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Hussam Dahbour
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Username: Hussam83

Post Number: 10
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, December 20, 2010 - 08:54 pm:   

Dear Des,
When trying to send MMS to alias:12345678, it failed because it handled by gateway as below:
While it should be:
Waiting your feedback

Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2773
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 01:40 pm:   

Hi Hussam,

We are willing to try this.

It would be much easier if this particular provider had some documentation and/or examples.

I've reviewed the MMS specifications, and a recipient address of the format "alias:12345678" should be considered a short code.

Here is a section of the specification that describes the 3 address formats (e-mail address, number or alphanumeric short code).


1.if it contains the “@” character, the address should be interpreted as an FQDN RFC822 address
2.if it is completely numeric, except possibly including “+”, “*”, or “#”, it should be interpreted as "/TYPE= PLMN", e.g. an E.164 address, a local telephone number, or a numeric short code,
3.otherwise, it should be interpreted as an unqualified RFC822 address (alphanumeric short code)

We will change the behaviour for the AllowAlphaRecip=Yes setting to use <Number> instead of <ShortCode> in this instance to see if this resolves the issue with using alias/distribution lists with this particular provider. A test version with this behaviour change has been uploaded to

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