Activate GMAIL & Yahoo Mail Alert in Mobile
All of us need to check our mails on the go.
It is easy for those who have push mail enabled phones & can afford push mail services or those who have got 24 hour connected gprs which checks the mail at a regular interval of time.

However both of the above options are not feasible for those who cannot afford much or if someone does not have a gprs enabled phone.
Even if you can afford 24 hour gprs on, the battery drains much faster.
It means push mail is the best option. But what if one is not a business person & want this service for own interest. Then there is no need to buy a Blackberry & afford huge bills for push mails.

There is a way to get free alerts on your phone with sender & subject name mentioned in the sms, whenever you get a new email.
This is not an alternative to push mail but it keeps you informed whenever you get a new mail, with information of the sender & the subject.
Now we are going to set up our free sms mail alerts.
First of all, we need to look for a free online sms sending service which also provides email feature. This type of service will surely provide sms alerts for the mails for free.
Way2sms is such a service providing free sms alerts for the new incoming mail.

Lets start it all: -
STEP 1: Just log on to & register for an account. May be you have one.
STEP 2: Then log in to your account. You will encounter a lot of advertisements as the site is heavily loaded with them. Just ignore them (to get something for free, it’s not a big amount).
STEP 3: Now look at the top right pane of the dashboard. Click on Mail.

STEP 4: In the mail section, on the left sidebar, click on Mail alerts. Here you can activate the mail alerts so that whenever a mail reaches your inbox, you will instantly get a sms

  • click on settings & then click on 'FORWARDING/POP/IMAP' option
  • Select 'Forward a copy of incoming mail to" option & Enter your Way2SMS Email ID there.

  • Gmail sends a verification code to
  • Check your Gmail confirmation code from adjacent Inbox tab  Or You will receive gmail confirmation mail alert on your mobile with subject line containing confirmation code.
  • Copy and paste the verification code in Gmail verification box.Click On Verfy.
  • Finished. You will now receive alerts for every incoming mail that arrives in your gmail id( You can filter alerts by  choosing which emails you want to alert, and when you want to receive them ).

In way2sms, when you activate mail alerts, they are activated for a period of 14 days, after which you have to activate it again. I dont think its a big issue because only two times a month, you need to do this. Also, even if you go for a vacation, 14 days is a long time for the need to again activate the mail alerts.

Now, let you have an email account You want to get the mail alerts for this mail address. Not to worry. Just forward your mails to the way2sms mail account you just created & you are done. Each time you get an email in your account, it gets forwarded to your way2sms account & you get an sms alert with the senders name & subject.

When we forward mails from one account to other, the senders name is retained in the mail, i.e. the mail reaching your way2sms account will not have as sender, but the original sender.

In Gmail, Yahoo & others, you may find the Mail Forwarding option in the settings.
Just go to settings, forward all your mails to your way2sms mail account & you are done. Please check the address carefully if you don’t want your mails forwarded to a wrong mail address.

So, not to feel technologically backward while you are between Blackberry holders, now you have your own Desi Blackberry, even in a simple black n white mobile phone. This makes you surely a geek.

Note: This service is currently for Indian subscribers as way2sms supports only Indian Mobile Networks at the moment. However if you are from some other country, you may have your country specific counterpart of way2sms.
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