The i85s is expandable with the J2ME loadable programs. One of the outstanding features is the ability to auto-mute based on events in its Calendar. This saves considerable embarrassment since I typically have the ringer volume maxed out, which is not good for school! I can just set an “appointment” for the duration of each school day so that I can surreptitiously get messages and perhaps send someone their first text message in reply.
Receive emails via SMS
So the “hack” for sending/receiving email without paying $10/month for Nextel Mobile Email is to use the text messaging via
messaging.nextel.com Email-SMS gateway.
What you need on your end is an email forwarding program, you can setup Outlook 97/98/2000 for example to forward email to
email@example.com based on rules.
Other email clients like Eudora should be able to do this, or perhaps your email service can do this on the server side so that you don’t need to keep your desktop on, burning electricity 24/7/365.
So the email receipt chain goes
Sender → your email server → POP3/IMAP/Exchange → Outlook → messaging.nextel.com → SMS → Nextel phone
Filter auto-forwarded emails
The next step to avoid excessive emails forwarded to your phone is to filter based on
Just filtering the
To: field usually filters out email lists and some spam.
From: line allows you to keep only emails from boss, existing clients, family, etc.
Send emails via SMS
The way I do it, email recipients see
firstname.lastname@example.org as my email address, which is fine since I’m the only one they get such mobile emails from typically.
The T9 text entry allows me to make reasonably verbose emails while on the go.
The email sending chain goes
Nextel phone → SMS → messaging.nextel.com → their email server