What is SMS? SMS, also known as short messaging service, is rage in Europe and parts of Asia. Gradually SMS is gaining momentum in US as a low cost messaging solution. SMS is defined as text messages, up to 160 characters in length, sent to mobile phones. In recent months SMS has become synonymous with any text message sent to a cell phone.
Benefits to SMS SMS is a convenient, cost effective alternative to voice messaging. SMS popularity has grown as a result of: 1.) Cost - SMS is less expensive then airtime used for voice calls or web access. 2.) Non-intrusive - messages are received in a discrete fashion and do not interrupt an individual if they are in middle of a meeting 3.) Integration Capabilities - many software programs can be set up to send text alerts to mobile phones when urgent conditions exist.
Short Messaging Explained Short messages can originate from other phones, personal computers or Internet. Consumers and businesses alike use SMS for remote communication, allowing for staff to be mobile and stay in touch with those who matter.
Who Offers SMS? Today nearly all cellular carriers provide some level of SMS or text messaging capabilities. Cost and features vary, with carriers offering a variety of packages to suit individual or business needs. Typically there are three options that carriers provide: 1.) Free of Charge - text messaging is included as part of a select plan. 2.) Per Message Fee - users are charged per message. 3.) Monthly Fee - a set monthly fee includes a specified number of text messages.
How Do You Send SMS Messages? Messages can be sent a variety of ways, depending on service provider that you use.
SMS Software The most popular way to send text messages is using software. When using software there is no cost associated with sending of messages. Depending on carrier that you are sending to messages can be sent any number of ways. Different carriers use different standards or protocols, common protocols supported by most software is: via modem (TAP, UCP), Internet ((SNPP, WCTP) and via email (SMTP). Software is flexible and often allows for group or scheduled messaging. Another benefit to software is ability to automate processes, sending SMS alerts when specific conditions exist often without need for human interaction.