Mobile operator Free propose free SMS alerts

Since yesterday, 11th of june 2014, the french Mobile operator Free gives opportunity to its subscribers to use a new feature. This one permits to receive freely SMS messages through an API hosted on their servers.  This is a very interesting tool to send alerts from smarthome installation or for connected objects.

Merci Free, et encore merci !

Activating this feature

This one is by default deactivated. You can activate it in your subscriber section available at



Freesms_aideWhen activated, an identification key is generated. It has to be used in conjunction with you account password when calling the API.

This API is really simple to use, more than that it is clearly explained when pushing the question mark button in the panel.

URL to be used ( including your key and your password ) can be directly copy pasted from there for the first shot!

API access is secured (https), fortunately !

SMS option provided by eedomus controller

The eedomus controller,  with Premium option, already offer the feature to send SMS to whichever number or mobile operator. SMS number is limited to 30 per month which is really sufficient for alert messages. From an eedomus rule you can also send a SMS to several recipient.

Those alerts are fully integrated into the way of working of eedomus, being at device level or rules level. They can be easily activated by simply ticking an option.


Alerte SMS pour un périphérique


Alerte SMS dans une règl

Unlimited SMS with Free in your eedomus

Having unlimited number of messages available means you can send several per day with informative content instead of being only alert messages. However, it is only possible on your own mobile phone. You have also to systematically create a rule to send them.

However doing those rules are quite easy. Rules themself will call a HTTP actuator. It is possible to use a single actuator for several Free accounts, but to clarify organization, I opt for one actuator per mobile phone. Configuration of those actuators have been described in previous post Give a voice to a smarthome setup, please refer to this one for details about it :

loceedomus1_eedomusadddevice +  loceedomus1_eedomusaddother  +  smartvoice_eedomus_httpactuator

Value list will contain URL and parameters to be sent :


I’ve chosen to use [VAR1] and [VAR2] to store identification code and password, then you have to enter them in Configuration tab.


A new value is to be created for each type of SMS message to be sent. Parameters are :

  • Description : name displayed with setting rules
  • URL
  • Type : GET
  • Parameters?user=[VAR1]&pass=[VAR2]&msg=Text message

I’ve discovered that special characters are working well also, you can then type your message directly, spaces included.

It is also possible to have device values embedded into the message. I’m sending house temperature for instance by using those parameters :

  • Parameters : ?user=[VAR1]&pass=[VAR2]&msg=House temperature is [LAST_VALUE PERIPH_ID=88094] degrés

88094 is API code of my probe for eedomus. This code is available in configuration panel of each device if API have been previously activated in controller.loceedomus1_eedomusapicode

Vincent Recipon

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6 Responses

  1. mourrier says:

    Merci 1000 fois Donc il faut tout lire chez free pour ma part je n’ai pas eu.d’information cordialement bonne soiree

  2. yves says:


    Une option free qui est la bienvenue mais malheureusement j’ai un petit souci pour la faire fonctionner. la page de configuration de ma caméra de surveillance n’autorise pas les url en https. je ne peux taper dune adresse en http. auriez-vous une solution?


  3. enr37 says:

    Ayant quelques soucis dans le coin ou sur mon lieu de vacances avec free mobile, je ne peux pas m’en servir a titre régulier. Je vois par contre très bien ce système avec un téléphone dual sim ^^

    • C’est vrai que la couverture de Free n’est pas encore à la hauteur des autres opérateurs. Rien que chez moi je suis déjà content d’avoir une connexion data en Edge ! Mais c’est pour ça que le SMS est super sympa : une connexion 2G même sans Data suffit pour qu’un SMS arrive.

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