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text messaging app: how to receive msgs via a phone #

by benr    May 10, 2004, 6:47 PM

Hi there.
I’d like to set up a text messaging application where I can receive text messages on my server via a phone #. For example:

• I advertise: send a text message to 800-555-5555 to sign up
• User sends a text message to the above number
• The user’s text message is received/processed by my server side application

I’ve heard that this can be accomplished via a Nokia phone and some kind of serial connection to my server. However, I’m wondering how it’s done on a large scale – like by TV shows like American Idol. Is it through a particular configuration in partnership with the wireless carrier - or is there an easier way?

Thanks,
Ben

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