This distribution contains a library to access GSM mobile phones
through GSM modems or IrDA devices. Features include:
* modification of phonebooks stored in the mobile phone or on the
* reading and writing of SMS messages stored in the mobile phone
* sending and reception of SMS messages
Additionally, some simple command line programs are provided to
use these functionalities.
You need a mobile phone that conforms to the GSM
standards ETSI GSM 07.07, ETSI GSM 07.05, and others.
Non-GSM mobile phones will not work! Additionally,
to access the mobile phone from the computer you will probably need an
GSM modem (that would be a PC-CARD, usually). There might be some
mobile phones, however, that incorporate directly terminal
adapter (TA) functionality. Access via IrDA interfaces is also
reported to work.
If you want to compile the library yourself please also read
This distribution uses autoconf/automake/libtool. See the file
INSTALL for generic installation instructions. The default
commands for installation under /usr/local would be:
If there are any problems you can generate a debug version. See
doc/README.developers for details.
For the command line tools UNIX manual pages are available in the
doc subdirectory of this distribution. These are installed by
default in the directories /usr/local/man1, man7, and man8.
See also the files doc/README.developers, doc/README.NLS and doc/FAQ.
The following mobile phone/GSM modem combinations are reported to
be compatible in varying degrees with the current release:
- Nokia 6150/Xircom REM56G.100
- Nokia 6150/Options "GSM-Ready(R) Cellular-Only" modem
from Option International
- Nokia 6210/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Nokia 8810/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Siemens S10D/Dr Neuhaus Gipsy Card GSM
- Siemens S25/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Siemens S35i/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Siemens S45
- Ericcson SH888/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Ericsson 6050102/GM 12 GSM module
- Ericsson T28s (firmware 000809 1106)
- Ericsson T20e (firmware R3A007)
- -/Siemens M20T (stand-alone GSM module)
- -/Wavecom WM02 GSM (stand-alone GSM module)
- Nokia 7110 (firware rev 4.80)/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Nokia 8290 (USA GSM 1900MHz)/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Falcom A2-1/- (stand-alone GSM module)
- Ericsson R320s/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Motorola Timeport 260/- (Serial cable and Linux IrDA serial device)
- Motorola Timeport 250/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Motorola Timeport P7389/- (Linux IrDA serial device)
- Nokia Cellular Card Phone RPE-1 GSM900 and
- Nokia Card Phone RPM-1 GSM900/1800
- Nokia Cardphone/Compaq iPAQ
- Omnipoint technologies Redhawk 2000 GSM modem
- Ericsson T28 (but one firmware revision is reported to have problems)
- Ericcson T65
- Ericcson T39m/Bluetooth
- Option International GlobeTrotter PCMCIA
Note 1: Some of the mobile phones have an integrated GSM modem
that can be accessed via the Linux IrDA drivers.
Note 2: Some of the abovementioned phones have still some glitches
with gsmlib (and I haven't tested them myself).
For the following phones I receive a lot of errors reports:
- Ericcson SH888: SMS function don't work with many firmware releases
This list is not exhaustive, there are probably many other types of
phone or GSM modem that work with gsmlib. Just try it and report back
Even though care has been taken in the design and implementation
of this software it can not be excluded that this software could
destroy data in your mobile phone or may even render your mobile
phone useless (by erroneous PIN settings, for example). The
author will not be held responsible legally, financially, or in any
other form for any kind of damage that might occur from using
This software is provided "as is" and without any expressed or implied
warranties, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of
merchantibility and fitness for any particular purpose.
If you are not ready to accept these conditions please don't use
This software is available on the LGPL (GNU LIBRARY GENERAL
PUBLIC LICENSE), ie. it is allowed to link
the library to commercial programs.
See the file COPYING for details on the license.
There still seem to be some problems with IrDA devices under
Linux. There have been reports of gsmlib-based applications
(eg. gsmctl) hanging upon startup after initializing the serial port
/dev/ircomm. I would be thankful for any input on this problem.
If something does not work with your OS platform or the mobile/TA
combination please send a complete trace of the compilation or the
program execution that did fail. Make sure to compile with debugging
information enabled. Otherwise it will not be possible for me to do
much about the problem. Send bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise
not to publish telephone numbers or other private information that
might be contained in the execution traces that you send me.
Peter Hofmann <email@example.com>.
Mark Purcell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[ Vianney Bouchaud <email@example.com> ]