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Why force yourself to continuously check your email, when you can have important emails sent right to you via text message!
An unlimited SMS plan (or be willing to pay per message)
Every phone is assigned an email address through your carrier. If you're on AT&T, it's email@example.com. On Verizon it's firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check with your carrier for the correct email address.
Create a filter in your email account. In Gmail, choose Settings / Mail Settings / Filters
Choose how you want to filter: by email address or subject line are two really good options.
Verify your phone number - you'll get a code via text. This is to avoid spam.
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