I have a laptop on which I run Ubuntu 18.04, the laptop has a built-in sim slot and I have a sim card that I use for mobile broadband.

Is there any software that I can use to send and receive sms messages, using the sim card that I also use for internet?

  • Mobile Broadband devices typically can't send SMS messages, they're designed to only use data. I have several systems with Mobile Broadband cards, but they don't have SMS capability in the mobile broadband card/firmware/software to do SMS messages. – Thomas Ward Jun 6 '18 at 14:10
  • ofono would be the necessary back-end piece to send/receive SMS. However, as already mentioned if your SIM is a data-only card, you won't be able to, not having a phone number assigned to it. – dobey Jun 6 '18 at 14:25
  • it is not a data card only, I have a number on it + a voice and sms plan activated :) thanks. – Alexandra Jun 7 '18 at 14:33
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    hi :) yes, sure. I have installed a software called 'Modem Manager GUI' and this has - out of the box - the functionality I was looking for. I have just configured my mobile broadband, and after that, once you install the software it will just recognize the broadband connection. from within the software interface I can send and receive sms massages, it has a USSD functionality (I wasn't able to have this working, so far) and I can also see a traffic statistic that looks pretty nice. – Alexandra Jul 9 '18 at 19:55
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    this is the software linuxonly.ru/page/modem-manager-gui, I have used 'Ubuntu Software' to install it. – Alexandra Jul 9 '18 at 19:57

As Alexandra mentioned, Modem Manager GUI worked perfectly with my usb 3G dongle. Supported SMS and USSD which made it a great tool to manage this sim. Like the fact that any new SMS messages pops up in my notification panel. Easy install from command line as well. sudo apt-get install modem-manager-gui

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  • It work but I have not found a tool that does it from command line and I expect to run script server side to send sms. Is there another option, mmcli fail to help – Dimitri Kopriwa Nov 28 '19 at 4:43

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