Esmska is a cross-platform and open source software project that allows you to send SMS (short text messages) to any mobile phone number, in any country with minimum effort. The software supports a wide range of mobile phone networks (gateways), including Vodafone, O2, Orange or T-mobile, as well as numerous countries.
Features at a glance
Key features include support for sending SMS messages through various gateways, support for local or international networks, support for free or paid networks, built-in history for sent SMS messages, as well as support for sending SMS to a group of people simultaneously.
Another interesting feature is the ability to import contacts from third-party applications or vCard files. It features a pluggable gateway system that allows users to add support for more gateways, and it’s highly configurable.
Sending SMS was never so easy!
When opening the application for the first time, the user must input the default country prefix number by choosing a country from the drop-down list. Pressing the “Finish” button will close the country selection dialog and open the main window, from where users can send SMS by entering the recipient, choosing a gateway and writing the message.
Under the hood, supported OSes and availability
While the developers provide a source archive, which can be compiled and installed on any of the supported OSes, they also give users detailed instructions on how to install the application on various Linux distributions, including Arch Linux, Fedora, Gentoo, Mageia, openSUSE and Ubuntu.
All in all, Esmska is a great, portable and free application for sending SMS to any mobile phone number in any country from the comfort of your Linux, BSD, Windows or Mac desktop.