SMS service for Rails app alerts - recommendations for free/cheap service/approach for rails apps???

Hi,

I’m interested in triggering SMS alerts from my Rails app (hosted on Dreamhost) for key events or errors.

Any recommendations re whether there is a free SMS service to enable this? Or else a cheap service?

Also whether there is a rails plugin to make this easy?

Tks
Greg

Greg Hauptmann wrote:

I'm interested in triggering SMS alerts from my Rails app (hosted on Dreamhost) for key events or errors.

Any recommendations re whether there is a free SMS service to enable this? Or else a cheap service?

Also whether there is a rails plugin to make this easy?

Hi, Greg.

I've haven't either of these services, but here are some resources I have bookmarked on SMS integration:
http://www.teleflip.com - send them an email, they convert it to an SMS and send it for you (Free under 5k/mo - not live yet)
http://open.4info.net - more two-way communication. A user SMS's 4INFO and they send it to your system. You respond back w/data and they send it over SMS to the user for you (not sure on price - could be free from what it looks like).

http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/939/sms_email_cingular_nextel_sprint_tmobile_verizon_virgin - formats for how to send emails through a mobile provider's gateway (free - you just have to figure out what provider. I'm sure you can find info on that somewhere on the 'Net.)

Hope that helps. I'm interested in what else you find out. I'm also looking at integrating SMS into a Rails app. If you don't mind, I'd appreciate it if you'd post back to the list anything else relevant you find.

I like the idea of using email to SMS gateways just because there is already so much in Rails that makes working with email easy.

-JT

Hi,

There are maybe some free SMS services available or you can use clickatell.com

If you want we can write a rails clickatell plugin for you.

Kind Regards,

Lennie De Villiers

OpenMind Connections

Email: info@openmindconnections.co.za

Website: http://www.openmindconnections.co.za

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