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Unexpected Side Effects Switching Cell Phone Providers

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I wanted to note that when switching cell phone providers, one source of trouble I had not expected was the non-portable email address associated with my phone number for email-to-SMS forwarding.

Sprint has an email-to-SMS gateway that forwards messages sent to Verizon does the same thing using

I was using this mechanism for a smattering of services that know how to send notifications by email but either don’t know how or charge extra for sending SMSes:

All of these alerts stopped happening when I switched providers, and I only noticed when I realized I wasn’t getting the alerts any more. Then I had to go back and try to remember everywhere I’d used that address (hint: this took a couple iterations).

A different case that ended up working out the same way is Twitter’s SMS integration. Here, they have real support for SMS (not cheaping out and using a per-carrier email forwarding gateway). But it still broke, with the same symptoms, when I switched carriers: over time, I realized I was no longer getting SMS notifications I used to get. I don’t know how Twitter’s SMS integration is implemented, and whether they do it themselves or use some service like Twilio; unlike a lot of sites I’ve seen that ask you for a phone number to SMS, they just ask for a phone number and not which carrier. Anyway, it broke and there was no obvious setting to change to fix it; I ended up deleting my phone number and re-adding it and that fixed things.