Technical Information on SMS in General and Fastsms In Particular

technical information sms text messagingHere you will find articles relating to the technical aspects of SMS Text Messaging in general and, in particular, details on the solutions included in the Fastsms solution.

This will include technical specifications of the Short Message Service (SMS). For example how and why it is limited to 160 characters per message; what character sets are supported by SMS services and what other restrictions apply to what is basically a very simple or even primitive technology. Inevitably this will at times delve into the history of mobile communications which goes back many years.

Coverage will also be given of technical issues related to Fastsms, in the main integration issues. So our API’s will feature – there are two versions – the HTTP API and the XML API. Also Email to SMS will be covered, including the integration possible with Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2010. Technical information on inbound SMS services – Shortcodes and Virtual Reply Numbers – will appear as appropriate.

Much more technical detail can be found in our Fastsms Knowledge Base.

What was the First Smartphone?

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So what was the first ever smartphone available? Here we discuss whether it was the Simon from IBM back in 1992 or maybe the Ericsson GS88, or the Nokia 9000 communicator a year earlier. Whichever it’s hard to imagine a world without smartphones yet almost as difficult to accept they’ve been around for 20 – 25 years.

The 4 Parts of an SMS Message

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The great thing about SMS messaging is how simple it is. You just type, click send, and the other person gets the message almost instantly. But there’s more going on in that simplicity than you might realise. Each message has different parts. Let’s look at them individually so you’ll understand everything that goes into your message when you hit “send”.

What is an SMS gateway? Explained here.

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When you send an SMS message, do you ever wonder what happens after you hit the Send button? The message goes on a crazy trip, extremely fast, to get to the mobile you were trying

Should you worry about your car getting hacked by SMS messages?

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You’re driving down the road when suddenly your windscreen wipers turn on automatically and your car starts slowing down without you pressing the brake. Then, you find your brakes don’t work at all. It’s a potentially

SMS and Two Factor Authentication

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The benefit of using SMS messaging for authentication is that people have their mobiles with them all the time. It’s convenient for them to receive the passcodes quickly so they can get logged in and do their business, whatever that may be. At its simplest, the procedure goes something like this…

Do You Want More Characters in Your SMS Messages?

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Ever wondered why SMS text messages are limited to 160 characters? You might think it was an arbitrary choice but that wasn’t the case. 160 characters was chosen based on scientific research (sort of). Read the history behind it and learn how you can send texts of up to 456 characters now.

NetMessenger API Examples

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The NetMessenger API (Applications Programme Interface) is one of the most important and commonly used SMS solutions offered by Fastsms. It is widely implemented by users and, more particularly, by software developers to add 2 way

API (Application Programming Interface): What is it?

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FASTSMS offer access to their API with all accounts and is available using the following programming protocols; HTTP, SMTP, FTP/SCP and XML. Supporting documentation with sample scripting for PHP, ASP.net and XML is also provided.

Video SEO: PlanetStream guide and best practices

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Video SEO at its core is about the discoverability of your video content through search engines such as Google Video (or any of the other 1000’s of video search engines out there).