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Woot! I've just received an SMS from Google Calendar reminding me of an event due in an hour. The greatest part? I'm in Israel. Who would have thought Google would support this feature for a market as small as Israel?

Here's a list of carriers supported by Google Calendar: "Which mobile providers does Google Calendar support?".

Currently 2 of Israel's cellular carriers are supported: Orange and Cellcom. Who's missing from the list? Pelephone of course. That company always ends up last in the race to adopt new technologies. I really should cancel my old subscription with them.

How to setup event notifications by SMS on Google Calendar then? Here's the step by step:

  1. Log into Google Calendar. Click 'Settings' then click 'Notifications'.
  2. The bottom section of the page is titled 'Notify me on my cell phone:'. There you choose your country and enter your phone number (no need for the international prefix).
  3. Now click the 'Send Verification Code' button. An SMS will be sent to the phone number you've entered, containing a verification code.
  4. Enter the verification code and click the 'Finish Setup' button. You're almost done.
  5. Now you can return to the top of the page where it says 'Choose how you would like to be notified:' and check the SMS checkbox next to where it says 'Event Reminders'

Enjoy!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:47 AM | Back to top


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