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Skype Hacks by Andrew Sheppard

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Hack #95. Send Email and SMS Notification of New Voicemail

Don't let Skype voicemail languish, unheard for hours or perhaps even days. Get timely notifications of newly arrived Skype voicemail by automatically sending an email/SMS message to your handheld or mobile phone.

Works with: Windows and Mac OS X versions of Skype.

If you move around a lot with a handheld device that has email but doesn't run Skype (for example, a Palm PDA), or if you carry a Short Message Service (SMS)-enabled phone, you can get timely notification of the arrival of new Skype voicemail using the following scripts. Once you receive notification, go to the nearest machine running Skype, log on, and you'll be able to listen to your newly arrived voicemail.

Warning

When you log onto Skype on a machine that is not your own, Skype downloads new voicemail and other files to that machine's hard disk. These files are not encrypted, so you might want to delete them safely before leaving the borrowed machine (see "Erase a Skype User Account" [Hack #98] ).

The scripts work just as well for mobile phones. Most mobile phones with SMS have an email gateway so that any short email message sent to the gateway is converted into an SMS message and is forwarded to your phone. For example, sending an email to one of these email gateways will deliver an SMS message to the mobile phone with the number specified (PhoneNumber):

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