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[Jun. 12th, 2008|03:32 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Someone tell me about SMS gateways. If I want to have a server somewhere with some kind of program that I've written processing text messages that are sent to some number or other, where do I start. Assuming I want to write all the programmes myself, presumably there are companies that will provide me with that number, and then there's an API I can use to pick the messages up and do what I want with them after that? Would that cost loads of money though? At this stage I just want to play with it, and see what can be done? Where's a good place to start reading about it?
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From: alnya
2008-06-12 02:38 pm (UTC)
I've used Click-a-tell before (http://www.clickatell.com) for some simple messaging (automate sending text message, handling text message received). It was pretty simple to set up, and they are very cheap (by the message).
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From: alnya
2008-06-12 02:39 pm (UTC)
I should say they offer a variety of APIs - HTTP, XML, FTP and SMTP - so whatever's your poison.
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[User Picture]From: perfectlyvague
2008-06-12 02:50 pm (UTC)
I dunno, but we need similar functionality for something we want to do with treasure hunts.
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[User Picture]From: rjw1
2008-06-12 09:42 pm (UTC)
http://kapow.co.uk
http://aql.com
http://www.sybase.com/mobileservices who were mobile365 when i used them.
http://www.mxtelecom.com/uk/

or you can of course hook up a mobile phone to a server and do things directly.

nokia did/do a device which can be wall mounted.
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[User Picture]From: demiabeille
2008-06-13 08:43 am (UTC)
The one we use at work is www.liquiddrop.com

I don't know much about the design, but it seems that you actually e-mail the message, and it texts it for you? At least, we have a service alerts system that is setup to send to @liquiddrop.com with the body of the message. This means it can send me a mail at the same time as a text. I imagine a system like that would be really easy to script.

It seems pretty cheap, but maybe we have a special deal. It looks like it's something like 3p a message. You just top it up with credit when you need more.
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