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Q: What device/carrier should I use for mobile e-mail? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: What device/carrier should I use for mobile e-mail?
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: cschuck26-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 14 Nov 2006 11:11 PST
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Question ID: 782696
I'm interested in getting and sending e-mail while away from the
office, and would appreciate advice on which devices/services to
consider. Right now I have an ordinary cell phone from Sprint. My
e-mail usage wouldn't be heavy (maybe reading 10-15 messages a day and
writing a couple of short replies). Many thanks; I appreciate the
Subject: Re: What device/carrier should I use for mobile e-mail?
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 14 Nov 2006 13:50 PST

The simplest way would be to keep the device you have, rather
than obtaining another one. To that end, most cell phones have
email addresses already, as noted on this page from TinyWords:

" first need to make sure your phone is capable of receiving
 text messages [SMS], and that your cellular service provider
 offers text messaging. In the U.S., you may have to pay a small
 extra charge for this service.

 Once you know you can receive text messages, you need to find
 out what your cell phone's email address is. Yes, your phone
 has an email address! When someone sends a message to this
 address, it will get turned into an SMS message and it will
 appear on your phone, often within seconds after it was sent."

TinyWords also has a table for different phone companies, telling
you how to figure out the email address for your phone:

For Sprint, they provide a link to further information on the
SMS411 website:

"Got a Sprint PCS cell phone? Here's what you need to know about
 using SMS text messaging with your mobile.

- Maximum message length: 160 characters, including the sender's
  email address, subject line, and callback number
- What happens to longer messages: Everything after 160 characters
  will be cut off and discarded.
- Cost per message: $0.10 per message sent and received. Sprint
  also offers bulk text messaging plans: $5 monthly for 100
  messages/month, $8 monthly for 500 messages/month, and $15
  monthly for unlimited text messaging.
- For more information: Sprint PCS Text Messaging:
- Sending email to a Sprint phone: Use the address format
  [10-digit phone number]
  Example: "

Another service, which takes that numerical address and changes
it to something easier to remember, is MyCell:

"Trade in that hard to remember Email address for a MyCell
 address of your choice!: "

They currently offer this service for free, to new members.

Yet another option is to obtain a phone that has access to
the internet (if yours doesn't already), and then obtain a
free web-based email account such as gmail provides. You
can then use your phone to access the gmail website and
read emails of any size, along with attachments. The email
remains on Google's servers, so you can also access it at
home or at the office, and you currently will have 2,784MB
of storage space. Yes, that's 2.784GB!

Gmail's mobile service:

Another option would be to obtain a PDA, or Personal Digital
Assistant, which offers all the functionality of a small
computer, as noted on the Wikipedia site:

"Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld devices that
 were originally designed as personal organisers, but became
 much more versatile over the years. PDAs have many uses:
 calculating, use as a clock and calendar, playing computer
 games, accessing the Internet, sending and receiving e-mail,
 use as a radio or stereo, video recording, recording notes,
 use as an address book, GPS and use as a spreadsheet. Newer
 PDAs also have both color screens and audio capabilities,
 enabling them to be used as mobile phones (smartphone), web
 browsers or media players. Many PDAs can access the Internet,
 intranets or extranets via Wi-Fi, or Wireless Wide-Area Networks
 (WWANs). One of the most significant PDA characteristic is the
 presence of a touch screen."

If your PDA has internet access, you can use a web-based
Gmail or other free account, as with the cell phone.

A currently popular PDA is the Blackberry:

Those are the handheld devices which would allow you to send
and receive email. The next step would be a laptop computer
with wireless internet access.

If anything is unclear, or if you have questions, please post
a Request for Clarification before rating this answer.


Additional information may be found from an exploration of
the links resulting from the Google searches outlined below.

Searches done, via Google:

"cell OR mobile phone" email

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