I have this urgent need to read my emails as soon as they land on my inbox. I realize it’s counter- productive and very distracting, however there is just something about it … You know that feeling, don’t you? :-)
Anyways, here I would like to go over 4 different ways to forward, access and reply to your emails directly from your mobile handset. In other words, staying connected to your Inbox whenever you’re on the go.
Each method works slightly different and depending on your needs you may choose one over the others. However no matter which application you choose it’s totally free (in some cases carrier data fees may apply).
Push is basically an email client for mobile phone, in a way it’s something like Outlook for Windows. Push enables user to send/receive emails, view/save attachments, customize inbox appearance and more.
- Send/Receive emails from up to 5 email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, any POP3 or IMAP4 account).
- View attachments (Text, HTML, PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, GIF, JPG/JPEG and BMP.)
- Use dialpad keys as navigation shortcuts.
- Highly customizable: themes, backgrounds, email notifications, wallpapers, etc.
- To use Push you need to have a data plan. This also means that your carrier may charge you for the data usage.
- Doesn’t work on all phone models.
Unlike Push, Teleflip is not meant to offer full email packgage, it’s basically a service that ensures you get important emails as soon as they land in your inbox. It allows you to specify what emails you want to be notified about and forwards them to your phone as text messages.
- Receive and Reply to emails as text messages.
- No downloads, No special phone, No software to install.
- Specify what type of emails to forward to mobile.
- No data plan required.
- Currently available only in US and Canada.
- Teleflip forwards emails as text messages so there is a big chance it may not be able to forward attachments. As I am based in Denmark, I wasn’t able to test this so I am leaving it to you. Please let us know in comments.
Flurry is quite similar to Push, maybe less flexible when it comes to visual customization but has couple of additional features: 1. Offers options to subscribe and follow-up on favorite blogs. 2. Before sending an email to your mobile Flurry also compacts it to ensure quicker (and less expensive) data transfer.
- Send/ Receive email from multiple email accounts.
- View email attachments.
- Text message notifications for new emails.
- Import your email contacts to Flurry.
- FeedReader: Subscribe to news and follow-up on favorite blogs.
- You need to have a data plan.
- Your emails are stored on Flurry’s servers (see image below).
How Flurry works:
(4) Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
In case you prefer to forward all (or some) emails to your mobile but don’t want to involve any third party services this one is for you. All you need to do is simply go to your email account and create a custom ‘forward to’ filter that will take incoming email and forward it to the email address of your mobile phone. That’s right, each mobile number has a corresponding email address. Everything sent to this address comes to your mobile as a text message.
The main challenge here is to find out the email address that corresponds to your phone. For instance, if you have a Verizon phone than your phone’s email should be ‘email@example.com.’ To locate the email address for your phone check out extensive carrier list at email-unlimited.com