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So i had an idea today of a business to start. starting small as a free service, and if popularity is shown expand it.

for this to be able to work succesfully, i would need to be able to send text messages to a database of phone numbers.

is this at all possible to do for free? like not paying some company to send the messages, but running my own server with a database to send the messages?
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For advertising? Or communication?
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for communication. there is this thing i have to do everyday, where i call a number and they list off colors. if the color your assigned gets called then you have to go visit the office. I get tired of calling this number everyday, so i got to thinking im sure everyone that has to call is tired of it to. so if i call once, and then load the colors into the server to be sent out to people, it would save a ton of people the trouble of remembering to call.
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for communication. there is this thing i have to do everyday, where i call a number and they list off colors. if the color your assigned gets called then you have to go visit the office. I get tired of calling this number everyday, so i got to thinking im sure everyone that has to call is tired of it to. so if i call once, and then load the colors into the server to be sent out to people, it would save a ton of people the trouble of remembering to call.
Most cell phones can be texted over email. With my old phone it was 3602923093@txt.att.net. And yes that's my real number, I don't have it anymore so I don't care. You might want to see if that works. Is everyone on the same provider/through work or are these phones they bought themselves?
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its everyones own personal phone. until i know how to get a form setup for them to input there number and stuff and have it automatically save into the database i would manually input everything. so there is some sort of code/software that will send emails to addresses in a database, and i would just put the numbers in as addresses and it would work fine as long as there phone supports it?
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The best way right now is the "unofficial" google voice email to SMS API:
http://sudocode.net/article/66/sendi...sms-using-php/
http://code.google.com/p/pygooglevoice/
http://code.google.com/p/google-voice-java/

There are many sites on the internet that claim to do this for you (ex:http://www.gmailsms.com/), but I would not trust any of them.


Otherwise, your options are:
* Paid email2sms gateway (many out there)
* GSM card + gsm modem software + cheap prepaid unlimited account
Edited by thefreeaccount - 7/22/11 at 3:32am
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so setting up an email server to just email phone numbers won't work?
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We sell this software at work... minimum cost of about £5000 though lol
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AIM (Aol instant messenger) Lets you send messages to cell phones and after you get the numbers put in you're all set and they can reply to you as well. It's free for you but I think it counts as a text for them
    
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so setting up an email server to just email phone numbers won't work?
Not unless you know which carrier each phone number is on.
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