Email on Non-internet Phone

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Introduction: Email on Non-internet Phone

Ever seen those cool phones with the internet? Yeah I thought so. Ever wish you had one? Now you can I have a Nokia 1600 (very basic phone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_1600) with net 10 prepaid, yet I still can acess my emails, or even get free ($0.00 + 0%tax) instant alerts when I get an email.

Step 1: Determine Email Address

Most phone companies have a dedicated email address for each phone that automatically forwards to your text messages (sms). All you need to do is determine that email.

For example mine is 10digphone#@cingularme.com where 10digphone# is replaced with your phone number.

Others include
T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
Net 10: phonenumber@cingularme.com

where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number

If yours is not listed a quick google should do it.

Step 2: Set Up Your Email

I'm sure there is a way to do this with other email services, but only my Gmail is important enough for me to go to my phone.

Log into your email and go to settings (top right corner for gmail)
Go to pop and forwarding
Enter your email account
Save changes

Step 3: Test It Out

Log out and back in to your mail
Send yourself an email to make sure it worked. (to your gmail)
Your phone will ring/vibrate/selfdestruct/killyou
If you are cheap like me, you go to your computer, check your email and delete the message on your phone. This way you don't get charged anything, but you know when you get an email.

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you can also have your phone alert you via picture messages(if you can get them).
And an easy way to find out your cell's "email-address" is to send a text/pic text to your email!
Picture texts are generally longer(1,000 characters), as well as e-mails(which are infinite)! =]

Optus?  Australia?

for that net10 email address, is it tested , working ? I just signed up for a net10 phone, but was told not support email to sms.

do have to add the ( - ) you no like 123-456-7890 or does have to be 1234567890

Since cingular is no more, the correct addresss would be your-number @txt.att.net

The odd thing is that it still works with the cingular adress