Technical Information

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 platform.

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.


3 Reasons Why Enterprises Shouldn’t Build Their Own SMS Gateways

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Enterprises are large companies. Sometimes that means they think they should be able to do everything themselves. But when it comes to SMS messaging, building an in-house gateway is more difficult than you might think. Read why finding a good SMS service provider is a better option.

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…