's inbox. Keep in mind a longer email will be broken up into multiple text messages, and standard text message rates apply to recipients because the messages are sent as regular texts.

2. Text through your wireless carrier's website

Depending on what your wireless service provider is, you may be able to text other subscribers from your own carrier's website.

If you have Verizon, you can sign into your My Verizon Account, where you can send and receive texts, photos, and videos. Verizon users can also download the desktop application for their computers through My Verizon.

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You can do the same through a My AT&T account.

Take a look at what texting features your carrier offers for your desktop.

3. Text through Apple's iMessage

iMessage isn't just for iPhones.

The Messages app can be used to send iMessages from a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Simply open up the Messages app, type in your recipient's phone number (or Apple ID), and you'll be able to write your message and send it off.

As long as Messages on your Mac is set up to receive texts from both your Apple ID and phone number, you should be able to text to both iPhones and other kinds of phones via the app.

4. Text through a free SMS website

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If you search the web, you'll find a ton of free unlimited SMS websites that will allow you to text internationally. Some free texting messaging sites are Send SMS Now, A Free SMS, and Txt2day.

But these websites have their downsides. In some cases, depending on the website, you won't be able to receive responses directly on the website. You might have to provide an email address to receive responses. And some sites may even require you to sign up and register to see responses.

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Then, there's the sketch factor. You may be bombarded with advertisements while using these sites, which allow these services to run for free.

5. Text through Google Voice

Unlike some of the ways listed above, you can send and receive text messages with Google Voice without knowing the recipient's carrier. This software gives you the option to choose a brand new number, free of charge, or use your existing mobile number.

However, Google Voice only allows you to send and receive text messages to phone numbers in the U.S. and Canada.


Besides texting, Google Voice has other features, such as calling, voicemail, call blocking, and transcribing your voicemail messages to text.

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This story was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2018.

VIA Technologies Inc.
TWSE: 2388
  • Computer Hardware
  • Custom Embedded Solutions
Founded1987; 34 years ago
Fremont, California, United States
Taiwan, ROC
ProductsChipsets, motherboards, CPUs

VIA Technologies Inc. (Chinese: 威盛電子; pinyin: Wēishèng Diànzǐ), is a Taiwanese manufacturer of integrated circuits, mainly motherboardchipsets, CPUs, and memory. It was the world's largest independent manufacturer of motherboard chipsets.[citation needed] As a fabless semiconductor company, VIA conducts research and development of its chipsets in-house, then subcontracts the actual (silicon) manufacturing to third-party merchant foundries, such as TSMC.


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The company was founded in 1987, in Fremont, California, USA by Cher Wang. In 1992, it was decided to move the headquarters to Taipei, Taiwan in order to establish closer partnerships with the substantial and growing IT manufacturing base in Taiwan and neighbouring China.[2]

In 1999, VIA acquired most of Cyrix, then a division of National Semiconductor. That same year, VIA acquired Centaur Technology from Integrated Device Technology, marking its entry into the x86microprocessor market. VIA is the maker of the VIA C3, VIA C7 & VIA Nano processors, and the EPIA platform. The Cyrix MediaGX platform remained with National Semiconductor.

In 2001, VIA established the S3 Graphics joint venture.

In January 2005, VIA began the VIA pc-1 Initiative, to develop information and communication technology systems to benefit those with no access to computers or Internet. In February 2005, VIA celebrated production of the 100 millionth VIA AMD chipset.

On 29 August 2008, VIA announced that they would release official 2D accelerated Linux drivers for their chipsets, and would also release 3D accelerated drivers.[3]

In 2013, VIA entered into an agreement with the Shanghai Municipal Government to create a fabless semiconductor company called Zhaoxin.[4] The joint venture is producing x86 compatible CPUs for the Chinese market.[5]


VIA KT266A north bridge for Socket A.
A VIA USBPHY on a Rosewill-branded PCI USB 2.0 desktopexpansion card.
VIA Vinyl Audio Envy24MT chip of a PCI sound card.
An IEEE 1394 FireWire-400 PCI card with the VIA VT6306 chipset.

