Published on December 17th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti32
Review Of SMS Email Service From Telenor
Telenor has launched a new service for email users. I think this will work for those who don’t use smart phones but are comfortable with technology and who usually send/receive relatively short e-mail messages.
Telenor’s SMSemail service is a new mobile e-mail solution that supports all popular e-mail accounts (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, any other POP mailbox). All mobile phones are supported and you don’t have to install anything on your phone! All new e-mails will be pushed to your phone instantly as e-mail alerts; you can read these e-mails in detail and reply to them immediately! You can access this service via website, SMS or the WAP browser on your handset!
A reader sent me a review of this service.
This is something I have been waiting for a long time, and before switching to Telenor from Mobilink, I was using the Mobilink email2sms service which almost does the same thing but is not that easy to configure and use.
The charges are Rs. 30 + tax for 1500 e-mail alerts and a 30 day subscription to SMSemail service. But what Telenor ignored to mention is that you don’t receive the complete email, it is truncated and to receive the complete email you have to send a SMS reply which counts as an international SMS for some reason (I tried two times but did not get my complete email). For activating the service you logon to the website http://www.telenor.com.pk/smsemail and specify and give details of the email account you want to use for this service, there cannot be more than 5 email accounts which in my opinion is pretty decent. You have to specify the email service which you are using e.g. Hotmail, Gmail etc. and you have to give your login/password. You will receive a SMS soon after you get new email in that account.
To get around International SMS charges, I received the alert and then instead of replying “1” to get the complete email using SMS service, tried to pop the email directly from the email server by using my mobile. But for some reason I was not able to do that and as soon as I disabled the same account for the SMSEmail service I was able to pop the new email from the same account again. The easiest way around this (for Gmail users) is to forward the emails from your primary account to another account and use that account to pop the emails.