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The Pi Phone

Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:57 am

So i was sitting there the other day, and i was wondering if anyone had tried to put a speaker, a microphone, a small touch and a usb broadband card and just used google to send text messages and make phone calls through it.

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Re: The Pi Phone

Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:11 am

I'm not sure about texts

but i know people have used asterisk for calls (of a sort). Worth looking at
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Re: The Pi Phone

Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:22 pm

i use textlocal api to receive sms and action commands.

Text Local

you can also use them to send them.

if you want to use a pi to send free sms look at http://www.streetunity.org thats a pi and a 3g modem.
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Re: The Pi Phone

Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:56 am

Hi, I'm the guy who created http://streetunity.org/

Its quite possible to use Asterisk for sending and receiving SMS via chan_dongle and it also has the additional use as a SIP to GSM gateway, only snag being a bit of lag due to transcoding audio on a relatively slow CPU. I'm sure there are ways of improving this, perhaps by using an all-gsm codec-chain...

I decided however, to use SMS Server Tools 3, which can be downloaded as source and will happily compile under Debian armhf, provided you have the right dev files installed. This is mature software which has been actively developed for years, as opposed to chan_dongle and chan_mobile (the latter of which i have long since abandoned)

SST3 will talk to any modem/phone/dongle which supports AT commands. It does not support voice, but in my tests it will happily run alongside Asterisk on my Pi.

I'm currently playing around with things like SIP SIMPLE to SMS and others, if you check out my site you will see some of my work.

Latest project is using the Pi as a Captive Portal with CoovaChilli, DD-WRT (for the VLAN routing) and some old DSL APs to provide plenty of wireless connectivity.. Always good to recycle old routers, and also free advertising for my stuff to the people who use the wifi :) Win!

I am starting to document my work on my blog, so stay tuned...

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Re: The Pi Phone

Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:42 am

you could take a look at openwhatsapp.org, its on github too.

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