SMS::Send - Driver-based API for sending SMS messages


  # Create a sender
  my $sender = SMS::Send->new('SomeDriver',
      _login    => 'myname',
      _password => 'mypassword',
  # Send a message
  my $sent = $sender->send_sms(
      text => 'This is a test message',
      to   => '+61 (4) 1234 5678',
  # Did the send succeed.
  if ( $sent ) {
      print "Message sent ok\n";
  } else {
      print "Failed to send message\n";


SMS::Send is intended to provide a driver-based single API for sending SMS and MMS messages. The intent is to provide a single API against which to write the code to send an SMS message.

At the same time, the intent is to remove the limits of some of the previous attempts at this sort of API, like "must be free internet-based SMS services".

SMS::Send drivers are installed seperately, and might use the web, email or physical SMS hardware. It could be a free or paid. The details shouldn't matter.

You should not have to care how it is actually sent, only that it has been sent (although some drivers may not be able to provide certainty).



The installed_drivers the list of SMS::Send drivers that are installed on the current system.


  # The most basic sender
  $sender = SMS::Send->new('Test');
  # Indicate regional driver with ::
  $sender = SMS::Send->new('AU::Test');
  # Pass arbitrary params to the driver
  $sender = SMS::Send->new('MyDriver',
      _login    => 'adam',
      _password => 'adam',

The new constructor creates a new SMS sender.

It takes as its first parameter a driver name. These names map the class names. For example driver "Test" matches the testing driver SMS::Send::Test.

Any additional params should be key/value pairs, split into two types.

Params without a leading underscore are "public" options and relate to standardised features within the SMS::Send API itself. At this time, there are no usable public options.

Params with a leading underscore are "private" driver-specific options and will be passed through to the driver unchanged.

Returns a new SMS::Send object, or dies on error.


  # Send a message to a particular address
  my $result = $sender->send_sms(
      text => 'This is a test message',
      to   => '+61 4 1234 5678',

The send_sms method sends a standard text SMS message to a destination phone number.

It takes a set of named parameters to describe the message and its destination, again split into two types.

Params without a leading underscore are "public" options and relate to standardised features within the SMS::Send API itself.


The text param is compulsory and should be a plain text string of non-zero length. The maximum length is currently determined by the driver, and exceeding this length will result in an exception being thrown if you breach it.

Better functionality for determining the maximum-supported length is expected in the future. You input would be welcome.


The to param is compulsory, and should be an international phone number as indicated by a leading plus "+" character. Punctuation in any form is allowed, and will be stripped out before it is provided to the driver.

If and only if your driver is a regional driver (as indicated by a ::-seperated name such as AU::Test) the to number can also be in a regional-specific dialing format, without a leading plus "+" character.

Providing a regional number to a non-regional driver will throw an exception.

Any parameters with a leading underscore are considered private driver-specific options and will be passed through without alteration.

Any other parameters without a leading underscore will be silently stripped out and not passed through to the driver.

After calling send_sms the driver will do whatever is required to send the message, including (potentially, but not always) waiting for a confirmation from the network that the SMS has been sent.

Given that drivers may do the actual mechanics of sending a message by quite a large variety of different methods the send_sms method may potentially block for some time. Timeout functionality is expected to be added later.

The send_sms returns true if the message was sent, or the driver is fire-and-forget and unable to determine success, or false if the message was not sent.


Bugs should be reported via the CPAN bug tracker at

For other issues, contact the author.


Adam Kennedy <>


Copyright 2005 - 2011 Adam Kennedy.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

The full text of the license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this module.