Today, another Matt asks:
Hey Matt, I love Gmail, and love the Gmail notifier as well… is there any way to get a text alert on your phone? That would be AWESOME if Gmail could do that. Would save me time from checking my email from a random computer or my phone.
Believe it or not, you can forward a copy of your Gmail to most typical SMS enabled mobile phones. How? First, you will need to contact your mobile carrier and find out what your SMS to email address is. Be aware most mobile reps will have little to no idea what the heck you are talking about, so you will want to ask for “your_phone_number@yourcarrier’s_domain_name.com”. For AT&T Wireless users, this would be firstname.lastname@example.org – Sprint, email@example.com. You get the general idea.
In Gmail, just set it up to forward a “copy” of your new messages to that “email” address – it’s that simple.
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