If you send a text that requires a reply, you'll receive the reply in email form to the email address(es) you designate as your Notification Email address. You do not incur a fee for a reply sent to you, so your texting credit isn't reduced.
The notification email address is assigned from Gear (icon) > Settings > General > Text Messages (left menu) > Options > Notification Emails.
This notification email address should not be changed back and forth between different email addresses, it should remain the same for all text messages you send. This is because it is linked to your texting number, it is not linked to the specific text messages you send. For example, if you send a text message with your notification email address set to email@example.com and then you change the notification email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, ALL text replies after this change are directed to email@example.com because it is now the designated notification email address. No more text replies will be received at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the reply email is opened on your smart phone using your smart phone's email app, you can click on a link to quickly and easily reply back via text message.
You send the text and the customer replies to the text:
The reply text message is received by email with basic details about the sender:
When that email is opened on your smartphone using the smartphone's email app (not your email provider's app), you can click on the telephone number link in the body of the email (not the link in the subject line) to open the compose text message screen enabling you to respond to their text reply via text message.
This text reply will be sent from your personal smartphone number - not your organization's text number.