Excel/text or call



Using excel 2003, is it possible to send a text message or phone call from excel to tell when a process is finished?



Hi Dave,

Sending a text message from Excel is not difficult because text messages can be sent via email. This is explained in numerous places online, a good example being here.

One potential difficulty with this is that you must know the recipient's cell phone carrier (Verizon, T-mobile, etc.), so if you have a large table of cell phone numbers to send text messages to you will likely have to do some coding to do a web lookup of each recipient's carrier (the article I referenced above explains how to do this lookup) in order to form the email address to send each text message.

I'm assuming from your question that you already know how to send email from Excel. If you do need to automate the cell carrier lookup and need help with that, let me know in a followup or new question.

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Damon Ostrander


I have extensive experience with VBA programming in Excel 5 through Excel 2013. As a former aerospace engineer with a large aerospace corporation and consultant in a small defense technology services company, I have developed a wide range of applications in VBA, including simulations involving mixed-language programming, satellite orbit mechanics, graphics and animation, and real-time applications. I am interested in moderate to hard VBA-related questions only.


I have developed and taught several courses in Excel VBA programming and also VBA programming in Office 97, 2000, and 2007. I have developed a number of large technical applications in Excel VBA for use within the aerospace industry.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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