Hello! First post and hopefully soon to be Public Mobile user!
I am a real estate agent and depend heavily on my brokerage office's email to text service to get alerts and timely updates on my business. I am currently with Rogers and paying about 70-80 dollars and getting sick of being ripped off. I barely used over 500mbs of data a month so Public Mobile seems perfect for me! I'm going to be calling Rogers and fighting with retention to see how much they can drop my bill but I'm pretty certain they won't be able to come close to the PM price point.
But this is the one last thing that is worrying me. I really need to be certain my office will be able to send me alerts via email to text! There's one other thread here about this but it seemed some people were having trouble so can I please get some kind of confirmation? Thanks!
Bonus noob question if anyone's read this far: Porting. I'm obviously need to port my number. The threads discussing this say it takes all but a few minutes. Having asked this of other providers in the past they said it could take up to a week or two.. is PM really going to port my number the same day I request it?
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So do you get emails and you want faster notifcation, hence sending a text? What I find that works for all email accounts I have setup with almost instant email push notifications is https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/outlook-com/mobile/. This will eliminate the need to send text message as you'll get the email within seconds of it being sent to you.
I just went through porting on Sunday and it was almost instant, but I had the wrong PIN from my old account. If you provide correct info it happens really fast. From reading the comments it seems like it's between a few minutes to a few hours - just make sure you have correct info when filling out port form.
Hi @polish_jr, welcome to the Public Mobile communtiy! Are you talking about someone emailing you at your phone number @ rogers.com or something like that? Like, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or something similar?
If that's what you're after, then yes you can. You can have emails sent to your phone number @ msg.telus.com, such as firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be delivered to your phone via SMS. To be sure, I just sent myself a quick test and it delivered immediately and had both my subject and body included.
Guri... you're kind of blowing my mind right now... I never once thought to just tell them to put my email address into that software instead of my number! Thanks! I think that solves everything! Can't wait to go tell Rogers to go stuff themselves!
Just make sure the app you're using supports push notifications for the email address you have them send it to. I.e. the default Apple iOS Mail client it doesn't support push notifications for Gmail, best you can do is get the email within 15 minutes if you have it set to check every 15 minutes, but it uses up more battery that way. With Microsoft Outlook I get instant notificaiton for Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Hotmail. I think the Gmail app for iOS also supports push notification for Gmail too.
The normal Realtor packages used by big brokerages (eg Remax) can send the "page" (txt) even if you are not on data
Data is preferable though as alot more info can be passed along
Oh and isn't it so much easier than the old days (anyone else remember paying extra for BES access?)
Most cellular providers will complete port in same day assuming you gave the correct info
@polish_jr When porting the key to quick success is to fill in any required fields accurately. For cell phones expect it to take up to a few hours; for landlines several days. DO NOT cancel your Rogers account; when the port completes that account will close and you will be sent a final bill.
Since this is your business number, I suggest you consider the cautious approach in my post: Cautious Activation
If you plan to use a phone acquired from Rogers it MUST be unlocked before it will work on PM's network.
Yep, email to texting works great with Public Mobile using your phone number. Here is an example such as email@example.com
The interesting thing is the phone number that the cel phone indicates where this text originated from will actually be (999)9999999. The good news is that your email address, subject of your email and contents of your email message will appear in the text message.
Hi @polish_jr@, welcome to the Public Mobile communtiy! Are you talking about someone emailing you at your phone number @ rogers.com or something like that? Like, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or something similar?
@If that's what you're after, then yes you can. You can have emails sent to your phone number @ msg.telus.com, such as firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be delivered to your phone via SMS. To be sure, I just sent myself a quick test and it delivered immediately and had both my subject and body included.
That is cool, I did not know we could do that. Awesome!!!