Send SMS to your Girlfriend/Spouse for free with Google Calendar

Daniel Pataki
Dec 2, 2007
Updated • Mar 2, 2014

I have to admit, I'm not the cheapskate, I don't try dodging costs and I don't employ the technique described here, but it is a fairly easy way to get rid of SMS expenses once and for all. There are numerous ways to minimize mobile costs nowadays, I have a "family pack", which means that if I buy more than one SIM card, I can call that card any time for free, it only costs about a flat $4 a month. Sadly, this doesn't include SMS.

As we all know, Google Calendar has the option to send free SMS reminders of tasks. Now all you need is to set up a calendar for your significant other using your own phone as a reminder, and one for yourself, with his/her phone number. Set the default reminder to SMS, for 5 minutes before the event takes place

Now if you want to send her an SMS, just create an event, and write the text as the "What" text. Set the event about 10 minutes ahead to be safe, and save. Sadly only 60 characters will be shown in the SMS, but this is still enough for a quick message. You can create events 1 minute apart and have 3 events span a single SMS if you want. You will have a "reminder" sent to your partner, quickly and for free!

sms events google calendar

It is still possible to use Google Calendar to send SMS, and while you can do so, you may want to make use of newer programs and technologies instead.

The rise of smartphones has fueled the creation of new applications, and one category that has become very popular in the last two or three years is messaging.

Apps like Whats App, Telegram, or Text Secure all provide you with messaging capabilities that are way cheaper than SMS. They use data to transfer the messages, and since they do not require lots of data if you only send text, are most of the time the better option when it comes to sending messages to another person.


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  1. Daniel said on December 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Hi lunigma,

    Thanks for adding to my post, I’ll be sure to look into it!

  2. sarana said on December 2, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Since I have no cell phone, I’ve been using this service for quite some time.

  3. lunigma said on December 2, 2007 at 4:57 am

    You can send SMS message using AIM by IMing the phone number. The number has to be in this format: “+13235555555”. Plus sign followed by a 1 and areacode. They can even text you back.


    You can send text using your email address. A sprint number would look like this: “[email protected]

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