April 01, 2005
Doing E-Mail on Your Cell Phone
Don't have a BlackBerry or Treo, but just a regular cell phone? Want to do mobile e-mail on the cheap? Try this and see if it works with your particular phone and cell provider:
Send an e-mail from your e-mail program to your SMS text messaging-enabled phone:
1) Go to "How To Address A Message To Other Wireless Devices", and bookmark it.
Once you receive it, reply to it on your phone.
So, what just happened? E-mail services talked to SMS text messaging services, and vice versa. In essence, your message went through an SMS-to-e-mail gateway. So folks can e-mail your cell phone using their regular e-mail program, and you can reply back. This is great if they don't have text messaging enabled on their phone, don't have a cell phone, don't know how to text message, or don't know the URL for your carrier's web-based "Send text message" feature.
The catch? Yes, there are several that come to mind:
On some phones, you can save e-mail addresses. So you can be the originator and send them e-mail directly from your phone. By the way, if your phone has some type of predictive text entry option, such as T9 or iTap, try using it. It saves a ton of time because you only have to press each phone key once per letter. There are a few tricks to using predictive text entry, and so it's worth perusing your phone's manual.
Topic(s): Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard