Archive for December, 2011:

SMS Gateways, Spam and the Law – Part 2

In the previous post, I mentioned that the waters are murky regarding what is allowed and not allowed in sending mass SMS. On the surface it seems simple – if the information in the ITU’s ICT regulation toolkit document is anything to go by, then it follows that the opt-in approach is adopted by the

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SMS Gateways, Spam and the Law – Part 1

This topic of legislation regarding sending bulk SMS to will have to be divided into several posts. There are several reasons for this: The topic itself is large and complex. The conflicting information available on the subject seems to imply that the laws are not always clear under which conditions sending mass SMS is allowed.

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Using GSM modems to send SMS

There were alternatives to SMS service providers before industrial strength SMS Gateway devices came on the scene.  The alternative was using a GSM modem. This is a modem that you can purchase which accepts a SIM card and has a simple interface (some API and/or access to AT commands). For certain tasks this is good

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Private SMS Gateway – additional factors

When considering whether to purchase your own SMS Gateway or whether to seek the services of bulk SMS providers, there are additional parameters that were not discussed in the last post. These are: Redundancy & Reliability Priority Security Having an in-premises SMS Gateway provides any company that depends on SMS delivery with an advantage in

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Rent or Buy ?

The DevelopersHome site has a great article on how to go about deciding on which bulk SMS service to chose in the jungle of SMS gateway providers that offer their services. The article covers 13 good questions you should ask before committing to an SMS broker company. What the article does not discuss (probably since it was

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So, How Much for Bulk ?

The effectiveness of using mass SMS sending for various campaigns does not need to be proved. The number of worldwide SMS aggregators speaks for itself. These SMS aggregators (aka SMS Service providers, Bulk SMS providers, Mass SMS providers, SMS Gateway providers, SMS resellers, SMS brokers etc. – I’ll use them interchangeably) are in the business of receiving

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The SMS Market – Where Are Things At ?

This blog is the first step in describing the market of short message exchange, currently still dominated by good old telecom SMS. First off, just for full disclosure, it should be mentioned that am affiliated with Hypermedia Systems Ltd. The company produces, among other products, SMS gateways and applications as a CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) product. This blog will

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