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Does anyone know if there's a free way to do the following on gmail:

Send a test message (SMS) to a specified mobile number whenever a new email arrives. I'm not bothered if the SMS doesn't contain any part of the email, would just like a notification that an email has arrived so the laptop can be booted to check.

This is for my parents who have a very low-traffic account, usually go days without even looking at their laptop and don't have a smartphone, tablet or any other instant-on device (so checking is a bit of a chore).

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Your use case seems to be ideal for If This Then That (IFTTT).

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that.

So you could set up an IFTTT trigger which will send an SMS every time there's a new email. To make it easier for you, there's existing recipe. The recipe will send you an SMS containing the message:

Gmail :: {{FromAddress}} :: {{Subject}}

Just signup for IFTTT, head over to this recipe and click on Use This Recipe.

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That looks great, does it work with any UK mobile provider? – SteB Sep 29 '12 at 9:50
@SteB it should - I'm not in the UK so can't tell you for sure – Sathya Sep 29 '12 at 11:53
Just tried that and it works a treat, thanks. – SteB Sep 29 '12 at 19:25
@SteB glad to hear, Cheers :) – Sathya Sep 29 '12 at 19:33
Great answer! I was trying to remember what this site was called, for my own purposes as well! – ComputerLocus Oct 5 '12 at 19:16

hey the best way to get the SMS alerts for new email in your Gmail account is to use WeekWill.com.

It works very fast and it sends out SMS text message to your mobile number whenever you get email in your inbox.

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Looks like a very promising (& customizable) service, unfortunately I'm looking for a free service because of the low volume of email notifications. – SteB Mar 26 '13 at 10:36

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