[PLUG] Looking for a Simple Way to Send SMS to a Group

nathan w nathan at nathanewilliams.com
Mon Jun 6 21:10:26 PDT 2011

On 06/06/2011 07:05 PM, nathan w wrote:
> Maybe a quick php script to send mail to the sms gateway for the phone providers? I can send sms msgs from email via 5038675309 at sms.sprint.com... most other phone carriers offer the same service, u just have to research what the sms gateway is, and know the carrier for each number in your group.
> ----- Reply message -----
> From: "Mark Phillips"<mark at phillipsmarketing.biz>
> Date: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 4:48 pm
> Subject: [PLUG] Looking for a Simple Way to Send SMS to a Group
> To: "Portland Linux Users Group"<plug at lists.pdxlinux.org>
> I have a club softball team, and we are going to nationals at the end of
> June. We communicate very well using an email list, but when we are on the
> road not everyone has access to email. I am looking for a simple way to
> A. allow a member to send a broadcast SMS to everyone in the group. Not all
> members have Internet services on their phone, so email is not an option.
> B. allow a member to send an sms to a subset of the group, or an individual
> member of the group.
> I thought of this scenario, but it seems rather clumsy:
> For A:
> 1. Use a google voice phone number as the broadcast number
> 2. have google voice send the sms message to an email address
> 3. have a python script forward the email via each carrier's email to sms
> email address
> For B:
> 4. modify the python script to look for a tag in the sms body (e.g.
> "to:sammy"), and the just send the sms message to sammy, not the whole group
> I am sure there is a better way to do this. I only need this capability for
> 10 days, so I really don't want to spend a lot of money on it. My users are
> not technically savvy, so signing up for a twitter account is probably more
> effort than they want to expend. If I give them a phone number and say "Send
> text messages to this number", they will probably do it.
> Thanks for any suggestions you may have!
> Mark
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sorry... i just re-read this from my computer instead of the phone and 
realized that my suggestion was essentially what you described. i did 
some testing though, and this phone at least will let me send an sms msg 
to an email address and it delivers fine, showing as coming from 
[myphonenumber]@messaging.sprintpcs.com. you might be able to cut out 
the google voice step from your proposed process if folks can send 
directly to an email. not sure if my phone/carrier is an exception in 
allowing this, but it could simplify things if it's common to your group.


nathan w

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