Want to get Free Alerts of new Emails coming to your Gmail account via SMS? Here are 3 tricks for this!
- Trick #1: Go to Settings > Forwarding > Enable Forwarding and enter the target email address like : xyz@Mailbucket.org. Now, go to Google SMS Channel > Create a new SMS Channel and make it PRIVATE. In the Source option, enter the RSS feed URL : mailbucket.org/xyz.xml and you are done!
If you are interested in getting alerts for some specific emails only, create a filter and then opt for forwarding. Note that xyz in xyz@Mailbucket.org should be unique (viz; it’s not already in use by someone else). The shortcoming of this hack : You lose your privacy. MailBucket.org converts emails into RSS/XML feeds (Read More) and hence, anyone who can guess or know your MailBucket Feed URL can read your all mails!
- Trick #2 : Burn your Gmail Atom Feeds (https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom) using FeedBurner. As it is a secured feed, you must enter the feed URL with your username and password (Feedburner will guide you about this). Now, you can follow the Trick #1 with the FeedBurner’s feed URL. Again, be clever while assigning the URL, keep it tough to guess like : feeds.feedburner.com/qwebnutop09.
You can try to assign the Source RSS in SMS Channel directly as Gmail Atom feed with your Username & password, this is safe as you don’t need to publish the public feeds of your mails. But, this trick didn’t work for me :(
- Trick #3 : The above two tricks are mean for only Indian Users as Google SMS Channel is open only for Indian mobile users. But, this trick is for everyone : Using Twitter. (UK?). Just Create a new Twitter account and set the status of updates as “Protected” (hence, updates don’t appear in a public timeline). Now subscribe to your Gmail Atom feed using FeedBlitz and become mutual friends and ON the device updates.
The limitation of this trick : Twitter sends just 250 alerts per week and hence, you are limited to this. Moreover, Twitter is n’t faithful for device updates too. But, this way seems to be most secured, as none can read your mails. If you want to get alerts for some specific emails only, then add a filter/label and opt for the feeds of only that label. This can be done by subscribing to URL : https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom/label/ . See here for more about this.
These tricks are quite tricky :) and working! Enjoy free alerts on the cost of privacy. Would you? Well, I use trick #1, whenever I am n’t accessing my mails via GPRS.