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I'm trying to find a way to receive notifications on my iPhone when certain people email me to my gmail account.

I don't want to use SMS. Is it possible to configure iMessage to receive emails?

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Either set up your Gmail account using Mail or try the Google's official Gmail client. Both use iOS's built in notification system. SMS and iMessage are entirely different protocols and do not support IMAP or POP3 (the protocols used for Mail).

As for parsing the notifications for only certain emails, I'm not sure that's at all possible if you'd still like to receive notifications for other emails too.

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thanks. I can use gmail filters to forward certain emails to another email. I guess I'll have to setup a second gmail account where I forward important emails and then use that account for notifications only – MotoTribe Nov 20 '11 at 2:58
up vote 1 down vote accepted

for reference, Boxcar does exactly what I was looking for and this video has great instructions on how to do the forwarding.

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