From reading the kickstarter electron page it states the following about text or SMS messaging.
How about voice and text messages?
While the hardware will technically support both voice and text
messages, the Electron will not be PTCRB certified for voice, and our
SIM cards won’t support either voice or text messages. If you want to
send text messages, we recommend using a web service like Twilio.
I realise sms is part of the 2G/3G mobile evolution and things are (slowly) moving away to all IP, however I still believe there is a market that want and would still demand this feature for updates/alerts (without using services like twilio).
- Will the Australia Telstra sim card I receive (when I receive it with the Electron) also not allow sending SMS? I am guessing this is how the sim cards are being provisioned as part of Particle being the MVNO.
- Is there any chance in the future that the capability of sending SMS’s be added/provisioned (for those who would like to avoid services like Twilio)? If so would this incur an extra cost?
- If I decide to purchase my own prepaid sim card with the capability of sending sms, how confident can I be (without testing before hand) the Electron will be able to send sms’s?