Someone holding a phone and sending a text

Text messaging is also known as texting or SMS (short message service) and is a way of sending short electronic messages.

These messages are usually sent from one mobile phone to another.

Most basic mobile phones can send and receive texts.  However, many smartphones have much more advanced options. This can include sending and receiving photographs and short videos.

Text alerts

Texts alerts are automatic messages delivered to your device to remind you about appointments, to alert you to something or for entertainment purposes. These can include medical appointments, banking information or news reports.

Text alerts are often free, but make sure you read the terms and conditions before signing up in case you incur a charge.

Anything else?

When abroad you can still send text messages, however costs vary so it is advisable to contact your service provider.