Sending text message using AT command

Playing with my USB dongle that is a 3g modem, i felt the need to send message using this modem.
but i saw that it has no support to send message using AT command, well to check this use the AT+CSMS command before any shake.

In the case when you have a GSM/GPRS modem/mobile phone with full support of what we talk about before :
You can easily sending message using the great Kannel, or from scratch:
In this article we will focus on how to send message using AT command and we can resume this in five steps :
1. Initializing the modem
2. Setting SMSC
3. Storing the message into storage
4. Sending
5. Delete the message from storage

First of all, to interact with the device you need a serial tools like screen or may be minicom.
Well i recommend the use of screen when you work on pseudo devices :

Let’s connect to the device (ttyUSB0) using screen with a baud of 9600 :
$ screen /dev/ttyUSB0 9600

1. Send the initialize strings :

2. Define the service center address as follow and verify that it is correct:

145 means that we deal with formatted address using typical ISDN/telephony numbering plan
(ITU E.164/E.163) and it is an international number.

3. In the fact if you may send a text messages to +85291234567, write the message first to storage area, as like as:
AT+CMGW=”+85291234567″,145,”STO UNSENT”Hello world

4. And finally you can now send the message, referenced with it index:

You can also do this if you rather to send it to mutli destinations:

Lastly, delete the message from storage area.
5. AT+CMGD=3

To read the first message indexed with 1 :

Also if you need to play or list all the message in the storage

Great document about this can be found here


Author: Ali MEZGANI

My name is MEZGANI Ali. I was born back in 1978 in Rabat Morocco. My interests are Debian Linux , programming , science and music.

One thought on “Sending text message using AT command”

  1. sir…using asembler to connected with microcontroler and phone gsm for calling phone number user…
    sorry my english so bad

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