Introduction: Email on Non-internet Phone

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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 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 where 10digphone# is replaced with your phone number.

Others include
Virgin Mobile:
Net 10:

where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number

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

Step 2: Set Up Your Email

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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

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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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Thanks and good luck sticking it to the man!


Void Schism (author)2010-03-12 seems like a good listing

Kimasutra (author)2010-02-11

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)! =]

imkwl12345 (author)2009-07-13

Telstra? Australia?

Lance Mt. (author)imkwl123452009-10-11

Optus?  Australia?

shane91025 (author)2009-09-15


justindude (author)2009-08-23

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.

jovenhatsjr (author)2009-06-03

this doesn't work for me

jerryhs24 (author)2009-04-20

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

lotusduck (author)2008-11-10

Since cingular is no more, the correct addresss would be your-number

LinuxH4x0r (author)lotusduck2008-11-10

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

spadgeletov (author)2008-11-10

Er, Can you tell me whether this can work in china?

bruno13069 (author)2008-11-04

I have a Tracfone with a V-text email address. I use it to send myself reminders when I'm at work.

Broom (author)2008-05-15

Thanks, LinuxH4x0r! My Verizon XV7600 received texts from these sources: ("works for everything") These did not work for my Verizon: (phonenumber) ("verizon actually works better if its..." - nope) ("works for everything" - nope) FYI. ************** Now, does anyone know a free/low-cost way to send email via phone calls? Attachments, anyone? Don't want to pay Verizon the damned $70/month for a privilege I use once a month!

Broom (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-06-02

Thanks! It works!

jangchuplingshar (author)2008-05-23

Can somebody do a favour to let me knw for VODAFONE INDIA!! I am searching in google but failed.. thank u inadvance!

plyalex1994 (author)2008-05-19

Does Anyone Know what telstra is. its Australian

kiwi_soccer_maniac (author)2008-04-29

Hey, nice instructable
I live in New Zealand and my mobile provider is telecom, Any ideas on my dedicated email address (if there is one). I've looked on and can't see it there. Thanks


I'll look. How many digits is your phone number? 10, 11, or 12? I know that some telecom providers don't have this service, but try anyways

It has 021 or 027 depending on your provider then 7 unique digits so 10 then. Thanks KSM

wokwithme (author)2008-04-03

I believe Net10 and Tracfone could receive messages for free but not all Cellular carriers are so. I think Verizon does charge and Att doesn't. Just check you service agreement.

LinuxH4x0r (author)wokwithme2008-04-03

Good point! It all depends on your service.

onlyonebowman (author)2008-03-06

what about uscellular

LinuxH4x0r (author)onlyonebowman2008-03-06 works for everything or

schimmi (author)2008-02-23

verizon actually works better if its (phonenumber)

LinuxH4x0r (author)schimmi2008-02-23


damurdock (author)2007-09-28

For Verizon

LinuxH4x0r (author)damurdock2007-09-29

verizon also has if that doesn't work. Good Luck

schimmi (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-23

verizon actually works better if its (phonenumber)

J50Nunlimited (author)2008-01-31

Very nice! I flipped through the web to see if my friend's TW mobile would work, but I couldn't find anything. Please help. Here's a link that I think might be useful (it's the company's site)

LinuxH4x0r (author)J50Nunlimited2008-02-01

Sorry, I don't know. Do you know for Iran?

J50Nunlimited (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-04

Nope, sorry. If people know how to get the ones for Verizon/Sprint/ etc...(if we know how to get them), then we might as well know how to get the ones we want.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-09-28

Does anybody know if irtci in iran (mokhaberat) has one. Also does anybody know the message center for outgoing emails from your phone. (or fax) Thanks

electronicfreak22 (author)2007-09-28

This is pretty cool but I don't know the email address for telus phones (canada). Does anyone know it or know what to search for on google? Thanx

You will be charged 10 cents if you open it, even though you get free cell to cell incoming. Just look at who it's from and delete it without opening.

Try this Good Luck

LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-09-28 this site has most of them

Kevvixx (author)2007-09-28

that worked great i actually have an internet enabled phone but i don't pay for the internet, thus i can't use it, and this showed up on my text messages. thanks alot!

LasVegas (author)2007-09-28

Sprint charges nothing extra for email/voicemail. You can even go to the Sprint website and setup a better account name than your cell number. BTW: If you receive an alert that you've received mail, it's already been downloaded to your phone's memory (on most phones) and if you're going to be charged, it's already happened. Text messaging is another thing. Don't ever give your cell number to anyone that might join a local band! :)

skids927 (author)LasVegas2007-09-28

Prepaid doesn't for this reason.

icehanger (author)2007-09-28

How do you think they will not charge it for not opening the mail. I think sprint charges for each voice or mail received. Did you checked your bill after the Gigg. --ice

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