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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   3 months ago

Send SMS Text Messages to a Mobile Cell Phone

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In this video, I will show you how to use Microsoft Outlook and an Email-to-SMS gateway address to send text messages from Microsoft Access.

Cameron from Olympia, Washington (a Gold Member) asks: I run a service business. I'd like the ability to be able to send SMS text messages to my customers to remind them of an upcoming appointment, or to let them know their technician is on the way. So many people don't check email regularly, but everyone carries their cell phones nowdays. Can this be done from my Access database?


Members will learn how to send SMS text messages without using an email gateway. We will set up a free trial account on Twilio and use their API to send messages. This way, we avoid having to know the customer's cell carrier too.

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Bert Harmsma 
2 months ago
Hi all. Good afternoon.

Do you also cover, somewhere in your courses, sending messages but now by WhatssApp?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Adam Schwanz
2 months ago
Does Twilio offer whatsapp? If not you will have to google and find a WhatsApp API to use/buy for access.
Alex Hedley
2 months ago
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Julian Okolonji 
2 months ago
Hi All

Hope you are all doing good?

I think I share the same problem with Larry. I've been trying to create a form to send SMS messages. I've tried using the same technic that was used in the email seminar but have failed. I've setup a paid account at Twillo and have been able to send test text messages but ultimately need a form as I share my db with other people who don't have access to the code. I really don't need to send bulk messages but still need a form for single messages.
Julian Okolonji
2 months ago

Scott Axton
2 months ago
Julian -
Was there a question here?
It appears by the message in your status box you didn't enter a valid phone number.
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Larry Fisackerly 
3 months ago
(1) Do I have to set up my own server? (2) Do I have to have my own website to use this? (3) Do I have to type the body of my text message in the VBA code? (4) If so, does that mean I have to edit the VBA code each time I send a different message? (5) How to I select customers in Access to send text messages to? I know how to do queries, but did not see anything in the video about selecting customer to text.
Scott Axton
3 months ago
1) No.  2) No. You do have to have a working email address to send from (Email-to-SMS Gateway) or a Twilio account like in the extended cut.    3) Depends.  If you want to send a varying message each time you would have so have  a field in you form for you message.  If it is just a standard message then you could / would write it into the VBA.  4)  See reply for 3.  5) The message is sent from the customer form that is open in the example.  There would be other ways to send to multiple people but that would require some programming and VBA.

Be sure to watch the videos in the links - multiple times if needed.  Especially the Send Email. This isn't a quick plug and play type of thing.  You have to have some pretty solid foundation to understand how to tackle it.
In addition take a look at the Value From a Form video.  That would help you sending a message from your form text box. (Question 3 & 4)
Scott Axton
3 months ago

Some telephone plans still charge for messaging.  Be careful, and offer some way to opt out of text messages.  You don't want to alienate a good customer if this is for a business.

FYI - From Google:
Is there a limit on text size?
        "The character limit for a single SMS message is technically 160 characters. However, most modern phones and networks support message concatenation: they split large messages into individual SMS messages (called "segments") and then re-create the large message at the receiving end."

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