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HOW TO send an email via SMS (works in India)

Like IFTTT Recipes, the txtWeb platform owned by Intuit, lets anyone build free (at least for now) SMS-based apps for India. There are apps not only to check a rail ticket's PNR statusspot current location of a trainknow weather forecast for a specified city but also to send an email via text message.

According to txtWeb's privacy policy, the company "may share your information with third parties that help us in our business processes"..though not "for their own purposes". If you are concerned about the privacy of your mobile number and your email address, it may be better not to use your official ones.

According to the txtWeb forum, the mobile number to send the SMS to, 9243342 000, is a Bangalore number. A poster on that thread has provided alternate mobile numbers for various States so that the text messages may be treated as a local SMS and have a lower charge. I don't know if they do work.

Update (11/Aug/2014): txtWeb will now work only with the number 51115 and according to info on their home page the number is valid on Idea, Tata Docomo, Airtel, Vodafone (upto Rs 1/SMS)

Also see: HOW TO track Indian Stock Exchanges (BSE, NSE) via SMS

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