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# 21159 17-Apr-2008 13:25
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Hey there,
We are currently developing a new website, and require an SMS solution to build into the site.

We need users to be able to enter a list of names and cellphone numbers. Each person is then sent a text asking them to visit our website and enter their unique ID. At present, users enter a list of names and email addresses asking them to visit our website and enter this ID, but we're wanting to add the option of sending out SMS msg's. The system doesn't need to be able to receive texts back from the user, we only have 1-way requirements, however if it's nothing extra to be able to receive SMS messages back, that would be cool.

I've done a bit of searching around on here... and seems that clickatell is the way to go? I've sent them an email and will see what they come back with... Was also wondering how hard it would be to get an old GSM (Vodafone) phone, get $10 /2000 texts set up, and also a GPRS (telecom) phone with $10 /2000 texts, and have the computer decide if its 021 or 027 and send the message through that phone? As this works out to be 0.005cents per msg, rather than 8cents (with clickatell)

Or even if we just used one phone? or would it probably work out cheaper (and easier) just to go with clickatell...

Hoping someone on here has tried a similar thing and can shead some advice on which path we should try steer down.

Thanks in advance for the help :D

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  # 124383 17-Apr-2008 13:36
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It truly all depends on the client base, most of the time you would be OK with clickatel, as no 'hardware' required, depending on where you host the site, the hosting company may not want to have a modem attached. So I am afraid clickatel is best, and there are other gateway provider in oz etc, but they're expensive



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  # 124385 17-Apr-2008 13:38
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The actual website will be hosted with a hosting company (for speed and reliability) however we have our own server (for testing) that we could hook a mobile up to, and then have the website talk to this server and then send the message through there.

 
 
 
 


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  # 124386 17-Apr-2008 13:41
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Confirm with your hosting company if they will allow a CDMA modem if you want to go with telecom or a GSM modem if you want to go with Vodafone. If they're happy then sure if not clickatell is best as it is easy enough to implement.


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  # 124463 17-Apr-2008 18:38
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Why reinvent the wheel? There are a couple of good NZ based SMS gateways that you can use for two way communications.  Also because the messages originate from a local number, when a person replies they don't get charged for an international txt.

Do you really want to muck around with learning APIs for different mobile phones for the two networks, just to save a couple of cents here and there?

I can't remember the company's that have the SMS gateways, do a search on Google.

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  # 124468 17-Apr-2008 18:42
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Bulletin wireless gets the thumbs up from me.

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  # 124470 17-Apr-2008 18:45
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nate: Why reinvent the wheel? There are a couple of good NZ based SMS gateways that you can use for two way communications. Also because the messages originate from a local number, when a person replies they don't get charged for an international txt.

Do you really want to muck around with learning APIs for different mobile phones for the two networks, just to save a couple of cents here and there?

I can't remember the company's that have the SMS gateways, do a search on Google.


Well yeah I guess, but looks like these guys are only wanting one way, and the costs of local gateways are ... hmm expensive, he's arguing between 8 and 5 c let alone I think about 12c for a local from memory.



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  # 124471 17-Apr-2008 18:45
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There is a huge difference in price between NZ Gateways, and US ones... Clickatell will show the text as coming from my local NZ number, so the users dont get stung with international texts (if they even reply - we only require 1-way communication)

Im thinking clickatell is going to be the best option, rather than spending a lot of time and money to go down the cellphone route...

 
 
 
 


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  # 127148 29-Apr-2008 19:56
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What kind of number do the txts from those type of services appear to come from?

I am assisting with a web development that will require the use of an SMS gateway to send/receive txts from customers. We were hoping to get a unique 3 or 4 digit number for customers to send txts to and also to be the number the txts come from (like SMS promotions advertised on TV etc have).
Can the services mentioned in this thread provide that? Or can someone suggest where I inquire about this?

Cheers

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