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[nycphp-talk] Send/Receive SMS (Text Messaging) with PHP

Jon Baer jonbaer at jonbaer.com
Mon Feb 27 17:38:43 EST 2006


It is currently a huge PITA to obtains shortcodes and provision them  
w/ all the carriers @ the moment (not to mention a monopoly on the  
registry) ...

http://www.usshortcodes.com can get you a CSC for ~$500 per month  
(random) or $1000 for fixed.  And it is the *only* route to go.

For low cost apps, Ive personally used UA ...

http://www.unwiredevents.com/main/app

I normally judge a SMS third-party on their level of integration know- 
how + how quick they reply to emails :-)  Either way easy to setup, I  
just wish doing it all w/ a CSC and trying your luck w/ SMS apps was  
a bit more straight forward ...  Teleflip is also very handy.  But if  
you get serious about it you have to study up on MO (message  
originating) and MT (message terminating) charges to see if its  
worthwhile.

- Jon

On Feb 27, 2006, at 11:33 AM, Keith Casey wrote:

> Peter,
>
> My biggest customer is an SMS provider and if you're trying to send a
> simple SMS, you can normally do something along the lines of  
> sending an
> email to {phonenumber}@{carrier}.  This will normally work for all  
> free
> efforts across the major carriers but is not technically an SMS.
>
> If you are looking to have true SMS capability - like where a user  
> could
> respond via a shortcode - it gets quite a bit more complicated.  For
> this, you need dedicated connections (called binds) to the various
> carriers along with approval from the carriers so they know where to
> route the shortcode.  And the shortcode must be approved/purchased by
> the shortcode authority (like an IP).
>
> On top of that, there are certain requirements - like supporting STOP,
> HELP, etc - that are involved at the carrier level.  If you're looking
> to do premium services, it gets even more fun.
>
> More than anything, it's simply data down the pipe.  I'm working with
> production systems that do it in Java and PHP, so there are efforts  
> out
> there... not sure what the licensing of the code is, but I think  
> that's
> the least of the barriers.
>
> Alternatively, I've been trying to convince my customer to build an  
> API
> and resell some of the services, so people like you might serve to  
> build
> my case.
>
> If you have more/additional questions, feel free to drop me a note.
>
> Keith
>
> Peter Sawczynec wrote:
>> I see that there are ad hoc free scripts/classes/methods for  
>> sending SMS
>> text messages from a PHP script out to a specific
>> telephone company's gateway server...
>>
>> but I'm wondering if anyone on the list has had a past experience  
>> with
>> setting up a client's website application to
>> send and receive SMS text messages.
>>
>> If so, have you used a vendor with servers that send/receive on  
>> your behalf
>> like: http://www.tm4b.com/
>>
>> Has anyone used Teleflip http://www.teleflip.com/teleflip/index.jsp
>> personally or professionally?
>>
>> Any previous experiences would be of interest.
>
> -- 
> D. Keith Casey Jr.
> CEO, CaseySoftware, LLC
> http://CaseySoftware.com
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