I’ve been asked about a dozen or so times in the past week if you can check your email using your Kindle. The short answer is yes, you can – it all depends upon your service provider!
I think it’s great for the “gotta have it” times when I am not next to my desktop, laptop, Droid, or cell phone (in other words, I have WAY too many devices) and I want to read my email; I really don’t like it at all to try and send emails that consist of more than five or so words – to me, the keyboard is a little too small for those type of activities.
With your free web access on the Kindle, why pay for an iPhone or a Blackberry just for email when you can access your email account for free from the Kindle? With the web browser in your Kindle on, here’s how you do it with some of the major free email providers (you can bookmark each of these sites in your Kindle’s web browser):
Point your Kindle’s web browser to http://m.gmail.com – use this specific link as it is specifically formatted for mobile devices; the regular Google email link will time out / bomb on you. You will need to click on the links to login and enter your user name and password. From there, you will see your Inbox and other items (sent mail, trash mail, etc.).
Point your Kindle’s web browser to http://mobile.yahoo.com/mail – use this specific link, just like Google’s instructions above. You will need to hit the login link and enter your username and password.
Hotmail (also known as Windows Live email)
Point your Kindle’s web browser to http://mobile.live.com and select the hotmail link near the top of the screen.
Obviously, there are many other email providers out there. If yours is not one of the three above, why not check with your email provider for their mobile devices / PDA webmail link? Most major email providers have one (although your workplace may not due to security reasons), and I’d be willing to bet once you have the website address it should be a snap!
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