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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:32 am    Post subject: HOWTO: Send Free SMS txts from your shell (UK ONLY) Reply with quote

AIM
The Aim of this Howto is to show how UK gentoo users can get free sms txts from your shell.

Background
I dont send many sms messages, but when i do, im mostly in front of my machine. There are lots of free sms sites and m$ utils like icq, but they can be slow or a pain in the butt to use. http://www.118888.co.uk/ offers 10 free messages a day, to uk numbers and the txts seem to get delivered quite fast. This method could be used with other providers by getting a different sms template file.

Required
net-misc/smssend
Free account on 118888
118.sms file

INSTALL

1) Install smssend
Code:
emerge smssend


2) Save the 118.sms file to /usr/share/smssend
Code:

cd /usr/share/smssend
wget http://steeev.f2o.org/sms/118.sms


DONE

You can now send a sms using
Code:

smssend 118.sms <username> <password> <mobile number> "<message>"



OPTIONAL EXTRAS
3) Create a quick script to send a sms. Paste the following code into /usr/bin/local/sms.sh and edit the username and password fields

(This can be adapted to use any sms file you prefer)
Code:

#!/bin/bash
#
# Quick script to send a free txt via smssend and 118

USERNAME="user@email.com"
PASSWORD="password"

#read info
echo -n "Phone Number : "
read -e PHONE

echo -n "MSG : "
read -e MSG

smssend 118.sms $USERNAME $PASSWORD  $PHONE "$MSG"


Dont forget to make it executable :)

Code:
chmod 555 /usr/bin/local/sms.sh
(to give everyone access)

Then whenever you want to send a txt, just type sms.sh into your shell.

Hope this helps someone else.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this its very handy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2005 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heya,
i'm trying to use smssend with the orangeuk provider but i keep getting "login failed"

Anybody using this successfully?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most wireless providers provide an email <-> SMS gateway. By simply sending an email to the wireless#@gateway.provider.net, you can usually get one through. You can Google for the various gateway and address formats.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Verizon Wireless (large US provider) has a free email-sms service. Go to vtext.com to sign-up, it's free.

You can then email your phone like this: 'nickname'@vtext.com and have it forwarded to your phone. You can then integrate this however you want with email-based messaging systems.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in the uk, have found a few options but have made do with a simple "email alert" feature which orange offer.
This allows filters to be set so that emails containng key words will cause an sms to be sent to yr phone.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice tip, fast to install worked first time.

Saved me loads of time . Thx 8)
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well when I said "worked" I mean the script worked a treat , login OK and got a msg sent succesfully.

No-one's actually got a msg yet :?

Correction , they got through a bit after.

Do you know any good UK sms to email gateways?

Cheers. 8)
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2005 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome. Worked as quick as sending it off my phone, but with extra geek factor 8)

Cheers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice tip - works nicely from here (1st txt has just arrived as I type).

I've had exactly no luck with the orange script either. Don't s'pose anyone's figured it out?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can these 118 people be trusted not to share your phone number with anyone else? Or the phone numbers of the people you're texting? I couldn't find a privacy policy...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody still using this? If so, where are you signed up to for sending free online SMS?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bummer , they've discontinued the free service.

I now get a 404 if try to send. :cry:

Anyone finding a new link pls post.
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2006 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no one ever find any other sites / modd the .sms file to use with any other sites ?
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