Connect your Arduino to the cellular network with the new GSM shield

Control and communicate with your next project with your cell phone.

Arduino has just released their new GSM shield that allows your Arduino to make and receive calls and text messages. You can even control specific functions of your project by text. Light up a LED, turn on a motor, all via cell phone. This isn’t the first time someone has figured out how to Arduino to the cellular network, but now it’s easier than ever before. This is very nearly a plug-and-play device.

The shield can connect to any supported GSM network with a standard SIM card. An international SIM from Bluevia with a specifically designed data plan is included, but it is also possible to use your own SIM. The video above is a quick demonstration of just how easy it is to set this up, and the video below is a more in-depth explanation.

The GSM shield if available right now directly from the Arduino store for 69€, and, starting March 25th, it will be available from all other distributors.

Via Arduino Blog


Taylor Gilbert is a proponent of creative technology including Arduino, Processing, and repurposed hardware. Follow him @taylor_gilbert

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2 Responses to “Connect your Arduino to the cellular network with the new GSM shield”

  1. Bruce Says:

    Hi Taylor, I was wondering if it is possible to request the time and date from the local cellular network using the Arduino GSM shield.

  2. Taylor Gilbert Says:

    Bruce, not having used this personally, I can’t say for sure. I don’t see that particular information on the site. However, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t be able to. The shield lets you access sms and voice services via a SIM card, and it can be programmed to respond to specific text messages. Therefore you should be able to request the current time via SMS and interpret the data in some way.