Free email to SMS

Angus Ainslie nytowl at
Thu Mar 5 17:15:10 CET 2009

On Thu, 2009-03-05 at 11:53 -0400, Will Siddall wrote:
> Hey Pander,
> This is a great tool but it does have it's limitations.  Most of the
> time, you have to be aware of what you attach to your emails and how
> many characters you use.  Just the sheer fact that you can send emails
> to an SMS receiver is still great though.
> One down fall is the SMS receiver's carrier.  Some carriers are
> starting to restrict use of the email-to-SMS conversion (to some
> degree) a paid service.  I live in Canada and the only GSM provider in
> the area is Rogers.  They've completely locked out this service to a
> degree that if you receive an SMS from email, the receiver is notified
> that a message has arrived and will have to agree to pay a fee to
> receive it.
> Unless someone has found ways around this matter, I would look into it
> a bit more before you start sending off massive amounts of joke mail
> to all of your phone pals.
> Will

Rogers used to charge $5 extra if you wanted to receive unlimited email
to SMS. Somewhere in the small print there was probably a limit to the
unlimited though.

I also found a package that would interface directly to Rogers ( and
Fido's ) html to text gateways. It would even split the email into
separate messages if it became to long. I don't remember the name of the
package and IIRC the maintainer was talking about dropping it because
rogers was changing the html every couple of weeks to mess with the


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