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I've been wanting to play with SMS and M2M using a micro controller. There are a plethora of how to articles and sample code. Not what I'm after.

Does anybody have recommendations for service providers that are somewhat affordable? I haven't been able to untangle my searches for a provider from all the big cell service providers that are trying to bundle this with data and voice.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Roger

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For intermittent usage I use Tracfone with customer service via neighborhood Radio Shack.
http://www.tracfone.com/text_msg/index.jsp

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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gchapman wrote:
For intermittent usage I use Tracfone with customer service via neighborhood Radio Shack.
http://www.tracfone.com/text_msg/index.jsp

Is that for M2M or are you just using a Tracfone phone?

If the phone, can you use the SIM from a Tracfone phone in another device? Are the SIMs standard?

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These are the guys I am looking at http://aussiesms.com.au/index.php
10cents ($AUS?) per SMS when you buy $20 ($AUS?) worth.

For an alarm system hopefully it would last a lifetime. Maybe, the free trial (5 SMS) would be enough for me.

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Chuck99 wrote:
Is that for M2M or are you just using a Tracfone phone?

If the phone, can you use the SIM from a Tracfone phone in another device? Are the SIMs standard?

Phone only and haven't tried that SIM on a mobile phone module.

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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For an alarm system
It may take a minute or a day or longer for SMS to be received at times. ie xmas, valentine day etc.

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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John,

Thank you for the "heads-up". With my current cellphone provider text messages can take up to several days to work their way from a remote site. As I will be going to another provider I was just hoping that the service might be better. Also, this (latency) doesn't seem to be an issue back in the city. I will investigate further before spending the money.

It seems that QOS is an unknown term when it comes to text messages.

Dave

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gchapman, thanks.

I think Tracfone may do the trick. It looks like all I need is one of their SIM cards, a $10 a month plan and I should be OK. I will probably get the phone too as then it will be easier to track usage and make sure I still have a good SIM card as testing goes on.

Besides, it's been a long time since I've been to a Radio Shack.

Roger

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Part (SIM) of section 12 of the Tracfone T.O.S. may be a problem for this usage.
PCS may be an alternative; I have not tried this.
May be able to find a nearby PCS vendor.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Communications_Service

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Here is some information I found that may be useful.

TracFone will not work. They lock their phones and SIM cards to each other. I may try hacking one of their $10 phones though.

Rayco Wireless is a possible provider for M2M and other services. I also found the website for Verizon M2M services. Both have prices that are quite affordable.

Another approach for some of this is using a Droid smart phone and tying it into this type of service (not just SMS). There is a downside in that once it is used for this it can't be used as a normal phone. I have no details as to why.

Roger

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polecat wrote:
Another approach for some of this is using a Droid smart phone and ...
Both Atmel and FTDI have Android support.
Atmel AVR4960: USB Host Android Accessory (AVR32 UC3)
FTDI Android

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polecat wrote:
I also found the website for Verizon M2M services. Both have prices that are quite affordable.

Would you provide the link to the Verizon site that gives prices?

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polecat wrote:
TracFone will not work. They lock their phones and SIM cards to each other. I may try hacking one of their $10 phones though.
Some of what's on my TracFone LG420G (an older feature phone):
Software version = LG420GHL_V10f
Memory = 10MB + 3MB
Java
SIM = 174KB
Call = BT answer mode, etc.
BT answer mode = Hands-free, Handset.
Bluetooth profiles = object push, file transfer, handsfree, headset, serial port (SPP), basic printing.

BT SPP could be used MCU to/from phone but don't know how to get the phone to auto-send an SMS message.
Might be easier to call the phone then go through the Bluetooth profiles.
Previous feature phone was a Motorola Razor; it had Java.
Might be possible to use a feature phone's Java to extend its functionality though likely easier to use Android's telephony API.

M2M - if industrial usage then a mobile phone module would be a better fit.

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller