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Freeware scheduler application for Windows Mobile 6.1 or Android 2 on PDA mobile phone to schedule sending SMS

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I need to every 3 hourly inform my colleague who do 24x7 duties to do a task
but the problem with paper checklist & emails was they can often be missed when
the single-staff on duty went to other rooms or take a break.  However, the staff
would take the mobile phone along.

Is there a freeware scheduler running on Windows 6.1 or Android 2 that can send
SMS messages to remind at scheduled timings ?

Another way is to send via paid SMS websites but this is not what I wanted as it's
chargeable & I can't claim for this
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Most cell carriers allow for emails to be sent to phones and recieved as sms text messages.
For instances, verizon uses 555-555-5555@vtext.com

this article will show you how to create a powershell script that you can then schedule to run every 3 hours.
http://www.searchmarked.com/windows/how-to-send-an-email-using-a-windows-powershell-script.php

This one will do the same using vbscript
http://www.paulsadowski.com/wsh/cdo.htm
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Thanks for the suggestions but I'll need something that's free of charge
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My local cell carriers used to offer something like what you described FOC but
they hv scrapped that service
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> http://www.topshareware.com/SMS-Timer-SMS-Scheduler-application-download-64318.htm

Something like the above would be nice  but it comes at a price
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all major carriers provide that message free of charge.  
start a new text message from one of your phones and address it to your email address to see what the email address is for your cell phone.  What carrier do you use for your cell service??

Software like the one you posted is a phone app, i assumed that you were wanting something that would be managed and sent from your server.  Otherwise you would have to manage these scheduled SMS tasks for every phone independently.  As well as, hope the user doesn't mess with the schedule on their phone.
If your ok with a phone app, why not just use the built-in calendar program and create a recurring appt that goes off every 3 hours.  Again, you would have to manage every phone and hope the users don't mess with the calendar event.
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Here is a list of some of the major carriers.

AT&T – cellnumber@txt.att.net
Verizon – cellnumber@vtext.com
T-Mobile – cellnumber@tmomail.net
Sprint PCS - cellnumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
Virgin Mobile – cellnumber@vmobl.com
US Cellular – cellnumber@email.uscc.net
Nextel - cellnumber@messaging.nextel.com
Boost - cellnumber@myboostmobile.com
Alltel – cellnumber@message.alltel.com

where cellnumber = your 10 digit phone number
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My carrier is Singtel   (www.singtel.com), don't see it offers this service unless you
can find one.

My PDA is on Win mobile 6.1 & the calendar features don't seem to have any option
for scheduling SMS;  there's an appointmt option to send Outlook emails though
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sorry looks like your out of luck with them, i'd recommend you just use the built-in calendar.  
It should meet your needs.  Or, switch to another provider that offers the email to SMS service.  It really is basic technology now, which is why most everyone offers it free of charge.
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Singtel used to offer it FOC but they've ceased it as it's not profitable to them, I guess

How can built-in calendar help in Win Mobile 6.1 as I don't see such a feature
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when creating an appt, you can set the "Occurs" option.  But, it looks like it doesn't have all the same recurrence settings that Outlook gives you.  Hopefully you have exchange, then they can set appts in the Outlook calendar and sync to their phone.  Otherwise, you may have to go ahead purchase the other software.
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I can create appointmt with recurrence but what I need is to be able to send SMS out,
not a reminder on the PDA phone.  

Or at least a 30-day trial software is good : I just need it for abt 25 days
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I've download 2 freeware : one can't install at all, the other called "Timed SMS" can't allow
me to enter "Scheduled timings" into it (there's a slim chance I don't know how to use it?)
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Oops just found that "Timed SMS" needs a registration key - that's why
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this may be overkill for only needing it for 25 days, but here's a tutorial of how to use a cell phone connected to a computer to send SMS messages.
http://www.developershome.com/sms/howToSendSMSFromPC.asp

Here's is a non-developer guide which includes steps for using a windows or linux computer.
http://www.developershome.com/sms/#quickGuideNonDevelopers
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Not quite I wanted as don't want to rely on a PC or
laptop to do this (due to high electricity costs at home)
nor using Telco's service (as my Telco has ceased
this service)
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