19.1. Using the AT Command +CSMS to Check if Mobile-originated SMS Messages and Mobile-terminated SMS Messages are Supported
One use of the AT command +CSMS (command name in text: Select Message Service) is to check the message types supported by the GSM/GPRS modem or mobile phone. There are three message types: mobile-originated SMS messages, mobile-terminated SMS messages and cell broadcast messages.
Mobile-originated SMS messages refer to SMS messages that are sent from a mobile device to an SMSC, i.e. outbound SMS messages.
Mobile-terminated SMS messages refer to SMS messages that are sent from an SMSC to a mobile device, i.e. inbound SMS messages.
Cell broadcast messages are text messages pushed to subscribers located in a certain mobile network area by the network operator. These text messages may contain news, weather information, etc.
Here is an example that demonstrates how to use the +CSMS AT command to check if mobile-originated and mobile-terminated SMS messages are supported. First, send the read command "+CSMS?" to the GSM/GPRS modem or mobile phone. The response returned from our Nokia 6021 to HyperTerminal is shown below:
As you can see, the information response contains four values. The second, third and fourth values indicate whether Nokia 6021 supports mobile-terminated SMS messages, mobile-originated SMS messages and cell broadcast messages respectively. If the value is 1, it means the message type is supported. If the value is 0, it means the message type is not supported.
For Nokia 6021:
The third value in the information response is 1, which indicates Nokia 6021 supports mobile-originated SMS messages. So, Nokia 6021 is capable of sending SMS messages to an SMSC.
The second value in the information response is 1, which indicates Nokia 6021 supports mobile-terminated SMS messages. So, Nokia 6021 is capable of receiving SMS messages from an SMSC.
If the final result code "ERROR" is returned (as shown below), it is likely that the +CSMS AT command is not supported by the mobile device.
To confirm, send the test command "+CSMS=?" to the GSM/GPRS modem or mobile phone. If the final result code "ERROR" is returned (as shown below), it means the mobile device does not support the +CSMS AT command.
Note that +CSMS is a mandatory command in the AT command set for SMS messaging. If it is not supported, normally the whole AT command set for SMS messaging is not supported.
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- 1. Introduction to SMS Messaging
- 2. What Makes SMS Messaging So Successful Worldwide?
- 3. Example Applications of SMS Messaging
- 4. What is an SMS Center / SMSC?
- 5. Basic Concepts of SMS Technology
- 6. Intra-operator SMS Messages
- 7. Inter-operator SMS Messages
- 8. International SMS Messages
- 9. What is an SMS Gateway?
- 10. How to Send SMS Messages from a Computer / PC?
- 11. How to Receive SMS Messages Using a Computer / PC?
- 12. Introduction to GSM / GPRS Wireless Modems
- 13. How to Use Microsoft HyperTerminal to Send AT Commands to a Mobile Phone or GSM/GPRS Modem?
- 14. Introduction to AT Commands
- 15. General Syntax of Extended AT Commands
- 16. Result Codes of AT Commands
- 17. AT Command Operations: Test, Set, Read and Execution
- 18. Testing the Communication between the PC and GSM/GPRS Modem or Mobile Phone
- 19. Checking if the GSM/GPRS Modem or Mobile Phone Supports the Use of AT Commands to Send, Receive and Read SMS Messages
- 20. Operating Mode: SMS Text Mode and SMS PDU Mode
- 21. Setting or Reading the Service Center Address / SMSC Address (AT+CSCA)
- 22. Preferred Message Storage (AT+CPMS)
- 23. Writing SMS Messages to Memory / Message Storage (AT+CMGW)
- 24. Deleting SMS Messages from Message Storage (AT+CMGD)
- 25. Sending SMS Messages from a Computer / PC Using AT Commands (AT+CMGS, AT+CMSS)
- 26. Reading SMS Messages from a Message Storage Area Using AT Commands (AT+CMGR, AT+CMGL)
- 27. Appendix A: How to Choose an SMS Service Provider (SMS Gateway Provider, SMS Reseller, SMS Broker)?
- 28. Appendix B: Comparison Table of SMS Service Providers (SMS Gateway Providers, SMS Resellers, SMS Brokers)
- 29. Appendix C: Free Software/Tools and Libraries for Sending and Receiving SMS Messages with a Computer / PC
- 30. Appendix D: GSM 7-bit Default Alphabet Table (with Character Codes of ISO 8859 Latin 1)