software dealing with email to text needed.

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Hi Experts,

Can someone recommend a good software dealing with email to text functions.

should have

A- Carrier lookup.
B- Email/cell validation.
C- Mass text/email option.

Thanks in advance.
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Just to be clear - you're looking for a pre-built software package that can take an email and convert it to a text message? Or are you looking for something you can integrate into your development environment?
Hi,
Actually I'm interested to hear people's experience with both, ready software and code integration, will have user decide which way to go..
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Ben
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I've used Twilio to send text messages from vb.net. It's contacted through a standard REST API, so you could call that from VBA as well. I don't see anything that would specifically parse email, but there are quite a few extensions available that could potentially do that, or you could use Outlook automation to get the body of the email and send that.
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Hi Scott,

I'm still waiting for users to describe exactly whats needed.
However looks like there is a misunderstanding..
I didnt meant to read/parse emails.
I meant a software for users to enter cell numbers and it will send mass text messages for them.
Guess should be able to categorize, keep track of text send etc..

PS. main thing, should not use our email server for this, software should use vendors server (similar to constant contacts what we currently use for mass emailing).

Thanks,
Ben
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Twilio would fit that bill as well. I use the free account (since I don't really do much with it), but their paid accounts seem to be pretty reasonable.

Twilio uses their own platform for sending the texts. You connect to their platform, send them the numbers and text, and their infrastructure does the rest.
Hi Scott,

I shared with manager what you suggested, will keep you posted on what they decide.
BTW, the more ideas the better, at least they will have a choice to choose from..

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Ben
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Commented:
There are a number of services like Twilio:

Bandwidth: http://dev.bandwidth.com/
Nexmo: https://www.nexmo.com/
Pliv: https://www.plivo.com/

I've not used any of those, so couldn't give you any real info on them.
Thanks Scott.
So far users didnt got back to me, but I believe one of these should do the work.
Hi Scott,
Twilio uses their own platform for sending the texts. You connect to their platform, send them the numbers and text, and their infrastructure does the rest.
Do they also have an API for SMS carrier lookup?
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Ben
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You don't lookup the carrier. You just send the message to the phone number of the recipient, and Twilio does the rest.

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