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joel
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Posted on Saturday, October 08, 2005 - 02:59 pm:   

Hi, how does it work if i want to have a personal sms-blog? is there any way that i can send a SMS to my webpage?

/Joel
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 5112
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:59 pm:   

Hi Joel,

If your mobile operator has an SMS to e-mail service (pretty standard in the USA, but not so standard elsewhere), then you could send your SMS messages to an e-mail address, and have a web application that received these e-mail messages, and posted them to your web page.

However, I don't have any recommendations on specific tools for doing this.

Otherwise, without the e-mail link, you need to be able to send your SMS messages to a phone number that will receive them.

That phone number could be associated with a SIM card installed in a GSM modem.

What is a GSM Modem?

A GSM modem is a specialized type of modem which accepts a SIM card, and operates over a subscription to a mobile operator, just like a mobile phone. From the mobile operator perspective, a GSM modem looks just like a mobile phone.

However, a GSM modem exposes an interface that allows applications such as NowSMS to send and receive messages over the modem interface. The mobile operator charges for this message sending and receiving as if it was performed directly on a mobile phone.

GSM modems can be a quick and efficient way to get started with SMS, because a special subscription to an SMS service provider is not required. In most parts of the world, GSM modems are a cost effective solution for receiving SMS messages, because the sender is paying for the message delivery.

While there are specialized GSM modem devices, such as the Siemens MC35 Terminal, or various devices from Wavecom, many mobile phones also have inbuilt GSM modem capability. Capabilities vary by mobile phone, but different mobile phones have options to connect to a PC as a GSM modem using a serial or USB cable, or using Bluetooth or infrared technologies.

A partial list of GSM modems that have been tried with NowSMS can be found at the following link: http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/4218.html

NowSMS is probably overkill for your application. But basically, with NowSMS, you can configure it to receive messages via a GSM modem, and then issue an HTTP request each time an SMS message is received ... forwarding the content of the SMS message in the HTTP request. So you could have an HTTP script on your web server that accepts these HTTP requests from the NowSMS server, and the script then updates the web page (or database behind the web page) to add the latest comments.

-bn

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