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Lol
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 04:26 pm:   

I see the new download link for NowSMS Lite.

What is the difference between NowSMS Lite and the other NowSMS? (NowSMS Heavy?)

lol
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 1010
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 06:41 pm:   

Hi,

I knew somebody was going to ask this question before we had a write-up that explains it.

NowSMS Lite supports a single GSM modem only for outbound SMS and MMS message sending.

By contrast, NowSMS supports SMSC connections using SMPP, UCP/EMI, CIMD2 and HTTP, in addition to GSM modems. NowSMS also supports multiple concurrent SMSC connections.

When we talk about MMS, NowSMS Lite can only send MMS messages out via an operator MMSC using a single GSM modem.

By contrast, NowSMS can be used as a direct delivery MMSC. NowSMS supports MM7, MM4, MM1, SMTP and EAIF connectivity for interfacing with external MMSCs, in addition to GSM modems. NowSMS also supports multiple MMSC connections.

NowSMS Lite is easier to setup and configure, because there aren't as many configuration options. There's only a single GSM modem connection, so there's no complex routing to configure.

NowSMS Lite doesn't include the Multimedia WAP Push and Multimedia Content Push features of the full version of NowSMS.

NowSMS Lite doesn't include the OTA functions of the full version of NowSMS. It also doesn't support any e-mail interfaces.

NowSMS Lite does support 2-way SMS, 2-way MMS ... all the same Java, PHP and command-line script examples that we've provided over the years.

NowSMS Lite also support SMPP clients. What this means is that NowSMS Lite has a built-in SMPP server, so any applications that use the SMPP protocol to send and receive messages can connect to NowSMS Lite where NowSMS Lite will route messages to/from the GSM modem on behalf of the SMPP client.

In a similar fashion, NowSMS Lite also supports MM7 clients. This means that applications that use the MM7 protocol to send and receive MM7 can connect to the NowSMS server, and NowSMS will MMS route messages to/from the GSM modem, performing the necessary message format translations.

All in all, NowSMS Lite has quite a bit of functionality. But it's oriented toward sending/receiving all messages via a single GSM modem.

NowSMS Lite is too limited for the majority of NowSMS customers. But for a lot of "newbies" and less demanding users, it's an ideal solution. The configuration process is so much easier...

NowSMS is an incredibly flexible tool. If you read some of the questions in posts out here, it can be somewhat mind blowing, because customers are using it in such different ways.

But with that flexibility comes complexity. The idea behind NowSMS Lite is to provide a simpler solution for customers with less demanding needs.

If those needs grow to require multiple modems, other types of SMSC connections, it's an easy upgrade from NowSMS Lite to the full version of NowSMS.

I'm not sure if that answers your question or not ...

We do have a newsletter going out in the coming days with more information. Here's some text from it that might provide some more explanation:


quote:

The Now SMS/MMS Gateway is one of the most widely used middleware software solutions for SMS, MMS and WAP Push messaging needs. When asked to explain it, we often refer to it as a Swiss Army Knife of mobile messaging protocols.

Since it's introduction in 2002, we've consistently updated NowSMS to support the widest variety of SMS and MMS protocols, following both the latest industry standards, and the real world variations that make you realise how incomplete the standards are.

We're proud to talk about how well the NowSMS product scales from entry level test-lab configurations to production mobile operator environments.

However, with all of the flexibility of the NowSMS product comes a lot of complexity. That complexity is great for the core technical audience of NowSMS, but it is overwhelming for those that are newer to SMS and MMS messaging technologies, or that have less demanding messaging needs.

The NowSMS Lite edition is designed to send and receive SMS and MMS messages using a single GSM (GRPS/EDGE/3G) modem.

The NowSMS Lite Edition allows clients to submit SMS messages to NowSMS for delivery via the GSM modem, using either the HTTP or SMPP protocols. NowSMS Lite also provides examples for submitting SMS messages from Java, PHP and a command line interface.

Received SMS messages can be routed to an application program using either HTTP, SMPP, or a command-line interface.

The NowSMS Lite Edition allows clients to submit MMS messages for delivery via the GSM modem, using either a proprietary HTTP interface that supports both HTTP GET and POST operations, or using the MM7 protocol. MM7 is a SOAP/XML based protocol that operates over HTTP POST. Additionally, NowSMS Lite provides examples for submitting MMS messages from Java, PHP and a command line interface.

