I want to send sSMS periodically to certain Mobile numbers (Indian mobile numbers.) Is there a way I can send an SMS with my own cellphone number or by creating an account on a site like way2sms?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about finding an external service, not about U&L – Jeff Schaller Dec 24 '16 at 15:00
  • A shell script can do anything you want -- or can -- so either an email or a curl call, but beyond that is outside this site's scope. – Jeff Schaller Dec 24 '16 at 15:05

This question hasn't much to do with Linux, but many providers also allow you to send a SMS to a mobile number via email, e.g. to send a SMS to 555-1234 you would send an email message to 5551234@smsgateway.provider.com or similar. In this case on Linux you can achieve what you want via the command

mail 5551234@smsgateway.provider.com < sms.txt
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    I'm glad your answer was added before the question was closed. It was my impression that this Unix & Linux site included using the shell scripting functions for normal computer tasks. The function, in this case, is the "mail" command which you provided. Hope the powers-that-be will reopen the question so that this resolution can remain easy to find. I'm upvoting this invaluable command you provided. – L. D. James Jul 23 '18 at 14:12

Yes, but you need an SMS Gateway account. Specific details on using the gateway are available on the providers sites.

Here's an example:

curl http://textbelt.com/text -d number=5551551555 -d "message=hello from OSXDaily.com"


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  • This answer would be more useful if you could verify that this method worked in India, and also specified a workable provider for this service. I'm also in India, and am somewhat interested in such a service. – Faheem Mitha May 16 '15 at 9:18
  • @FaheemMitha ehm, I am not so sure. The OP is not responsible for checking if the method works everywhere. – sitilge Dec 24 '16 at 0:21
  • Everywhere? The question specifies India. – Faheem Mitha Dec 24 '16 at 14:38

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