[nycbug-talk] OT - SMS gateway services?

Massimiliano Stucchi stucchi at willystudios.com
Wed Mar 22 20:08:50 EST 2006

On 200306, 12:05, Jonathan Vanasco wrote:
> Off Topic - but with all the networking/telephony knowledge here, I  
> bet someone can point me in the right direction
> I'm looking for a SMS gateway service that can handle send / receive  
> ( i've found lots of sends, no receives )

The send and receive functions are _always_ considered separately.

I'm not really 100% into this market, but being from a country with more
cellphones than people (Italy), I think I can have a word on this :)

Seriously, I worked for some time for Vodafone, and I now offer this
kind of services to my customers, but simply as a reseller.

Sending is easy, and the service can be really cheap even at great
quality.  I use a provider where I get very good quality at very good

Receiving can be very expensive.  There are two ways of doing this:

- Via a shared number
	Every time you have to receive a message, the sender has to put a sort
	of prefix number at the beginning of the message.  This identifies the
	destination part, but leaves you with this mandatory action to take on
	every message that has to be sent to you.

- Via a dedicated number

	You get all the messages your number gets.

Let me list some prices for the two, just to give you an idea.  I could
recommend you this service, but since the provider is located in Italy,
I don't think it could come handy to you...

Shared number: 100euros setup, 70 euros/year
Dedicated number: 600 euros setup, 150 euros/month.

Last time I asked, it took them 2 months for the setup of a dedicated
number, since the government had run out of available numbering...

FWIW, this comes with an unlimited number of incoming messages.  They
get delivered to you via a simple http query.

> this is just a beta test , so cheaper is better than reliable for  
> now, but If anyone can suggest:
> 	a- who to use if price is  a concern
> 	b- who to use if reliablility is #1

As I said above, I don't have a good idea of the market in the US, nor I
can have any experience.  I know that T-Mobile has coverage there, since
I got it last time I came, so I would try to ask them.

If you have any other question, just let me know.

Ciao !

Massimiliano Stucchi
stucchi at willystudios.com
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