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J Roe
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Username: Quantass

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 10:50 pm:   

Here is my understanding of free text messaging as provided by a number of websites. These websites which offer free text messaging (and MMS messaging?) purchase a block of SMS/MMS messages from the mobile operator as a Value Added Seller. From this point the website can resell these blocks of messages to clients. In the free approach I presume these services rely upon advertisement on their website or insert small text ads at the bottom of each sent message.

A method that seems to be in the realm of "free" messaging is submitting through the operator's email gateway. For instance I sent an SMS message to my web-based EMAIL and noted the reply email address. It contained my phone # and a text message email domain of the operator (ie, I simply replied to the message and was able to directly SMS message back to myself. This suggests that one is able to freely SMS any friends on the operator's network thru standard email. I'm figuring most, if not all, mobile operators offer similar style email gateways.

How is my understanding so far?

How do these free methods prevent spamming, or distinguish between spam and an overly active "legitimate" user?

Is there a FAQ, book, article, or web resource for me to refer to for a better understanding of VAS?

Thank you for any comments.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1493
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 07:23 pm:   

Your understanding seems pretty good ... except that the free e-mail to SMS operator gateways pretty much exist only in the USA, not in other parts of the world.

The reason for this is different billing models for SMS on mobile phones in the USA vs. the rest of the world. In most of the world, the sender pays for SMS, and the receiver pays nothing. Therefore, with an e-mail to SMS there is no party to charge.

In the USA, both sender and receiver typically pay. To encourage SMS usage, most operators in the USA have set-up e-mail to SMS gateways, and in that case only the receiver pays.

I don't know how those free methods prevent spamming, although I am sure that they must have some controls on them. (I believe that there are also legal issues involved that prohibit spamming of a mobile phone, especially as it is the receiver that gets paid. But I don't know how that can reliably be enforced internationally.)

As for being a VAS ... normally I'd call someone in this business an "SMS Aggregator". They buy in bulk capacity and resell, similar to how things work for traditional long distance telecom.

In addition to purchasing from an operator, the operators have interconnection agreements with each other. So you might buy SMS access from an aggregator dealing with a foreign mobile operator that provides better rates to deliver to your local operator than you would be able to achieve locally. (Speed and performance, of course, become an issue.)

You could also become a mobile operator and negotiate your own interconnection agreements ... but most independents who have gone this route have done it through a tight partnership with an existing mobile operator.

I'm not sure that there are any books on this. Basically it's a game of margins and searching out the lowest prices. And it is constantly evolving as interconnection agreements expire and new ones are signed ....
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Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 01:59 am:   

Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 1539
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 - 05:55 pm:   

Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 08:33 am:   

having problems finding a site offering free sms now lycos has ceased, anyone aware of a steady site ?
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 07:51 am:   

Need to know who can offer SMS services for USA based customers for our service. We want a number that a text message can be sent and we can download it from the internet
Alberto Lopez
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Username: Osssua

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 - 03:05 pm:   

So, how do aggregator usually work?
Don't they ever use the free e-mail gateway system? Does these kind of free gateways provide any guarantees?

And what if the aggregators don't want to charge for the message termination. Can they agree with the operator only them to be charged (for both sending and receiving)?

And, one last question, do aggregator usually pick one provider and send everything through them or connect to all the major providers? how do they know which provider to send the SMS through?

Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2004 - 11:09 am:   

download yahoo messenger it has a free sms
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 02:44 pm:   

Just new to all this text messaging via the internet. How do I send a text message from the uk to a mobile in Portugal (UK mobile)
abdul elah saleh
Unregistered guest
Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2004 - 06:13 am:   

Dear Sir,

i have purchased yesterday 1000 sms unit i have not received credit on my account and l am not sure if purchased was once or twice please check
transaction ID CHDGGODAD4WRA42HH
date 7.7.04
time 15.30

Kenneth Torres Hernandez
Unregistered guest
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 11:42 am:   

Renata Sobala
Unregistered guest
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 08:26 pm:   

może pikantny czacik?czekam na zaproszenie do erotycznej pogawędki...RENE}
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 10:38 pm:   

are you getting this waz
Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 - 05:45 am:   

hi r u getting me
New member
Username: Max

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 - 05:45 pm:   

i need free sms
Unregistered guest
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 10:57 am:   

Unregistered guest
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 08:46 am:   

we r the providers of bulk sms.if anybody intrested to do business with us can do e.mail on
kavita titititititti
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 10:40 am:   

hi its tooooooo
funny here}
Unregistered guest
Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 10:51 am:   

Unregistered guest
Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 10:20 pm:   

HI... for some FREE SMS:
(not sure how many you can use in a day but, it seems like a lot and DID WORK to a US Verizon mobile while I was on my PC in UK).

and try (not sure how it is or, how "FREE" it is):


The is the same as the version but, is definitely free (as near as I can tell) as it is the trial version. It is the second download on the page.

HOPE THIS HELPS someone somewhere.
Unregistered guest
Posted on Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 10:21 am:   

would like to download yahoo hotmail
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 10:32 am:   

Free SMS to India
All GSM CDMA Networks Covered.
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 07:15 pm:   

i can understand if u dnt wanna tlk 2 me or see me but i cant just egnor this till ur readi coz its killin me , just know tht i love you spike and nothin u say will ever change
New member
Username: Pixel

Post Number: 7
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 12:03 pm:   

Has anyone at nowsms (ie bryce) thought about making this forum locked down, rather than open to anyone without a login, it might stop the kiddies using it as a chat forum.

For example, I don't think the fact that "anonymous loves spike" is really relevant to any sms based discussion.

If you want to chat, use IM
Satheesh kumar
Unregistered guest
Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2005 - 05:15 pm:   

Dear Mr Bryce,
somewhere on the top of this page you said that email-to-sms gateway is not available outside US.
This is .....""FOOLISH"" dont know whats happening outside your cave. In INDIA almost all networks are having Email-to-Sms gateway.My friend from China told me they too have it. Its available in Srilanka....and where not?
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 04:44 am:   

commenting on a message that is dated 2 years back...

man... hell lots of things would have happened...
lakshmi sri
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Username: Lilly

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 03:56 pm:   

[moderator note: spammers go away]

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