Received MMS messages can be routed from NowSMS Lite to an application program using either MM7, an HTTP interface optimised for PHP, or via a file/directory based interface.




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Des
NowSMS Support
Keith Norris
Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2009 - 05:25 am:   

Des has described the differences between NowSMS Lite and NowSMS (Heavy)very well.

I would just like to add that we also continue to offer our very generous upgrade path between the two products, if you purchase NowSMS Lite and subsequently need NowSMS we offer a full refund on the NowSMS Lite price against the purchase price of NowSMS if that purchase is made within the first year of owning the NowSMS Lite licence or in subsequent years if you have purchased a software upgrade agreeement.

The thinking behind this is that we want to continue to provide the best value we can to start up companies and and established companies that want to develop new services around existing mobile messaging infrastructure.
Olga Rudchenko
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Registered: 07-2009
Posted on Monday, July 20, 2009 - 04:31 pm:   

Can we send SMS on specific port using Lite version?

Thank you.
Product Development
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2009
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 04:37 am:   

Hi,

I was trying to configure NowSMSListe ot be used with Seimens TC65 modem. for some reason the smsliste is failing to register the modem. I had used the same modem before with nowsms and it worked. Is there an additional configuration step I need to do? I am planning to purchase the smslite as it suits my development needs.

Regards
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 1060
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 05:18 pm:   


quote:

Can we send SMS on specific port using Lite version?




Hi Olga,

Yes. There are no limitations of sending SMS to a port number in NowSMS Lite ... it supports it the same was as the full version of NowSMS.

The only caveat is that the modem and mobile operator support port addressing. That's generally not a problem ... except there are some buggy modems (like when you use a Motorola phone as a modem) that don't support UDH. And there are some issues going across mobile operators in environments where there is a mix of both GSM and CDMA carriers.

So it is something that you should try to make sure it works properly for you in your environment. It's a very high probability that it will work ... but that's why we offer the trial version.

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Des
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Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 1061
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 05:28 pm:   


quote:

I was trying to configure NowSMSListe ot be used with Seimens TC65 modem. for some reason the smsliste is failing to register the modem. I had used the same modem before with nowsms and it worked. Is there an additional configuration step I need to do? I am planning to purchase the smslite as it suits my development needs.




Hi,

What error message do you get?

We did find a problem with the initial release of NowSMS Lite in some environments where the configuration settings were not getting saved.

The modem test would be ok, but no messages would get sent.

It was a strange Windows security issue where the configuration program would see one set of configuration files, and the NowSMS service would see a different set of configuration files.

It was possible to get around this problem by running the NowSMS Lite configuration program with Administrative rights.

We corrected this problem in a 2009.07.17 release. So if this sounds like the type of problem that you are seeing, you may want to check the version number of NowSMS Lite. If it is earlier, uninstall, then re-install after downloading the latest version.

Note ... it may also be necessary to delete the files in Users\useracount\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\ProgramData\NowSMS directory. For some reason, when the configuration program was saving its configuration files, Windows was redirecting them here, but the service was reading them from ProgramData\NowSMS.

It's very possible that you're encountering a different problem ... I just mention that as a possibility, since you don't mention what the error is that you are encountering.

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Des
NowSMS Support
Diego Armando Penaloza Escalera
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Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2009 - 07:22 pm:   

i just wanna send & receive sms messages with a Sony Ericsson Phone (modem) i already did with trial version of nowsms, can i do the same if i purchase the nowsms lite?, how much is it? how long for that price? i mean, the licence....and how many text messages can S/R?
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 1328
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2009 - 08:05 pm:   

Hi Diego,

Yes, NowSMS Lite will work pretty much the same in that scenario.

I'd suggest you go ahead and download the NowSMS Lite trial version and give it a try.

If it says that the trial is expired because you previously used the NowSMS trial, then we can reset that for you. Send an e-mail to nowsms@nowsms.com with "Attention: Des" in the subject line ... include the "Installation Reference Code" displayed in NowSMS Lite.

The price is 195 pounds (UK currency). That price is good at least through the end of the year.

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Des
NowSMS Support
Dalton Wright
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:20 pm:   

I would like to make a purchase of The NowSMS 2009 software but I am have some problem making contact to get a price on the product, any help well be appreciated, thank you.
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2013
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 - 05:54 pm:   

Hi,

If your e-mail messages are going unanswered, please feel free to call us. Details at http://www.nowsms.com/contact.htm ... or use the contact form on that page.

