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I have this requirement in which I need to communicate with a mobile phone user via his SMS. I do not have the capability to use a mobile phone (at least sometimes) and this other user does not have the capability to use E-mail (at least sometimes). So I need the capability to send an SMS from my PC (which could be E-mail, as I have that capability all the time) that the other user will get as an SMS, and then he can reply to that, and it comes back to me somehow.
I suppose that me having a virtual phone would work, but I think I saw someone wanting $30/month for this, which sounds beyond outrageous. I am not against paying a little, but of course, nothing beats the price of free.
it's possible to connect a phone to a PC as [a GSM modem] and use AT commands to send and read messages
...or there are some API's that make it a lot less painful.
means need only plug a phone into he PC and off you go. ... or perhaps a cheap/older phone and a prepaid sim that charges based on per message / per call (ideally with longest possible credit expiry).
I did something like that many years ago for a vehicle tracking app. had units for the vehicles that sent GPS co-ords via SMS periodically or whenever it started/stopped moving then plugged a Nokia dumb phone into a PC to receive the messages. ... in case you ask sorry but I've not got any of the source anymore, lost >10 years and 2 countries ago
- also was back in XP days so likely more painful to adapt than write from scratch.