command line sms tool

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at
Wed Feb 20 15:33:46 UTC 2008

Andrew Kelly wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-02-20 at 14:34 +0100, Manuel Arostegui Ramirez wrote:
>> El Miércoles, 20 de Febrero de 2008 14:29, Andrew Kelly escribió:
>>> Hi y'all,
>>> can any of you recommend a command-line tool for sending an SMS to a
>>> cell phone? Half an hour of googl'ing has brought me only outdated,
>>> half-finished or modem dependant stuff of little or no value.
>> I've used gnokii to send sms by using a cell phone plugged in a serial port.
>> Try it.
>> Manuel.
> Hi Manuel, thanks for that tip. Unfortunately, it's not something that
> I'll be able to use. This is something I'll be running on remote
> machines, that most certainly don't have a cell attached to them. 
> In a nutshell, the problem is this: My boss is too cheap to provide a
> pager server, and my cell phone service provider cannot offer me the
> possibility of accepting e-mail on my cell. Basically, all I want to do
> is be notified on my cell by any of my servers, should certain
> conditions arise. Since I can't send an e-mail to my phone, I'd like to
> send and SMS. And I need to be able to script the action, ergo
> command-line.

However, since most Telcos make their money on SMS the sending party pays. 
So, unless your cell phone company has an email gateway to SMS or you can 
use a pay as you go service there is no simply way.  You got to pay to play.

A paranoid is a man who knows a little of what's going on.
		-- William S. Burroughs

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