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Send text message e-mails from Oracle to cell phone mobile SMS

Expert Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonAugust 15, 2015

Question:  I want to set-up my Oracle database to automatically monitor for problems and send alerts to my cell phone.  How do I configure Oracle to send e-mails SMS alerts for mobile devices?
 
Answer:  Sending a text message to an SMS mobile device is done via e-mail. 

Step 1:  You start by defining an e-mail address that automatically forwards to your SMS mobile device.  Most Cellular phone service providers have a facility to allow you to receive e-mails via their own webserver.  See list below for major USA phone text messaging SMS gateway details.

Step 2:  Next, you wrote code for sending e-mails in Oracle is normally done within PL/SQL.  Also, see my notes on using the utl_smtp package for sending e-mails within Oracle to mobile devices.

As for what e-mails alerts to send, you start by defining your own alert thresholds.  You may also want to send email alerts to your SMS mobile device for suspicious alert log messages.

Sending e-mail alerts from OEM

I don't recommend using OEM for sending e-mail alerts because a custom solution is wide open, you know how it works, end-to-end, and you can customize it far beyond the one-size-fits-all constraints of the OEM Mail Server configuration.

.  For automated notification, a SNMP interface can be easily configured to have OEM send the DBA a notification e-mail whenever the threshold value has been exceeded.  This alert can be an e-mail, a telephone message or an alert on the OEM2GO PDA device.

 

OEM e-mail server is not as robust as a custom tailored e-mail program

I have more complete details on creating a custom monitoring and e-mail alert infrastructure in my latest book "Oracle Tuning:  The Definitive Reference, 2nd Edition".


E-Mail SMS gateways for USA phone carriers:

   
Carrier Email to SMS Gateway
Alltel [10-digit phone number]@message.alltel.com
Example: 1234567890@message.alltel.com
AT&T (formerly Cingular) [10-digit phone number]@txt.att.net
[10-digit phone number]@mms.att.net (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]@cingularme.com
Example: 1234567890@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile [10-digit phone number]@myboostmobile.com
Example: 1234567890@myboostmobile.com
Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit telephone number]@messaging.nextel.com
Example: 1234567890@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) [10-digit phone number]@messaging.sprintpcs.com
[10-digit phone number]@pm.sprint.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile [10-digit phone number]@tmomail.net
Example: 1234567890@tmomail.net
US Cellular [10-digit phone number]email.uscc.net (SMS)
[10-digit phone number]@mms.uscc.net (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@email.uscc.net
Verizon [10-digit phone number]@vtext.com
[10-digit phone number]@vzwpix.com (MMS)
Example: 1234567890@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile USA [10-digit phone number]@vmobl.com
Example: 1234567890@vmobl.com
 
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