Ever been out and realize you forgot to email an important client? Ever had a great idea for an instructable while you were walking down the street, but you didn't have any paper? Ever wish you could receive your email on you phone? You can do all that and more, with FREE services, and you don't even need a fancy phone. These all work on any phone that can text message and place calls. These were all done on my Nokia 1600, which is only a $15 phone! These are by no means fancy phones, but they are enough for us.
Step 1: Send Email
Using a free service called Teleflip we can send emails from text messages for free!
All you need to do is
1-Compose a new text message
2-put the email address, the a space, then your message
3-send to 33715
An example would look like...
Linuxh4x0r@instructables.com Hi, linux, have you heard of teleflip? Its a free service that lets you send emails from your phone!
It should look something like that.
You may be charged by your phone company for text messages.
For more details look here
Step 2: Recieve Email
You can also receive email on your phone via SMS (text message).
Look at this instructable for further details
1-Go into your email and under your settings there should be a spot for forwarding all mail to a different address
2-Use one of the addresses listed below, except with your phone number
Virgin Mobile: email@example.com
Net 10: firstname.lastname@example.org
3-send yourself an email to confirm it is right
4-When you do get an email go to your phone's inbox, but don't open the message if you are near a computer. If you aren't you can open it and read it
Step 3: Take Notes
Using a service called Jott, you can take voice notes, and receive them as text. This is a great way to compose emails or to write instructables.
You can find out more about it here
1-Go to jott.com and sign up for a free account.
2-Call 1-866-568-8123 (1-866-JOTT-123)
3-when asked "who to Jott" "me" or "myself"
4-After the tone start talking
5-Go to jott.com and login
6-Click on the message
7-Now you can copy it into your email or into an instructable
Step 4: Grand Central
Grand central is a service that lets you use one phone number to ring all of your phones.
It is free, but you need to be invited.
You can also use it at home to make free long distance calls
Step 5: Google SMS
Google SMS is a free service that lets you get directions, weather, flight info and much more using SMS (text messaging)
1-Compose a new text message
2- Using one of the prefixes below to search ("w 87507" for weather in Santa Fe, NM)
"w" and then zip code or city for weather
"define" and then a word for a glossary
"Score" and then a team for sports
"movies" and then zip code for new movies
"stock" and then a stock code (tgt for target, etc)
zip code for the corresponding city name
"directions" (directions 87507 to 2175 Monarch St., Alameda, California)
"flight" then flight number
"area code" then number (area code 651)
"price" then product for froogle results
"translate" word in language
"web" for google results
3-Send it to "GOOGLE" (466453)
4-Wait for them to reply back (usually within 30 seconds)
These are just a few examples
To make it easier I keep a full list of these in my wallet
Your phone carrier may charge for text messages
Step 6: Goog411
1-Call 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)
2-Say where you are
3-Say a business name or categorie
4-It will connect you to them, or say "Details" for more info
Step 7: Thats All Folks!
Well, thats it.
If you use these, please leave some feedback about them. I have tried all of these, but you may have come across glitches that I have not.