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Milan
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Username: Heck

Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 03:49 pm:   

I need to receive MMSs trough Nowsms.
- what GPRS modem do you recommend (I would need to connect 10 or so modems to a single PC, so USB modems would be better)?
- would this modem work (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=167&item=4129911066&rd=1)?
- is Mobile Operators policy to charge subscibers for incoming MMS (traffic made while downloading message)?

Thanks.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 2555
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 02:18 pm:   

Hi Milan,

It's hard to say, because nowhere in that listing can I see who the manufacturer is. So I can't check the manufacturer site for more details ... but based upon the information in the specs, it looks like it should work.

The only USB modem that I've seen customers using is the one from iTegno. It seems to be well distributed in southeast Asia, but I haven't really seen it turn up in Europe or the Americas yet (it is a triband like the link).

I'm still more comfortable using a multi-serial port card for this type of configuration, but that's mainly because I don't have any direct experience with these USB modems.

I have seen NowSMS configurations with quite a few iTegno modems connected, however. The one thing that I would recommend with those modems is that in NowSMS v5.5, there is a configuration option that should be set related to receiving SMS messages. I would set "SMS Message Storage" to be "Direct to Modem".


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is Mobile Operators policy to charge subscibers for incoming MMS (traffic made while downloading message)?




This depends on the mobile operator.

If the mobile operator has a separate GPRS APN dedicated for MMS, then you are generally not charged for GPRS access made on this APN. (The APN only allows you to send & receive MMS messages. It does not allow any other data access.)

If the mobile operator uses the same GPRS APN for WAP and MMS traffic, then you are generally charged for data access related to sending/receiving MMS on this APN.

In the UK, you are not charged on T-Mobile or Orange. You are charged on O2 and Vodafone.

In the USA, you are charged (but there are unlimited data plans on some operators like T-Mobile for $19.99/month).

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