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Ramon Hernandez
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Username: Mstrpln_81

Post Number: 1
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 09:14 am:   

Is it capable? I'm testing the trial version, and it seems it does not support it. I tried to send 3 messages at a specific order using 2-way. I'm redirecting it to a script. The script saves it to the database in that specific order after sending the message. But when i'm receiving the message, the message is not sent in that order. What gives?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Post Number: 5668
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2006 - 04:02 pm:   

Hi Ramon,

Generally speaking, we try to process messages in the order in which they were submitted. However, circumstances can occur where they are not processed in this order.

Also, there is no guarantee that the network will deliver the messages in the order in which they were submitted.

Generally speaking, if you do a rapid fire sending of 3 messages in a specific order, you can't really guarantee that they will be received in that order.

If it is critical that the messages arrive in a specific order ... the only technique that I could think of would be using delivery receipts (if supported in your SMSC environment).

The idea would be that you submit message 1 of 3 with a delivery receipt requested. When that receipt comes back in, it gets routed to a 2-way script, and the script determines that it should now send message 2 of 3, and again it submits it with a delivery receipt requested. Etc.

Maybe if you tell me more about what you're trying to accomplish with these sequenced messages, I might have another idea.

-bn

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