(Via Kevin Schofield’s post) Given the ubiquity of SMS and rising demand for SMS applications, MSRIndia has developed a SMS Toolkit which enables anyone with a PC and a Windows Mobile Phone to run their own SMS server.
This raises opportunity for developers to connect their interesting PC and Internet applications to SMS capable phones and create new useful SMS based apps; heralding a new era of mobile commerce especially in emerging markets.
To run the SMS Toolkit, the hardware requirements are:
– An application Unlocked Windows Mobile 5.0 based phone
– A PC running Windows XP or Vista
– A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC
– SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
– Activesync 4.0 and above
To find out more and download the MSRIndia SMS Toolkit, visit the project’s Codeplex page.
Related link: Microsoft Research India blog
Sample screenshot of a sample application scenario (SMS news item broadcast)