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SMS Fu allows you to send text messages to a mobile recipient for free. It leverages ActionMailer or Pony for delivery of text messages through e-mail.


>= 3.0.0
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SMS Fu (sms_fu)¶ ↑

Want to send an SMS from your Ruby application? SMS Fu allows you to do just that.

It allows you to send a text message in the form of an e-mail to a cell phone on any of the many supported carriers.

Supported Carriers (US & International): ¶ ↑

Alltel, Ameritech, AT&T, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth Mobility, Beeline(UA), BlueSkyFrog, Boost Mobile, BPL Mobile, Cellular South, Claro (Brazil, Nicaragua), Comcast, Du, E-Plus, Etisalat, Fido, kajeet, Mobinil, Mobitel, Movistar, Metro PCS, O2, Orange, Powertel, PSC Wireless, Qwest, Rogers, Southern Link, Sprint, Suncom, T-Mobile (US/UK/Germany), Telefonica, Tracfone, Virgin Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone (UK, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Spain), and many more …

Some International carriers require that their users subscribe to an Email to SMS feature before they are able to receive SMS messages this way. If one your users mentions that they are not receiving their messages, chances are it is due to this limitation. Some of these carriers are include, Mobitel, Etisalat, T-Mobile (Netherlands).

Requirements¶ ↑

  • SMS Fu requires that ‘action_mailer’ (>= 3.0.0rc2) and ‘pony’ (>= 1.0) are installed.

  • If you require SMS Fu on an older version of ActionMailer, make sure to use the older plugin version of SMS Fu at

Setup Instructions¶ ↑

Numbers and Carriers¶ ↑

  • You have to send in the phone number, without any non-numeric characters. The phone numbers must be 10 digits in length.

  • The two required parameters are the phone number and the phone carrier.

  • Here are some of the default carrier values:

Alltel Wireless   =>  "alltel"
AT&T/Cingular     =>  "at&t"
Boost Mobile      =>  "boost"
Sprint Wireless   =>  "sprint"
T-Mobile US       =>  "t-mobile"
T-Mobile UK       =>  "t-mobile-uk"
Virgin Mobile     =>  "virgin"
Verizon Wireless  =>  "verizon"
Vodafone Tokyo    =>  "vodafone-jp-tokyo"
  • Check sms_fu.yml for a complete list of supported carriers, including international carriers as well.

Configuration and Usage¶ ↑

  • SMS Fu relies on either ActionMailer or Pony for delivery. You can now specify which you’d like to use for delivery.

  • You can use your ActionMailer settings by just specifying the :delivery option as :action_mailer.

  • If you would like to use Pony, you can configure it to use :sendmail or :smtp via Pony. Set the :delivery option to :pony and then make sure to include :pony_config as well

    # ActionMailer delivery
    sms_fu = SMSFu::Client.configure(:delivery => :action_mailer)
    # Pony delivery via Sendmail
    sms_fu = SMSFu::Client.configure(:delivery => :pony, :pony_config => { :via => :sendmail })
    # Pony delivery via SMTP
    PONY_CONFIG = { 
      :via => :smtp, 
      :via_options => {
        :address              => '',
        :port                 => '587',
        :user_name            => 'username',
        :password             => 'password',
        :authentication       => :plain, 
        :enable_starttls_auto => true,
        :domain               => "localhost.localdomain"
    sms_fu = SMSFu::Client.configure(:delivery => :pony, :pony_config => PONY_CONFIG)
  • You can view more pony ‘via_options’ at

  • Basic SMS delivery

  • If you want to set a custom from e-mail per SMS message, you can do so by doing the following.

    sms_fu.deliver("5558675309","at&t","message", :from => "")
  • You can set the maximum length of the SMS message, which is not set by default. Most phones can only accept 128 characters. To do this just specify the limit option.

    sms_fu.deliver("5558675309","at&t","message", :limit => 128)
  • You can retrieve just the formatted address to use in your own mailer.

    SMSFu.sms_address("5558675309","at&t") # => ""

View Helpers (Rails)¶ ↑

  • Retrieve a collection of all carriers

    <%= carrier_collection %>
  • Display a select box with mobile carriers

    <%= carrier_select %>
  • Display a custom select box with mobile carriers

    <%= carrier_select('user[carrier_name]', "Please choose a carrier") %>

Special Thanks¶ ↑

I want to thank the following individuals with their help with adding some patches to SMS Fu:

  • Brent Collier (brentmc79)

  • Peter Boling (pboling)

  • Mike (mic)

Copyright © 2010 Brendan G. Lim, Intridea, Inc., released under the MIT license