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Create a Bookmark to ScoutPal Using Text Messaging

(Text Messaging is sometimes called SMS or Instant Messaging)
 


Summary:

On many phones it is possible to place a bookmark to ScoutPal in their Text Messaging (SMS) inbox.

The instructions below include specific information on how to do this for a Boost Mobile phone, but the general procedures may used with many other phones that operate on other cellular carrier networks.

What you need to do is this:

  1. Find your phone's incoming "email" address.  [Learn More]
    (On a Boost Mobile phone, it will be the full phone number plus '@myboostmobile.com'.  For example, if your Boost Mobile cell phone number is (366) 555-0123, then your phone's email address is 3665550123@myboostmobile.com.)
     
  2. Go to your computer's email program and send your phone a text message that has a ScoutPal "www" login bookmark URL in the subject and body of the email.  (For example, http://www.scoutpal.com/wap/?id-password, where "id" is your ScoutPal login ID, and "password" is your ScoutPal login password.  [Learn More]
     
  3. Receive the message on your cell phone, then open it up and you should see a "live" login web link contained inside the message.  [Learn More]
     
  4. "Lock" or otherwise preserve the message so that you can use it again and again, each time you need to start using ScoutPal on the phone.  [Learn More]

Below are these steps, with more details.  (They are tailored for Boost Mobile phones, but the generalized procedures may be used with many other phones.)

Details:

  1. Find your phone's text messaging incoming "email" address:

    It will typically be "phonenumber@cellcompany.com", where "phonenumber" is your cell phone's 10 digit phone number, and where "cellcompany.com" is something specific to your cellular carrier.  Refer to this website for examples of address formats for various major cellular carriers.

    For example, the Boost Mobile address for the cell phone number (366) 555-0123 would be:  3665550123@myboostmobile.com.  (Of course, you will put your cell number in the address, with area code, no spaces or dashes, just the 10 digit phone number.)

    If you can't figure out your phone's address, simply send a text message addressed to your normal computer email address.  You will then be able to see your phone's return address in the "from" line of the email.  It may take a bit of fidgeting with keys and commands on your phone to convince it to allow you to enter a "send to" email address, instead of a phone number.

    How to do this on a Boost Mobile phone:

    • Press the menu key. (An illustration of the menu key on an old-style "Flip" phone.)
    • Scroll to "Messages" and press OK.  (Press More if you don't see it at first.)
    • Press OK on [Create Msg]
    • Press any number to begin entering something on the "To:" line.
    • Press Delete to remove the number you just entered.
    • Press Menu and scroll up to select Alpha mode.
    • You can now enter letters.
    • Press Menu again if you need to shift entry modes, such as shifting to Symbols in order to enter "@", although you can get most symbols in alpha mode by repeatedly pressing the "1" key.
    • Once you have your email address entered, press OK and send the message.  It doesn't matter what you say in the message, these steps are simply a way for you to be able to see your phone's "from" address on your computer.

       
  2. Send your phone a text message with a ScoutPal login website address:

    Go to your computer, and using your basic, ordinary email program, send an email to your phone's text messaging email address. (See  step 1.)  Simply put a full ScoutPal "www" login bookmark URL in the email subject and/or body, nothing else.   Important:  With most phones, you will need to send one of the "www" login URL's in order for the phone to recognize it as a website address.  For example, send the following: http://www.scoutpal.com/wap/?myID-myPW    (Of course, by now you have read enough about all this stuff to know that you will replace "myID" and "myPW" with your ScoutPal ID and password.)

    (Amazingly, you can also do Step 2 & 3 simply by sending a text message from your phone, right back to your phone!  However, you will probably find it quite tedious to compose a login URL using the phone's tiny little keypad.  It's usually much easier to compose and send the message from your computer.)

     

  3. Receive the message on the cell phone, then open it up and you should see a "live" login web link contained inside the message.

    How to do this on a Boost Mobile phone:

    1. Press the menu key.
    2. Scroll to "Messages" and press OK.  (Press More if you don't see it at first.)
    3. Scroll to "Inbox" and press OK.
    4. If you don't see the message, exit the Messaging program and wait a while longer for it to arrive.
    5. Open the message, and you will see the login link.  Press OK to activate the link.

     

  4. "Lock" or otherwise preserve the message so that you can use it again and again, each time you need to start using ScoutPal on the phone.

    How to do this on a Boost Mobile phone:

    1. Go back to "Messages", per step 3, and open the Inbox.
    2. Scroll to the message to highlight it.
    3. Press the menu key.
    4. Scroll to "Lock Message and press OK.

 

 

 

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