[aprssig] APRS Email -> Cell phone Text message problem

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Tue May 12 01:39:23 EDT 2009

Hi Pete,

Yeah, that's what I figured.  Email-2 was the service I used, because I appreciate how it can use aliases for email addresses.

I tried again using the original email service (no "-2"), because it formats things differently, with "Message from <call sign>" in the subject, and the message within the traditional message text area.  She got a message, but this time the phone rebooted itself and left an error, something about not being able to download the message.  I didn't try to pursue it at this time.  Perhaps it's simply out of space, or maybe the links and/or size is causing an internal crash.  The phone is a Motorola Razr, with T-Mobile service.

So, this is going to take some gateway work...

Any takers?

Greg  KO6TH

> From: hamlists at ametx.com
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 05:32:57 -0500
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS Email -> Cell phone Text message problem
> The message was in the subject line.  The service you are using apparently strips the subject line from the message on a text message.  EMAIL and EMAIL-2 are designed for email clients (and most SMS clients) that display the subject line in an email.
> 73,
> Pete Loveall AE5PL
> www.ae5pl.net
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Greg D.
> > Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:08 PM
> > 
> > The bad news:  The message text I sent was nowhere in the message.  All
> > she got was the header ("DO NOT REPLY"), and a bunch of links to the
> > Internet for findu and other such services.  I'm guessing that the
> > message text itself was truncated off the bottom of the message (only
> > the first 160 characters can be sent).
> > 
> > I used the email-2 gatway for this test.  Is there another service that
> > perhaps formats the message differently, so that the "important" part
> > can show up before all the links and such?  Or, is there a way for the
> > gateway to know that it's sending to a limited size receiver, and
> > adjust accordingly?  The links aren't useful when viewed from a phone's
> > text message window.
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