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I have an Android phone because I'm awesome. I would like to be more awesome though. I would like to be able to send and receive text messages (SMS/MMS/etc) from my desktop when I'm near it, mainly because it's faster and it means I don't have to fish around in my pocket every time it vibrates.

Samsung has an app called Kies Air which is basically a little web server you run on your phone and connect to via a desktop browser. Like most Samsung software I've had the displeasure of using, it's pap. Slow and unreliable. It also requires a certain amount of me pressing buttons on my phone to get working too, so less than ideal.

So I was wondering if there was a better solution out there for Ubuntu, ideally not requiring me to root the phone, that lets me manage, view and send messages.

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I'm awesome too (Xperia X8) :) . You can try this webupd8.org/2011/02/android-app-to-send-and-receive-sms.html, works fine. It charges you :( –  Bruno Pablo Nov 9 '11 at 14:28
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@Bruno Pable: This should be an answer. –  Javier Rivera Nov 9 '11 at 14:51
    
Remote Desktop for Android will do this, but it's probably more complex that what you are looking for. Here's the market link: market.android.com/….. –  Tom Brossman Nov 9 '11 at 17:13
    
Google Voice is a simple way of doing this. Install the Google Voice addon for your browser (Chrome?) and you can send/recieve SMS from your computer. I know this isn't exactly what you were looking for, but it is a solution I have found more than effective. –  earthmeLon Nov 9 '11 at 17:21

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Try Airdroid, it does everything you want for free ! It is a webserver like KiesAir and very easy to operate SMS communications.

http://www.airdroid.com/

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this is an amazing app –  Neutralizer Feb 27 at 9:03

Simplest way - install Desktop SMS

Another simple way - EasySMS which sets up a web server (?) on yourAndroid and you then use its web interface to send SMSs from your machine.

Then there's telnet - if you root your phone, you can install a telnet daemon on it. You can then telnet to it from your PC, and send and sms using this command:

sms send

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Putting my vote in for texdro pro. It runs on all platforms as it's a Java app and does exactly what it says on the tin - send and view texts. Also has system notifications for newly received texts. The pro version cost is minimal.

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I am not sure if this can be used for an android based cellphone but I have tested Wammu in the past in order to manage both sms/calendar and other useful features in several cellphones (Nokia and Motorola), which successfully does the work without a hassle, except for those cases when the data cable suffered of a sudden disconnection and stopped working because of a physical failure.

Check it out at [GW]ammu official website. A screenshot of the main interface is posted here for you to see Wammu in action.

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Even when they don't say for Android based phones, I have seen over the net several attempts to work with Wammu in an Android based cellphone. And the official list of supported phones can be reached right here: http://wammu.eu/phones/

Samsungs can be reached right here: http://wammu.eu/phones/samsung/

Good luck!

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