Gmail notification of email via text?

I have searched Gmail to see if there is a way to receive a text notification when I receive email. Can't find anything.  I usually rely on an AOL account to send me a text but for some reason it has stopped today.  I would think if AOL offered it, it would be a snap for Gmail to do.

I find a text is handy in case I am away from Wi-fi or have my data turned off.   I have a business email account connected to my website that usually forwards my emails to the AOL account which up till today, worked fine but I could also have those emails forwarded to my Gmail account if they offered a text notification.

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  • update:

    I was told from a friend, that I could have my mail service forward a text to my cell phone's SMS email address.  I sent a help request to Ting about this. Does anyone here know the address? 

    I was told It would be something along the lines of: 

    my-10-digit-phone-number@messaging.my-carrier.com

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  • Using xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com works. I use that for monitoring services.

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  • Z,

     Would that send my email to my phone via text?  Does that work for Ting? (SprintPCS.com)  

    What would it do with formatting?  Usually there may be some graphics etc. 

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  • Mike

    Email forwarded to SMS with using the messaging.sprintpcs.com doesn't come across very cleanly and it only does the 160 character or whatever it is. It doesn't split across multiple texts. No graphics. 

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  • There was an address for MMS but it could have been 10 years ago that I used it. number@pm.sprintpcs.com 

    These do work with Ting. I use it for monitoring equipment and so my requirements are quite controlled. I only need to make sure the subject is recognizable. I also use it for important emails. If you set up a filter in your email client for specific email addresses and then forward those to SMS you at least know who has emailed you and the subject. You can then decide if you need to respond. 

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  • Hi guys,

    We don't have a way to send email notifications to text, but you can set up your email account so that mail is forwarded to NUMBER@message.ting.com if you would like to receive the emails themselves as texts! (Here's the link to the Google settings to set your Ting phone number as a forwarding address: https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=10957)

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  • Katie, I tried that with Gmail. I followed the instructions to the point I sent a verification to xxxxxxxxxx@message.ting.com.   I didn't receive it on my phone (text)  The instructions says I need to click on the verification link in the "email" to continue the process of setting it up.   Am I missing something?

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  • PS: I also tried that address in another email service and I didn't receive a text either. That one didn't require a verification process.

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  • Mike

    A DNS lookup for message.ting.com doesn't return an IP address so that information may not be right. 

    I would just do a simple forward for a message or two to see whether it is going to be useful. 

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  • Mike

    The messaging.sprintpcs,com works. Whatever the Ting.com address is will actually point to the the sprintpcs one.  

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  • message.ting.com. 1200 IN MX mx.messaging.sprintpcs.com. (0)

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  • Zarthan,

    that didn't seem to work either.  I also tried emailing a message to that address the normal way. No text was sent either.

    Also, I'm not sure what your last message meant.

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  • Update-

    I received an email from Ting which was the same information that Zarthan had posted:

    "To have e-mails sent to your phone as texts use the following address:

    10digitphonenumber@message.ting.com

    If that gives you any issues you can also use:

    10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com"

    I tried again this morning, to send an email to both the addresses. Neither came through however.  I also noticed that they weren't returned to me as "undeliverable."  I did send one last night to:

    phonenumber@mx.messaging.sprintpcs.com just as an experiment.  It did bounce back to me.

    I am able to receive other texts, in fact AOL's system  seems to be working again today and I received an alert from them that I had email. (their system was down yesterday, so that's why I was trying to find a backup system)

    When I receive another suggestion from Ting, I'll post again.

    Thanks to all.

     

     

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  • Mike

    Yesterday as were were going through this I set up a generic forward all email to  10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com We went out shopping and I am just so pleased I didn't set my my generic email forward with the same notification as my monitoring notification; the Klaxon Horn. I was working all evening and through until about 4PM this afternoon. Yesterday when I did a couple of forwards message.ting.com it took a couple of hours to arrive but once the first went through a second and third went in a few minutes. The messages to messaging.sprintpcs.com always went quickly.

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  • You might like  ifttt  https://ifttt.com/

    IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:

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  • When I looked at this a few months ago it certainly looked intriguing but there are way too many potential security issues. Considering how many highly secure sites are hacked these days, a young startup doesn't have a chance. In my opinion there are just too many ways this could be misused if someone should get into your account. Once you have granted IFTTT access to your GMail, Twitter, Facebook,or any of the other services, someone could easily do things like clean out your bank account. I may not be able to log into your bank account or your email account but if I can get the bank to send me a password reset email and you have an existing recipe to forward an email from your account I could edit the forwarded email to me.  

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  • Yes Robin! I had forgotten about IFTTT. I set up a recipe, so that if I get an email from a certain person I will get a text with the from email address and subject line. Thanks. Thumbs up for that answer

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