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 firstname.lastname@example.org where 10digphone# is replaced with your phone number.
Virgin Mobile: email@example.com
Net 10: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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Thanks and good luck sticking it to the man!