command line sms tool

Mark Haney mhaney at
Wed Feb 20 18:20:29 UTC 2008

Pete Huckelba wrote:
> Andrew Kelly wrote:
>> 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 Half an hour of googl'ing has brought me only outdated,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.
>> Help much appreciated.
>> Andy

> ATT/Cingular: phonenumber at
> T-Mobile: phonenumber at
> Virgin Mobile: phonenumber at
> Sprint: phonenumber at
> Verizon: phonenumber at
> Nextel: phonenumber at
> where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number
> Try something like:
> echo "my sms message" | mutt 1234567890 at
> -Pete

Nah it's really even easier than that (at least for Verizon).  Use mail 
to send a message like 'mail -s "Subject" <number> < 

This will get you a text with a certain subject line and will include 
the contents of somefilehere.txt into the text message.  That's exactly 
how we monitor every single device we have in the company I work for and 
it works just fine.  I will say Verizon's text delivery can be spotty, 
but that might just be because I live in the ass end of nowhere in NC.

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Mark Haney
Sr. Systems Administrator
ERC Broadband
(828) 350-2415

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