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Ryan
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Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 10:07 pm:   

Hello.
I've developed a rather simple mms application that basically consists of sending mms text, photos, & graphics to any user who wishes to receive this info and has an mms compatible mobile device. I've tested it using an emulator provided by Openwave and everything worked out fine during the testing phase.
My next step is to set up my system to deliver these mms messages to the various subscribers through an MMSC and it sounds like Now SMS/MMS is the solution I'm looking for.
Also, my application will need to be able to work with as many different brands of mobile phones as possible.
So my questions are:

1)Will I need to purchase anything else besides Now SMS/MMS (and it sounds like I'll also need a GSM Modem)?

2) Will I need to pay any additional monthly costs or fees per every mms message sent out to any other service provider besides NOW SMS/MMS?

3) I live in the U.S. I believe you're located in the U.K. Will this be a problem?

Thanks for your help.

-Ryan


Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
Board Administrator
Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2044
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 12:44 am:   

Hi Ryan,

Apologies for the delay in response. In the week since you posted this message, I suspect that you've made some more progress.

Basically, NowSMS is not a service, it is software. The software is designed to be independent of any particular service providers.

To send out messages, you need a connection to an SMS service provider and/or a GSM modem.

If you send out messages through a GSM modem, you will pay charges to your mobile operator associated with the subscription that is used to provide service to the GSM modem. Basically, a GSM modem is a specialised type of modem that runs on the mobile network ... it accepts a SIM card which contains your subscriber information on the GSM network, just like a GSM mobile phone accepts a SIM card.

Your mobile operator will charge you for messages sent/received over that GSM modem.

With MMS, you have choices of either performing direct delivery, or submitting MMS messages through the operator MMSC. (See http://support.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/589.html.) Which approach you use depends on the MMS configurations of your mobile operators.

In the US, I believe that direct delivery is currently ok with the different GSM operators ... T-Mobile, Cingular and AT&T Wireless. I don't believe those providers have any MMS interconnections, so the direct delivery approach would be the better solution. (In many other countries, because of the closed MMS configurations of the mobile operators, delivery through an operator MMSC is often the only solution.)

-bn

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