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Hi,

Currently i am exploring with vb.net and this past few days i have been wondering if there is a way of making an SMS application that will not require expensive GPRS/GSM Modem.

Is there anyone here who has an idea about this, probably an internet broadband can be used but i do not really know if that is possible. I have been also thinking to use websites that are offering free sms services. but the problem here is that i can't automate this because somehow they have managed to use captcha to protect their services against BOT abuse or 3rd part software manipulation.

I am very curious if there is a better way to use an alternative for me not to invest in expensive modems just to explore and improve my knowledge in vb.

Thanks for your time reading this.
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Updated 18-May-12 8:57am
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If you want to sent SMS messages, I would recommend Twilio. It is a paid service once you use it in production but you can get a test account to play with until you get an app that works the way you want it to. They have great documentation and a great API to work with. I was able to get a C# application up and running in about half an hour. Here is a link to their REST API:

http://www.twilio.com/docs/api/rest[^]

Once you want to use it in production, it will cost one cent a text. That scales really well, since the customer pays only for what they use.

If you want a truly free option, the only real alternative I see is sending an email to the phone's email address (for example 1234567890@txt.att.net). You need to know the carrier the phone uses, since each carrier has their own format, and the text won't be as clean, but it will send a text to the phone. Then you can just use the basic email libraries built into .NET.
 
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JMAM 18-May-12 23:33pm    
Hi i have visited your site but i think they do not support visual basic .net do you have any other sites that you know
Tim Corey 21-May-12 9:20am    
They support C#, so you can just convert their examples to VB.NET. If I get a chance, I might be able to convert my demo application for you.

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