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Dhanya Palanisamy
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Username: Dhanya

Post Number: 1
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 04:47 am:   

Hi,

I have a few doubts regarding how Now SMS sends and receives SMS. It will be very helpful if any of you clarify this as soon as possible.

1. It has mentioned in Now SMS that you can fit 160 characters per SMS message , 160 (7 bit) characters are squeezed into 140 (8 bit) bytes. Is this method always followed? If yes, then how to as only send 140(8 bit) bytes messages?

2. While receiving is it enough only to change in the character-set present in the 2-way tab to change the received message type?

3. Can you give some more examples of what other operations can be specified to handle the incoming SMS using the "Command to Execute option"?


Thanks & Regards,
Dhanya.P
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7496
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:00 pm:   

Hi,

1. In the GSM world, that's the way SMS works. NowSMS only does the squeezing when it is sending out the messages via a GSM modem ... otherwise it is the SMSC that does it.

NowSMS only allows the sending of 140 (8-bit) byte messages if they are binary.

If you are using any characters outside of the GSM 7-bit character set, then it is necessary that the message gets sent out in 16-bit Unicode (70 16-bit characters can fit in one SMS message).

2. Changing that setting will change the character set that is used for presenting message text to all defined 2-way commands.

3. Please explain what you mean by "operations".

The basic 2-way command interface is designed to support routing a received message to a command ... and optionally, a simple reply can be generated back to the sender.

But, from within your command, it is also possible to take new actions ... to send a message to someone other than the original sender ... to generate a new request to send a different type of message other than a simple text message.

Perhaps you might find the following helpful:

http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/4520.html

-bn
Dhanya Palanisamy
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Username: Dhanya

Post Number: 2
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 05:12 am:   

Thanks Bryce. I would like to know more about the receiving part. How Now SMS receives messages, in 7 bit or 8 bit format naturally? We have an option called "Character Set" in the 2-way tab of Now SMS, what is the functinality of this? If i specify utf-7 will the SMS gateway receive in 7 bit format?

Thanks in advance,
Dhanya
amit jibhkate
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Username: Amit123

Post Number: 1
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 05:29 am:   

hi
Dhanya Palanisamy
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Username: Dhanya

Post Number: 3
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 06:11 am:   

Halo Amit,

Do you have answer for my query?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7502
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

Hi Dhanya,

The "Character Set" option in the 2-way tab of NowSMS specifies what character set will be used when routing received messages to a 2-way command (HTTP script or local executable).

By default, NowSMS uses UTF-8, which is an 8-bit encoding of Unicode. (Extended characters are multibyte encoded.)

When submitting SMS messages to NowSMS via HTTP, it is also possible to specify which character set you are using. By default, NowSMS assumes UTF-8, but you can include "&charset=xxxxx" in the URL request to specify which character set is being used for the submission.

The output from NowSMS to the SMSC will use the encoding that is appropriate for the SMSC connection.

-bn
Dhanya Palanisamy
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Username: Dhanya

Post Number: 4
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 10:38 am:   

Thanks a lot for your explanantion Bryce. Is this mean Now SMS will be able to handle 140 byte(8 bit) messages? Like, i can submit a SMS made of 8 bit msgs without any problem with the Now SMS and able to receive it?

Thanks,
Dhanya.P
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7507
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 03:31 pm:   

Yes.
Dhanya Palanisamy
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Username: Dhanya

Post Number: 5
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 08:43 am:   

Hi,

Is there any utility through which we can send 8 bit SMS to check?

Thanks,
Dhanya.P

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