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Discussion in 'Programming' started by Weirfire, Nov 1, 2004.

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    Does anyone have any idea how you could go about sending automated text messages from a web page? Is there a company that you can link up with to provide this service?
     
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  2. T0PS3O

    T0PS3O Feel Good PLC

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    I know there were PHP hacks around to use the various free online SMS services but wouldn't be able to mention names or details since I can't remember.

    (Very helpful hey? :) )
     
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  3. Weirfire

    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    lol TOPS

    It's certainly an idea. You could use the free O2 texts but would probably be very hard to implement especially for a PHP novice like myself :)
     
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    T0PS3O Feel Good PLC

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    I did look up services myself one day but you need to pre buy tons of texts... Not economical for the occasional 'your website didn't ping' text.

    What is your plan with texting? Some reporting thing for yourself or a public service?
     
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  5. Weirfire

    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    A possible client is talking about a business venture through some kind of football game site. I reckon it might be something like guessing scores etc. If it's proper gambling then I won't be doing it.

    I won't be involved with sites to do with gambling, adult material, alcohol, cigarrettes etc etc. It just sucks that there is so much money in it.
     
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    T0PS3O Feel Good PLC

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    Good on you, sticking to your morals; I like that.

    Have you tried hotscript.com to see for that functionality? I'm sure it will require paying etc. but I'm sure there's something out there.
     
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    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    I'll have a look. It's an interesting subject. I reckon it will be something fairly popular soon enough.

    Are you sure it wasn't hotscripts.com with the extra s on the end. hotscript.com doesnt seem to load.
     
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    dkalweit Well-Known Member

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    How about using the SMTP/Email gateways used by many Cell Phone providers? Here in the US, I can send messages to cell phones by Emailing addresses such as , , , , and . I'm betting they have similar Email gateways for non-US providers...


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  9. Weirfire

    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    Thanks,

    I'll have a look into it.

    I assume you have to pay the same cost of a text?
     
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    dkalweit Well-Known Member

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    Sending the Email is free; receiving is dependent on the cellphone provider.


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  11. Weirfire

    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    Does the message automatically come up on peoples phones?

    I'm looking for a service which is non restrictive and will work for anyone who has a mobile phone.
     
    Weirfire, Nov 2, 2004 IP
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    No, that e-mail texting depends on providers. It's not the same as direct sms.

    Basically, if you send 10.000 to one person, he/she will get a nasty bill too. That has to be specifically opt-in IMO.
     
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    dkalweit Well-Known Member

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    Here's a list that may help to find the SMS Email addresses for the popular cell phone providers. There's a link on the page to a more comprehensive list with even more providers, including international ones.

    Cell Phone Provider SMS Email Addresses
     
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  14. Weirfire

    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    I've decided not to take the job. While it isn't directly a gambling site they are creating, it's a site that promotes gambling.

    Believe me, it's a lot harder to actually turn down business because of morals than it is to say you'd turn down business. :(
     
    Weirfire, Nov 4, 2004 IP
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    john_loch Rodent Slayer

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    Hi Weirfire,

    I've done extensive work with SMS integration. In fact, I assisted with the odd provider or two when rolling out coverage for Australian networks (for testing purposes), and I'm actually in the process of integrating SMS support for one of my clients right now.

    If you need to do this in the future (and yes, you'll have to pay, it's just a matter of pricing and redundancy (gateways)), the following co is your best option. They also provide all the code and multiprotocal support you'll need, and have been the cheapest/reliable that I'm aware of for at least three years now.

    Clickatell

    Alternatively, if you need a provider that has serious redundancy/anti congestion support (ie 24 gateways), try smsXchange

    Anyone interested in SMS integration should bookmark Clickatell - it took me a while (several years ago) to identify a suitable provider in this regard and I'm happy to recommend them.

    --------------------

    Wouldn't it be nice to receive notification of key events where SEO is concerned ! - Hey Shawn, can you put this in place so when I reach a weighting of 1,000,000 I get notified by SMS ? :D

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    Cheers,

    JL
     
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    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    Thanks that's great research.

    You dont even pay for any software... only the text messages. :cool:
     
    Weirfire, Nov 5, 2004 IP
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    Weirfire Language Translation Company

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    Thanks wwh

    More of these companies would be great if you know any.

    I have a project idea I'd like to try out next year.
     
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    Weir,

    I use the email feature to send a message to my cell phone from my site.

    If you check out my site and click on the E-Page the network admin pager icon.

    You can see the app i built in perl that simply emails a message to my phone.

    I know this was brought up earlier in the thread I just wanted to mention that in Canada the provider I use BELL CANADA allows the receipt of all SMS messages to be free.

    After all you can't really control who sends you a message and if they charge you to receive the message then what happens if someone spam’s you to no end?

    Anyway.... I like the little app I wrote. It allows my clients to contact me quickly and leave a phone number where I may be able to reach them :)
     
    Daniel, Nov 22, 2004 IP
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    Nice work Daniel! :)

    Weir - I'm looking at SMS technology myself, to see how I can implement this within our website. i.e. holidaymakers contacting property owners regarding booking their holiday home.

    Let me know what you find out and I'll do likewise!

    Darren :)
     
    DarrenC, Nov 22, 2004 IP