Does sending a text to your phone this way treat the text as a text or an email.
My cell phone does not have a data plan, so I can not check emails.
I do however have a text messaging plan.
Which way will the message be sent?
Speacking purely from an AT&T customer stand point:
I coin an email to myself and send it to: <my 10-digits>@txt.att.net
I then receive the message (in 160 char chunks) on my phone as a regular SMS message(s).
*Standard text messenging fees apply. Not available in all areas. 😉
My first thought when I read text messages and mobile phones is SMS messages sent with a GSM-modem, so I am a bit suppriced when that possibility has not been mentioned yet - especially when you mentioned in your first post that you want to send a message to any phone.
A GSM modem and SIM card will cost you ~250$, so that might be out of your budget. (*?)
However - with a GSM modem connected you can use your serial port and labview's VISA functions to send "AT-commands" to it, and those commands allow you to control the modem just like a mobile phone. Sending SMS-messages would be the mobile-phone function youre after 🙂
(*A cheaper way could be to connect a cheap regular mobile phone to your computer trough i.e. bluetooth or USB cable. Most mainbrand phones support AT-commands, but if your budget allows it I would recomend a proper GSM modem)
Ok here's a bad idea for several reasons, but the cheapest if it works.
There are several websites that claim they allow you to send free text messages, here's a couple I found
You could use ActiveX and have a browser window which sent out the text automatically. I think some have Captcha built in but some don't.
But then you are relying an someone elses website to be up, during the critical moment of needing to send out a message. And you're sending personal information on an unsecured website.
Well I ran my VI and spammed by brothers phone to test it.
I used ##########@vtext.com <---- verizon phone number.
He got the text, but he has a blackberry with a data plan (so he can get emails).
When I tried the exact same VI to my phone, without a data plan, I did not get the email.
Should I be using the SMTP email functions? Or are these only for emails?