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Friday, May 1, 2015

How To Keep In Touch With Loved Ones During Disasters

#5: Access Internet without the Internet Yes, you can actually do that just by using your phone. And it`s quite easy, too. An article on NBC News shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step: You can still use Google even if all you have is SMS access. Just add 466453 (GOOGLE) to your phonebook, then text to it as if you’re searching. 

Here’s something you may not have known about your phone number: It has an e-mail address. Almost every carrier operates what’s called an e-mail gateway, meaning that you can send and receive e-mails via text. Here’s how to figure out your phone’s e-mail address: 

If you’re on Verizon, it’s yournumber@vtext.com (as in 5551234567@vtext.com), or if that doesn’t work, yournumber@vzwpix.com 

If you’re on AT&T, it’s yournumber@txt.att.net, or if that doesn’t work yournumber@mms.att.net 

If you’re on Sprint, it’s yournumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com If you’re on T-Mobile, it’s yournumber@tmomail.net 

(For other carriers, or to troubleshoot yours, check here.) 

Now, to receive your e-mail via SMS, you’ll need to forward it to your gateway address: Most e-mail services offer this for free in the settings page. 

Here’s how to do it in Gmail, for example. You’ll have to turn this on before you lose Internet access. So, like, now. If this doesn’t work, and in my experience it may not, depending on your carrier and e-mail provider, you can try an automated forwarding service such as TXTJet. 

To send e-mails via text, you can usually just enter an e-mail address instead of a phone number. These same e-mail gateways work in reverse, meaning you can either respond directly to messages forwarded through the gateway or send a new message by entering “email_address@whatever.com” in the recipient box in your texting app. 

This works on many older phones, too, though typing out email addresses on a T9 keypad will be a chore. It’s not the most graceful process, but it works. 
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