Jakob Eriksson <ja...@aurorasystems.eu> writes:

> On August 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM Thorsten Jolitz
> <tjol...@googlemail.com> wrote:
>> Hi List,
>> just one curiosity - how would one write a PicoLisp application that
>> recieves and processes (and maybe sends) SMS messages?
> It depends on where from you want to send and receive SMS. There are
> several
> gateway companies, each with their own API. You can also talk the
> stuff that
> telecoms companies talk to each other, but almost certainly you can't
> do that.

Until now I had not much interest in this stuff, but I know that some
not so smart fraudsters try to make people call their SMS numbers only
to charge them 3 times the normal price - all in cooperation with the
telecom company. 

In my case it wouldn't be fraud but a paid for service, but technically
this would be a nice option: have the telecom company charge 40c instead
of 20c per sms, and once a month or so they send me my share of the
money - no hassle with billings and payments on my side. 

But maybe this is in another league - only for the big players. 

> You can talk to a phone as a GSM modem, but that is oldschool and involved
> either serial cable, serial over USB, or Bluetooth.
> If you have an Android phone, you could talk to an Android app, or it
> to a web
> service, or whatever.  You need to think about what this should cost you or
> how many SMS you expect to send and receive per month, and then you
> can start
> looking for a solution.

The basic idea is to recieve one SMS per day from each customer with some
data to be extracted from the message and stored and processed in the
PicoLisp app/db. Sending reply messages is optional - the feedback could
be given via a website. 

As I wrote - the optimal solution would be no costs on my side, but
rather a telecom company that charges higher prices per SMS in my name
and shares profit with me. 


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