While building an Arduino-based system to alert others of a power outage via SMS text message, Mehdi Lauter has kept the cost down by not buying a typical Arduino-compatible GSM shield an instead has hacked an old Nokia 3310 GSM mobile handset to allow control via the Nokia's internal data bus. This is a neat solution which the Arduino can take advantage of - now when the power goes out the system can turn on the phone, send the text message and then switch off again.
Apart from the 3310, Mehdi's code should work with any F-bus-enabled Nokia... which is quite a few of them, so ebay, second-hand stores or an abandoned old handset can be brought to life again. To learn more, visit Mehdi's website for code, links and project notes. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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