By the mid-1990s, VIA's business focused on integrated chipsets for the PC market. Among PC users then, VIA was best known for its motherboard (core-logic) chipsets. However, VIA's products include audio controllers, network/connectivity controllers, low-power CPUs, and even CD/DVD-writer chipsets. PC and peripheral vendors such as ASUS then bought the chipsets for inclusion into their own product brands.

In the late 1990s, VIA began diversifying its core-logic business, and the company made business acquisitions forming a CPU division, graphics division, and a sound division. As advances in silicon manufacturing continue to increase the level of integration and functionality in chipsets, VIA acquired these divisions at the time to remain competitive in the core-logic market.

VIA has produced multiple x86 compatible CPUs, through its acquisitions of Cyrix and Centaur Technology. VIA produces CPUs through the Zhaoxin joint venture. Many of the CPUs are BGA chips sold pre-soldered onto a motherboard. Some of the VIA x86 processors also contain an undocumented Alternate Instruction Set.


Market trends[edit]

By 1996, VIA established itself as an important supplier of PC components with its chipsets for Socket 7 platform. With the Apollo VP3 chipset in 1997 VIA pioneered AGP support for Socket 7 processors.[6] VIA's market position between 1998 to 2000 derived from the success of its Pentium III chipsets. Around 2001 Intel discontinued the development of its SDRAM chipsets, and stated as policy that only RDRAM memory would be supported going forward. Since RDRAM was more expensive and offered few, if any, obvious performance advantages, manufacturers found they could ship performance-equivalent PCs at a lower cost by using VIA chipsets.

In response to increasing market competition, VIA decided to buy out the ailing S3 Graphics business in 2001. While the S3 Savage chipset was not fast enough to survive as a discrete graphics-chip solution[buzzword], its low manufacturing cost made it an ideal integrated-graphics solution[buzzword] as part of the VIA northbridge. At the time under VIA, the S3 brand generally held onto a 10% share of the PC graphics market, behind Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. VIA also included the VIA Envy soundcard on its motherboards, which offered 24-bit sound. While its Pentium 4 chipset designs struggled to win market share in the face of legal threats from Intel, the K8T800 chipset for the Athlon 64 was popular.

From 2004 to 2012, VIA continued the development of its VIA C3 and VIA C7 as well as other x86 and x86-64 compatible processors, targeting small, light, low power applications, a market space in which VIA continues to be successful. For example, in January 2008, VIA unveiled the VIA Nano, an 11 mm × 11 mm footprint VM-enabled x86-64 processor, which debuted in May 2008, for ultra-mobile PCs. By 2013 with its Zhaoxin joint-venture, VIA continues to create x86-64 compatible cpu designs derived from their 1999 purchase of Centaur Technologies and integrated-graphics solutions owing to VIA's earlier relationship and eventual 2001 purchase of S3 Graphics.

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Legal issues[edit]

On the basis of the IDTCentaur acquisition,[7] VIA appeared to have come into possession of at least three patents, which covered key aspects of processor technology used by Intel. On the basis of the negotiating leverage these patents offered, in 2003 VIA arrived at an agreement with Intel that allowed for a ten-year patent cross license, enabling VIA to continue to design and manufacture x86 compatible CPUs. VIA was also granted a three-year grace period in which it could continue to use Intel socket infrastructure.

See also[edit]

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  1. ^'VIA Technologies 2017 Annual Report'(PDF). s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^'Corporate History - VIA Technologies, Inc'. via.com.tw. Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^'VIA Releases FOSS Graphics Driver'. Slashdot. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^Chan, Leon (3 January 2018). 'Via's Chinese Joint Venture Aims For Competitive Home-Grown X86 SOCs By 2019'. Hexus. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. ^Tyson, Mark (2 January 2018). 'VIA and Zhaoxin ZX- family of x86 processors roadmap shared'. Hexus.net. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
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  7. ^'VIA and Intel Settle Patent Infringement Cases'. VIA Technologies, Inc. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
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