How to Send SMS

Send text message on a flip phone, slide phone, analogue phone

Learning how to send sms messages or text messages as they are otherwise known is incredibly easy, you don’t even need to thoroughly understand your phone to get to grips with them. As long as you know what you are looking for and how to physically type the message you want to send into the phone then it’s just a case of finding your feet and practice makes perfect.

On this page we provide a step by step example of how to send sms messages from an older generation Samsung D500 slide phone. The process of how to send sms messages from this phone is almost identical to the process used for almost every slide phone, flip phone and analogue phone leading up to the new touch screen phone generation.

Just by reading this example there will be many factors that relate to any phone and will help you in your quest to become fluent in texting! As our site develops we will be adding more and more pages to ensure that we cover as many phones as possible both with written examples and also video aids to make learning how to send sms messages as easy as possible for people that have never even picked up a cell phone before.

Example 2 – Sending sms messages from the Samsung D500, an older generation cell phone in the slide phone category. In this example we will show you how to send the following text message, we have included letters numbers and also other characters to allow you to see exactly where you can obtain everything you will need to send your own text messages when you are confident enough to.

Remember this is the most basic step by step guide so if you think ‘I know how to do this bit’ then just move on a bit further.

Woman Texting on a Phone

Example text:

‘Hello David, how are you? Congratulations on the 8th album. Steve’;

How to send sms text – new message

Stage 1 – Selecting the message option and find the sms text message function

  1. Slide open the phone so that it is unlocked and will respond to the buttons that you press.
  2. At the bottom of the screen will be the ‘Menu’ option, select this by pressing the corresponding button directly underneath it.
  3. You will now be in the main menu function where you will be looking for the ‘messages’ option. This will be the option with the envelope as the icon. Scroll the cursor to the envelope icon using the directional keypad so that it is highlighted. Select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button to enter the main messages menu.
  4. You will now be presented with a numerical list of options for all of the types of messages, the top option will be ‘1. Short messages’, select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button.
  5. You will now be presented with a numerical list of options for the short messages (these are sms text messages), the top option will be ‘1. Create’, select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button.

You will now be in the blank message screen ready to type your message. Proceed to step 2 below

Or

If you want to reply to an existing text from somebody that has earlier sent you.

  1. Slide open the phone so that it is unlocked and will respond to the buttons that you press.
  2. At the bottom of the screen will be the ‘Menu’ option, select this by pressing the corresponding button directly underneath it.
  3. You will now be in the main menu function where you will be looking for the ‘messages’ option. This will be the option with the envelope as the icon. Scroll the cursor to the envelope icon using the directional keypad so that it is highlighted. Select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button to enter the main messages menu.
  4. You will now be presented with a numerical list of options for all of the types of messages, the top option will be ‘1. Short messages’, select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button.
  5. You will now be presented with a numerical list of options for the short messages, the top option will be ‘2.Inbox’, select this option by pressing the ‘ok’ button.
  6. Manoeuvre through the messages using the directional arrows and choose the text message you wish to reply to by pressing the ‘ok’ button. The message will now be displayed.
  7. Press the button directly below ‘Options’ at the bottom left of the screen.
  8. Select ‘1.Reply’ by pressing the ‘ok’ button
  9. You will now be in the blank message screen ready to type your message. Proceed to step 2

Step 2 – Typing the sms text message

The message to be typed is: ‘Hello David, how are you? Congrats on the 8th album. Steve’

Proceed to type the message as follows, this will be in predictive T9 text so to ensure that you are in predictive message mode look at the bottom right of the screen at the icon that will either show ‘A’ or ‘T9’. Press the corresponding button directly below to change it to ‘T9’ if it is not already showing this logo.

If at any point you need to delete a character or word press the ‘c’ button or hold it down to delete the entire message and start over.

  1. Step a – Press ‘4’ once for an ‘H’, press 3 once for an ‘e’, press ‘5’ twice for ‘ll’, press ‘6’ once for an ‘o’, now press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  2. Step b – Press ‘*’ once and then ‘3’ once to make a ‘D’ if this comes up as an ‘E’ then press ‘0’ once to change it. Press ‘2’ once for ‘a’ if this comes up as ‘Fa’ then press the ‘0’ to change it to ‘Da’, press ‘8’ once for a ‘v’ if this changes the word to anything but ‘Dav’ then press the ‘0’ until the word changes to ‘Dav’, press ‘4’ once for ‘i’, if this changes the word to anything but ‘Davi’ then press the ‘0’ until the word changes to ‘Davi’, press ‘3’ for a ‘d’. Now press ‘1’ to select a punctuation mark and press ‘0’ once to change this to the ‘,’ that you want. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  3. Step c – Press ‘4’ once then ‘6’ once, press ‘0’ to change the combination of letters to ‘ho’, press ‘9’ once. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  4. Step d – Press ‘2’ then ‘7’ then ‘3’ to display ‘are’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  5. Step e – Press ‘9’ then ‘6’ then ‘8’ to display ‘you’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  6. Step f – Press ‘1’ to select a punctuation mark and then press ‘0’ three times to change it to a question mark ‘?’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  7. Step g – Press ‘1’ then ‘6’ then ‘6’ then ‘4’ then ‘7’ then ‘2’ then ‘8’ then ‘7’ to display ‘congrats’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  8. Step h – Press ‘6’ then ‘6’ to display ‘on’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  9. Step i – Press ‘8’ then ‘4’ then ‘3’ to display ‘the’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  10. Step j – Keep your finger on the ‘8’ until the number ‘8’ appears. Pause. Press ‘8’ then ‘4’ to display ‘8th’. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  11. Step k – Press ‘2’ then ‘5’ then ‘2’, press ‘0’ until the word shows ‘alb’. Press ‘8’ then ‘6’ to display ‘album’. Press ‘1’ to create a full stop. Press ‘#’ to make a space in the text.
  12. Step l – Press ‘*’ and then ‘7’ to create a capital ‘S’. Press ‘8’ then ‘3’ then ‘8’ then ‘3’.

The message has now been completed and all that is left is to send it. If you want to know how to send sms messages in this way freehand without predictive text(T9 text) please see the main page which explains how to text freehand and type the message in exactly the way it describes there. However I can assure you that the example on this page using predictive T9 text is quicker and also easier.

Step 3 – Selecting the recipient and sending the message

Look at the bottom left of the screen for the ‘Options’ press the corresponding button directly below this.

You will now be given a list of numerical options. Manouver to ‘2. Send only’, you can choose the first option if you wanted to save the message that you are sending in an ‘Outbox’ folder. Press ‘ok’ to choose the option you require.

You will now have a blank ‘To’ field.

If the number for the recipient is not recorded in the phone-book of the phone then key this in here using the numerical buttons.
Or
If the number for the recipient is recorded in the phone-book of the phone then press the ‘Options’ button directly under this option at the bottom left of the screen.

Select ‘2. Phonebook’ by pressing the ‘ok’ button.

You will now be in your phonebook. Type the first letter of the recipient’s name and use the scroll keys to maneuver up and down to find them. Press the ‘ok’ button to select them and then press the ‘ok’ button again to send the message.

This may sound like a long process just to learn how to send sms messages but this is a guide for total beginners and we hope that it can also be of some use to people a bit of experience too. Once you get the hang of it then it is really quick.

We have previously mentioned that learning how to send sms messages from this phone is the same as a whole bunch of cell phones and this is correct. Composing the message is exactly the same, as is finding the correct option for messages initially and finally selecting the recipient or typing a number in. With a few different key presses it is so simple to adapt this to any phone there is which is why this guide is fundamental to anyone that is new to sending text sms messages.