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Howard Stewart
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 05:25 pm:   

Hello,

I would like to offer java games for sale, how can your product assist my services. Do i have to host the games on a server or can nowsms do the delivery from my computer for me. Thank You
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2866
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:33 pm:   

Hi Howard,

You could host them on your server, or you could send them out using the Multimedia WAP Push function in NowSMS.

Do note that if you use the Multimedia WAP Push function, you'll want to set the ExpireDynamicLinks setting. Basically, NowSMS creates a dynamic link for every MM WAP Push message, and you'll want to expire those links after the user accesses the content, so that it doesn't get forwarded. This setting must be appiled manually, where you edit MMSC.INI, and under the [MMSC] section header, set an ExpireDynamicLinks=## parameter, where ## is the number of minutes after the link is first accessed before it should be automatically deleted. It is a good idea not to set this value too low, just in case the user has some initial download problems, but a value of 5 is reasonable.

Info on using Multimedia WAP push, and an example PHP script, is shown at the following link:

http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/12/2276.html

Do note that NowSMS is just a middleware component, so you would still require a connection to an SMS service provider to send the actual SMS over the air for the WAP push.

-bn
Howard Stewart
Unregistered guest
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 04:39 pm:   

Hi Bryce,

Thank you for the following information, does it mean that the nowsms software turns the computer into a wap server and i have to keep the computer on for the customers to access the content?. Also can i see when the customers access the content and when they have finish downloading?.

Howard
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2897
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 03:43 pm:   

Hi Howard,

"WAP Server" is sort of an ambiguous term. People often mean different things when they use this term. So let me explain this a little bit ...

In a typical WAP environment, there is a proxy server that sits between the devices and any content servers. When a device wants to request some content, it requests a URL, but issues the request through the WAP Proxy server. With most WAP devices, they use special WAP protcols to talk to the WAP Proxy server, and the WAP Proxy server translates that request to HTTP format to retrieve the content. (With some newer WAP devices, the phones are also using HTTP to talk to the proxy server.)

This "WAP Proxy Server" is most commonly known as a "WAP Gateway". But some people call it a "WAP Server". I think it is better to think of it as a "Proxy" or a "Gateway", because it isn't actually hosting any content.

Anyway, this proxy or gateway generally resides at your mobile operator.

The actual content is served up by a standard web server. The web server just needs to be configured with the appopriate MIME types.

So, in the scenario that I described above, NowSMS acts as a specialised type of web server when serving up the content.

It also acts as a WAP Push Proxy Gateway for generating WAP push messages.

The NowSMS server does need to be on, and connected to the internet in order to support this type of content download.

You can see from the log files when customers connect to download their content. But we also have the "ExpireDynamicLinks" setting that I mentioned above, so that content can be automatically deleted after it is accessed (so that a user can't forward the URL referenced in the WAP push to their friends).

-bn
Howard Stewart
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 04:53 pm:   

Hello Bryce,

If 10 customers purchase content and i use the mutimedia wap push does nowsms supplies 10 different links? and do i need a server for the files if i just do a simple wap push instead of a multimedia wap push.? (for persons who can't receive mms) Thank You.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2908
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 - 02:48 pm:   

Hi Howard,

Yes, 10 different links would be used.

The Multimedia WAP push is a standard WAP push, we're just dynamically generating the content. So there is not a compatiblity issue to consider.

-bn

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