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

Hi,

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



thanks,
mark
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:

http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/225.html
http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/383.html

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.

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

Hi
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

Amir
amir.lalji@nibpk.com
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:

[SMS]
PhoneNumber=RecipientNumberHere
Data=text of the message

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

Sender=SenderNumberHere
UDH=HexStringWithUserDataHeader
DCS=xx
PID=xx
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.

-bn

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