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Topic # 11191 8-Jan-2007 22:28
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Hello all,

I was wondering if someone can point me to any documentation or offer advice on the options for sms enabling an online application which needs to send sms alerts to NZ customers on either of the main telco's.

I have zero knowledge in the subject but as the poor guy who needs to look into this any help would be great! I am a developer by trade so geek is good.

The requirements are low cost, speed of sending the sms message and an api offered.

I have noticed one company in NZ offering 18 cents per sms!! Thats not good!

This company seems to be okay but not sure on the speed since they are off shore
http://www.clickatell.com/

Cheers

Zanis


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  Reply # 57271 8-Jan-2007 22:45
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Thank you for your reply. From their website it seems to be a very quick process to get signed up, content to their sms servers via an api and then managed the billing.

I suppose what bugs me is there seems to be no cheap alternative in NZ though I need to do more research.

Are they cheap in regards to the cost of sending sms?

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  Reply # 57273 8-Jan-2007 22:59
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From the operators:
Telecom do offer a 'ETXT' service which allows one to send out alerts from email addressses (just use your email client and send it to number@etxt.co.nz), rates are not too bad.
10c (exl gst) per message sent to each Telecom Mobile
17c (exl gst) per message sent to 021 and 029 handsets

Vodafone offer one 'TXTmail' too
However it is priced slightly different based upon on the rate of SMS sent: 0-5000 = 17c (exl GST) while 5001+ = 15c (exl GST)..

Both of them have set up fees and monthly fees too.

I think you might find that providers like clickatel might give more bang for your buck...




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  Reply # 57274 8-Jan-2007 23:06
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Hello cokemaster,

Yes I think you are right. Even if the pricing on the clickatel website is USD its still far cheaper than 18 cents NZD as offered by this local provider - how insane is that!

http://www.net24.co.nz/isms.php

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  Reply # 57276 8-Jan-2007 23:26
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Hmmm maybe I was too quick in bagging the locals.

To send a sms to a Telecom mobile costs 2.5 credits which in NZD is .8 NZD per credit which means it will cost me .21 NZD (cents)!

I think thats right using the calculator below and the pricing sheet (second link)
http://www.clickatell.com/brochure/pricing.php

http://www.clickatell.com/brochure/coverage/coverage.php?mo=&country_id=201&expand=

Am I correct in my calculations?


Cheers

Marc

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