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Des
NowSMS Support
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2014
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 - 05:56 pm:   

P.S. - Also check your spam folder in case we sent a reply and you did not receive it. Spam filters can sometimes be a bit over aggressive.
Dalton Wright
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Registered: 04-2010
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010 - 02:16 pm:   

Thank you for your reply, I have received the email.
TJ ELm
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2010
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:33 pm:   

Hi Des

I would like to ask:

Is the speed of the Lite version any slower?

I would like to ask also if you've received my email requesting your price for the sms gateway full license as well as a custom version?

tnx
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2335
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 09:30 pm:   

Hi TJ,

The only thing slower about Lite is that it can only send outbound via a sin gle modem.

I will ask our sales dept to followup and check if they have received an ema il from you (sometimes spam filters block legitimate email so I will ask the m to check). If they haven't replied I will ask them to, and if they have re plied I will ask them to resend.

-- Des NowSMS Support
Chris Sammy
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 05:46 pm:   

Does the trial version of Lite have a limitation to how fast messages can be sent? (no more than 30 per minute for example?).

I've noticed when our queue gets about 60 it sends them out much slower.
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2745
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 07:09 pm:   

Yes, I am not certain of the exact limit, but I believe there is a limit in that range.
Chris Sammy
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Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12:10 am:   

> > > > Is there a way to find out for sure? It makes a difference as to whether = or > not I would move forward with NowSMS. Sometimes I am able to send 30 > messages/second with and other times it will only send a few per minute. > Wanted to know if the program was inconsistent depending on other variabl= es > or if it was just a trial version issue. >

Thanks!

> > >
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2755
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 02:35 pm:   

Faster performance is only available in the full NowSMS product, which is licensed based upon message throughput.
Erwin
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Registered: 02-2011
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:18 pm:   

Hi, sorry if this repost, but I couldn't find the answer for my basic problem although I already browse this site.

I have install now sms lite and I couldn't find my GSM modem listed on nowSMS 1st screen. Can you please help me?

I use Huawei E 160 G.

Thanks for follo up quickly. I need this test run before my 29 day trial period ends.
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2886
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:27 pm:   

Go into the Windows Control Panel, Phone & Modem options. Make sure that your modem appears in the list here. If it does not, you need to install the device drivers for you modem. (Some modems have a built-in USB drive that contains the software to be installed ... others ship with a CD or it needs to be downloaded from the manufacturer web site.)

If it does appear in the modem area of the Windows Control Panel, then it should appear in the list in the NowSMS Lite screen.

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Des
NowSMS Support
Erwin
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Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:33 pm:   

Hi again, if maybe I'm not remember to open this forum, could you please reply my question also to my email address (erwin265@gmail.com).

We have few project using this ability, so I will buy the nowSMS license if this worked properly as what we need.

Thank you very much.
Erwin
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Username: Erwin265

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2011
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:37 pm:   

yes, offcourse the modem has already installed properly and shown at the windows-control panel-phone and modem. It recognized with name "HUAWEI mobile connect - 3G Modem #2" at COM10.

But when I run the now SMS lite, there's only 3 modem shows on the drop down list (Standard modem over bluetooth link, standard modem, and standard modem over bluetooth link #3).

Please advice. Thanks.
Erwin
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Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:40 pm:   

here I give you the screenshot of my explanation above
Erwin
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Registered: 02-2011
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 05:45 pm:   

solved.. it seems nowSMS setup wizard can only show 3 option of my installed modem list. I erase all unused modem and then restart the application and suddenly my huawei appears on the list.

thanks again, now, please give me your price scheme by email.

regards,
erwin
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 2887
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 06:34 pm:   

Hi Erwin,

Thanks for the follow-up. There should be a scroll bar with up and down arrows that allows you to scroll through the modems. Only 3 are displayed at a time.

This scroll bar only shows up if you click on the drop down indicator. (If you click on that arrow pointing down it should display the list with a scrollbar.)

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Des
NowSMS Support
Erwin
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Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 07:25 pm:   

can you email me the pricing scheme? thanks
peter chanq
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Registered: 10-2012
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 09:18 am:   

after reading the above notes, i have a simple question. Does nowsms gateway include all functionalities of nowsms lite?
Des - NowSMS Support
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Username: Desosms

Post Number: 4134
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 04:33 pm:   


quote:

i have a simple question. Does nowsms gateway include all functionalities of nowsms lite?




Yes.

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