by Frazer Kline
Mobile phone users should not regard their computer only as
the means of recharging their phone, or transferring files to
and from the phone's storage. There's a lot more than you can do
with your Linux box. This article illustrates some good open source
tools that let you manage your mobile phone.
Whilst there is a scarcity of open source mobile phone
management software, there are still some excellent tools
available for Linux.
Many mobile phone management tools depend on libGammu, an
abstraction layer to work with different cell phones from different
This roundup selects 4 of my favourite mobile phone management
tools; all of them are released under an open source license.
Wammu is a powerful open source application to manage data in
mobile phone such as contacts, calendar or messages. The software is
built on top of the Gammu library, which provides an abstraction layer
to work with different cell phones from different vendors (including
Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung,
Siemens, Huawei and others).
- Complete support (can read/edit/delete/copy) for contacts,
- Read/create/save/send/backup SMSs
- Send files to phone (OBEX and Sony Ericsson phones only)
- SMS composer for multi part smses (currently only text and
predefined bitmap/sound can be edited)
- Display message including pictures and ringtones playback
- Support for backup and import in various formats (vCard,
vCalendar, vTodo, iCalendar, gammu own backup,…)
- Export messages to mail (IMAP4, maildir and mailbox
storages are supported)
- Searching for phone
- Translated into many languages including Catalan,
German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian,
Swedish and more
- Website: wammu.eu
- Developer: Michal Cihar
- License: GNU GPL v2
- Version Number: 0.38
KDE Connect is open source software that connects Android
smartphones to your KDE Plasma Workspace.
The application adds a set of plasmoid, plugins and services
to the KDE Plasma Workspace. KDE Connect implements a secure
communication protocol over the network, and allows any developer to
create plugins on top of it. Currently there are KDE Connect clients on
KDE, Android and Blackberry, and soon iPhone.
- Share files and URLs to KDE from any app, without wires
- Use your phone screen as a touchpad for your computer.
Useyour phone as a wireless input device
- Notifications sync (4.3+): Read your Android notifications
from the desktop
- Shared clipboard: copy and paste between your phone and
- Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote for
Linux media players
- WiFi connection: no usb wire or bluetooth needed
- RSA Encryption: your information is safe
- Plugin support to add functionality
BitPim is an open source tool that allows users to view and
manipulate data on many mobile phones. Depending on your model of
phone, you can access the phone book, the calendar, wallpapers,
ringtones, and the embedded filesystem.
BitPim is implemented using the Python programming language
with various pieces in C to access hardware. In addition to
running well on many different platforms, Python also has that most
important feature of being easy to read.
- Phone Book
- Call history
- T9 editor
- Crossplatform support - BitPim runs on Linux, Mac, and
Windows operating systems
- Website: www.bitpim.org
- Developer: BitPim Developers
- License: GNU GPL v2
- Version Number: 1.0.7
Phone Manager connects to your mobile phone over a serial
port, either via a cable, infra-red or Bluetooth connection. It listens
text messages, and when they arrive, displays them on the desktop. A
visual indicator is displayed in the notification
area, if one is presently added to the panel.
Phone Manager supports any mobile phone that can connect to
your computer as a serial port: via Bluetooth, IrDA or a serial cable.
Phone Manager's dependencies are gnome-bluetooth,
Evolution-data-server, GtkSpell, libcanberra, dbus-glib and gnokii.
- Runs in the background; indicates status on the panel
- Display on-screen alert when text message (SMS) arrives
- Text message (SMS) sending facility
- Evolution Addressbook integration when sending
- Internationalization support
Last Updated Sunday, April 19 2015 @ 06:06 AM EDT