How to Send a Text Message in Ubuntu

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How to Send a Text Message in Ubuntu
Text message from your Ubuntu computer instead of your cell phone. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The Ubuntu community provides updates and maintains several tools for sending and receiving text messages on your computer. These tools allow you to type the text messages you want to send on your computer and the software tools use your cellphone as a gateway to the cell network. Like most software on the Ubuntu operating system, the tools are free and open-source with automatic updates, however they do require some configuration to set up properly with your specific phone brand and model. These configuration settings may vary.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use Wammu to send text messages from Ubuntu. Available in Ubuntu's universe respository for free, Wammu is maintained and updated by the Ubuntu community. This basic interface allows you access to your text messages, call history and contacts while your phone is plugged into your computer via USB dongle, Infrared or Bluetooth connection. It also enables you to send and receive text messages using your phone as an access point to the cell network. Wammu must be set up using the software's included set-up wizard.

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    Send text messages using Phone Manager, which is available in the universe repository as a free download. It is maintained and updated by the Ubuntu community and allows you to sync your address book with Evolution, as well as send text messages when it is connected to your computer via USB dongle or Bluetooth.

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    Install SIM IM on your Ubuntu computer to send text messages. In addition to sending and receiving text messages using your cellphone information, SIM IM also supports the protocols for Gtalk, Jabber, ICQ, AIM and MSN chat programs. It is available in the universe repository for free and is simple to use.

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