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Old 06-21-2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Send text via Linux


Is it possible to send a text to a mobile device from Linux command line?
This is what I used but I'm not getting the text:
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echo "enter message body here" | mailx -s "email subject" recipient@email.com mobilenumber@vtext.com
I've tried to a Verizon phone and a Sprint phone. Neither got the text.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 09:41 AM   #2
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you can send an email only to an email address, not a device.
But I think in your case there is no mail server to handle your request.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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I figured since Powershell can do it Linux can too
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:06 AM   #4
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Saying can Linux send a message to a phone isn't really giving much of what you want to do. Are you looking to send an SMS? Are you looking to send an e-mail (in which case a mobile phone is no different) or perhaps use some form of IM? Asking can Linux connect to a phone (which itself maybe running linux!) is too much of a generic question.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:07 AM   #5
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it should work. you'd have to know how to format the email address so that the telefone company forwards it to the correct mobile number (all the major telco's have different domain names).

not sure how outdated this mite be:
http://www.wikihow.com/Send-a-Text-from-Email

Last edited by schneidz; 06-21-2017 at 10:11 AM.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:22 AM   #6
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i wonder if your server is configured for smtp/sendmail or whatever.
i know with comcast they blacklist users not paying for their business speed from spamming emails (regardless of powershell vs. bash).
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #7
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I can do this successfully in Powershell(yuck). I used the appropriate domain names too. I am trying to send a SMS, but I call it text. Sorry for the confusion
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #8
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your not really troubleshooting this well which is causing us to go on wild goose chases.

what email service are you using to send out emails in powershell / what email service are you using to send out emails in linux command-line ?

are you able to receive email from regular email addresses (e.g.- @yahoo, @aol, @gmail, ...) from the linux command-line ?
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:36 AM   #9
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Yes, you can send a SMS text message to a phone via email. As stated if your system is not configured for outgoing mail the posted command will not work.

The quickest way might be to use a command line email client that connects to your email server using your email credentials. Most email providers provide the authentication methods, ports etc to manually configure a client and they can be saved to a configuration file if desired. mutt and alpine are the most common command CLI clients.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 01:02 PM   #10
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@schneidz.......PowerShell(yuck) uses Send-MailMessage cmdlet, Linux I tried using MailX. Yes I am able to send emails using regular email addresses.

@michaelk.......My system is configured for outgoing mail
 
Old 06-21-2017, 01:10 PM   #11
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So you do not have Outlook on the machine but are able to send email?
As stated above, you need a command-line email client and the correct configuration files to send email.
I would be surprised if the Windows machine does not have Outlook configured.
 
Old 06-21-2017, 01:39 PM   #12
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As far as I know it should work and the basic syntax for Verizon is:

Code:
echo "Hello World" | mailx -s "message Subject" 10_digit_phone_number@vtext.com
 
Old 06-21-2017, 05:09 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by michaelk View Post
As far as I know it should work and the basic syntax for Verizon is:

Code:
echo "Hello World" | mailx -s "message Subject" 10_digit_phone_number@vtext.com
Just tested that syntax and it worked for me...received a SMS message on my Verizon phone.

Tried with two email addresses, as the OP showed, and both the actual email address and the phone received the message.
Question to the OP, does the "recipient@email.com" get the email?
 
Old 06-21-2017, 07:55 PM   #14
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Is the message sent by cellular modem? How does it get into the cell network?
 
Old 06-21-2017, 08:40 PM   #15
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Is the message sent by cellular modem? How does it get into the cell network?
The syntax as posted by michaelk in #12 will send a (SMS) message to the 10-digit cell number on Verizon Wireless.

Repeating:
Question to the OP, does the "recipient@email.com" get the email?
 
  


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