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Does anyone know how to get notified by SMS for free when a new mail message has been received in the inbox. I am using a script which notifies to my Gmail account if one of my websites are slow or down. During night or off time I could not check my mails and I'm wondering if I could get notified by SMS(ONLY FILTERED MAILS) for FREE when I receive a mail. I know the site and felt it difficult to configure. If anybody using any method or site for this, please let me know.


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using the gmail filter approach is great, but it sends the ENTIRE email message- when the sms message length is exceeded, my carrier, Sprint, rejects it and it doesn't work.. Any way to just send the subject line and first part of the body ? – user90970 Aug 9 '11 at 3:59
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Why not configure your GMail account to forward a copy of the specific messages (based on the sender) to the email address of your phone.

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Or alternatively have your monitoring system email your phone directly, either in lieu of or in addition to the message to your gmail account. – voretaq7 Mar 29 '11 at 19:24
NO idea how to do this! – user53864 Mar 30 '11 at 0:57
I know setting forwarder but to phone, don't know how. – user53864 Mar 30 '11 at 0:58
Every cell phone has an email address. It's normally in the format: For instance, if Verizon is your carrier and your phone number is 555-555-5555 then your phone's email address is: You just need to find out what the email domain for your phone is and set up a forward in Gmail. – joeqwerty Mar 30 '11 at 1:11
I'm finding difficult to find out my phones carrier domain. Mine is TATA gsm phone-India. – user53864 Mar 30 '11 at 2:42

I'm using googlecl for Nagios notifications. I add an "event" to my calendar with at HH:MM am/pm with HH and MM set to +2 minutes from current time and get an SMS with short event description in 1 minute before the "event" begins.

May be it is possible to configure you e-mail checing daemon to execute a script if a filtered mail is in the indox.

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Unfortunately it costs money to send smses. Unless your mobile phone provider has the Email to SMS feature builtin (Ex: then you'll have to pay for that service with a third party.

I'm currently building a service called gmail2sms but it will cost you a few cents for each SMS (since an SMS relay charges for it). This should be ready in about 2 weeks, let me know if you would be interested in using it.

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gmail2sms is redirecting to under construction page. I'll have to try after some days – user53864 Mar 30 '11 at 2:43

Here is a way of obtaining SMS alert from using Google Calendar

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