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Mark G
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Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 10:11 pm:   


what is best way to broadcast a message to thousands of mobile clients using your product?

Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1833
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 08:01 pm:   

Hi Mark,

Apologies for the delay getting back to you.

I don't know that there is any best way.

If it is the same lists each time, then a lot of people like to use the Distribution lists facility in NowSMS:

You can also submit a message via HTTP and include multiple phone numbers in the phone number field by separating the numbers with a "," (comma). However, in that interface, you must limit the list to 8000 characters per request, so for larger requests, you must break your request into separate smaller requests.

Amir Lalji
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 08:13 am:   

we are testing out your product for a push sms service for our clients. We are interested in broadcasting sms, each to different cell number (obviously)carrying a different message.
Is there a way to achieve that where we can put a txt file and NOW gateway picks up the destination cell number, sends the specified msg, then move to next.
Would appreciate a quick response

Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1889
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 03:34 pm:   

Hi Amir,

Unfortunately, we don't have a simple text based interface. Although as I think about it, it seems obvious that this is something that we should add to make bulk submissions easier.

If your messages are simple text messages, I guess there is an interface that you could use.

If you create a file with an extension of .REQ in the "Q" subdirectory of NowSMS, NowSMS will treat this as a message file, and send it out.

The format of the .REQ file is a text file with the following required fields:

Data=text of the message

Other fields that can be included in this file under the [SMS] header are:

Binary=1 (indicates that the message is binary, and the "Data" parameter is a hex string)

Normally, only NowSMS creates these files in the Q directory, so it does expect any binary messages to be pre-encoded. But this interface could be quite convenient for posting text messages.


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