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Anyone have a great, cheap or free resource for sending text messages to 10-50 cell phones at once from a web site or special application on a computer (not a smart phone)? I work with three different volunteer groups that want this ability, but each group is a mix of smart phone and cell phone users.
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I've never tried it, but they have a downloadable free demo. It looks like it would do the trick. Hope this helps.
Best of luck,
Gary Network/Systems Admin Berlin, NHHost Non-profit Tech Careers, Security ForumsCo-Host Networks, Hardware, & Telecommunications Forum
Eeee... the English is rather dreadful on the site... which makes me worry about the credibility. It looks a little shady...
But I really appreciate the suggestion anyway!
Yeah, I noticed the rough English as well. I did a quick google search using the search string: mass sms messaging.
It takes a little time to setup but as far as I know all of the cell phone companies have an email address for cell phones. For example an ATT customer it is the 10 digit number + @text.att.net. Compose in text mode and if you have a group setup in your email program you should be able to broadcast to your group. The only problem you would need to get the name of their carrier as well as their numbers. If they don't know how to find the address for the carrier Googling it usually finds it.
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Hi, Richard. Appreciate the response! Indeed, that's one solution. But the groups I'm working with are looking for something much easier to set up and use *quickly*. On Friday, I want to text message 10 volunteers staffing a booth on Saturday to tell them to show up an hour later, while on Sunday, I need to text message 20 volunteers who will attend a training next month about a date change.
While developed for field use in public health, GeoChat might be an interesting option. I couldn't find any restrictions on usage, thought I would hope that it would never be used and abused for commercial endeavours.
Chadd BennettIndependent Colleges of Washington
Thanks, Chadd! I'm checking it out now, and it looks like what the nonprofits I'm working with might be looking for!
You can send out SMS txt within Gmail through Gtalk.
Has anyone ever tried using Gchat to send out bulk SMS messages?
Thanks! Best wishes
You may use http://www.cs-networks.net. Prices are good, delivery is top quality.
"Johnygr" how do you know prices are good and delivery is "top quality" - how have you used this software yourself? Or are you actually someone that works for this company or gets paid to post about it?
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Hi Jayne, I am using them at the moment to verify user registration on my website. I also tried couple of others such as clickatell in the past. The reason for my suggestion is the price/quality balance. They offer more or less the same coverage as a clickatell with lower pricing.
I will update my profile after exploring around a bit and get familiar with the rules.
Got an offer from Skype recently regarding a service called "GroupMe", and maybe it's something along the lines of what I was looking for when I started this thread.
It has apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, but it also works with feature phones via just text message (and they seem quite proud of that). It can also be used with a web interface.
Might be a good tool for those looking to communicate via text with a large group of volunteers, for instance.
Anyone used it yet?
There is a related thread regarding this subject with more recent info here:
The TechSoup Connect2give program offers a text alert service. You can get more info here.
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