mLearning Resources

04 SMS

SMS (Short Message Service) All answers
Short Message Services are widely used for short text messages between mobile phones. The message is first sent to a SMSC Short Message Service Center, which then tries to send it to the receiver. If the recipient is not reached, the service tries again later (store-and-forward). There is no guarantee of delivery – but efforts usually continue for at least 24 hours (best effort.).

By using SMS you can receive ring tones, picture messages, logos, business cards, calendar requests, Internet access configuration messages and downloadable profiles.

This technology is familiar and in daily use. Fits very well for communication between students and can offer rich multimedia download.

Relatively expensive to use in university→student mass communication. For that reason SMS is not a suitable technology to deal with large numbers of messages or numerous calendar activities.

SMS as a Facilitator for mLearning
The potential to use SMS was evaluated by asking the potential and probability of:

  1. Person-to-person SMSs
  2. Calendar Requests
  3. Internet Access Configuration Messages
  4. Rich Content Download Services


The potential and probability of use is on moderate high level. (Scale in descriptions: High level, Reasonable high level, Moderate level, Reasonable low level, Low level)

Lets spread the results in a normalised diagram (description) to see how answers are related to each others.


All the aspects are relevant. The first development activities should concentrate on:

  • Rich Content Download Services

Commenting/Discussion subjects

  • What kind of Open Source or cost effective SMS solutions are available?
  • Do you have positive/negative experiences related to educational use of SMS?
  • How would you develop educational use of SMS on a very limited budged? Can you name actionable first steps for development?
  • What are the implications for ViCaDiS Work Packages?

Go to: ViCaDiSmTechnologyQuestionnaireSMS MMSWAPDRM PoCVoIPNFCGPS/AGPS
Participate discussions and commenting at the end of this page!

    The ViCaDiS Project has been funded by Lifelong Learning Programme 2007 – 2013 and by 10 partners in 6 countries.


    1 Comment »

    1. Additional info:
      – SMS Tutorial:
      – Sending Rich Content to Devices Using SMS:
      – Kannel: Open Source WAP and SMS Gateway:

      Comment by Diana Bodnarescu — Friday, March 21, 2008 @ 1:15 am | Reply

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