John P. John P. - 9 days ago 4
C# Question

Get notifications from computer to phone

The question below is more for ideas, guidance and directions than coding assistance. Sorry if I am in the wrong place.

I have a console application which is checking for a specific file on my computer on a specific path. I want to get a notification when it detects the file on my phone.

What is the best way to get this done, if there is one.

I though about using facebook to simply send me a message but after a little research I found out that FB prevents people from sending private messages to avoid abusive usage of it.

Is there another easy way to do this?

Answer

Most phones have an email address like 2027710384@mobile.att.net. I have had success doing that in the past as a workaround.

Here is a list of provider addresses: http://www.sensiblesoftware.com/weblog/2011/02/28/cell-phone-email-addresses/

In my application I stored the user's phone number and provider. When sending a notification, I simply put the two together and send an email message.

Sending real SMS messages will always cost money because you have to pay for usage of telephony infrastructure.

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