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[liberationtech] bulk sms

Chris Csikszentmihalyi robotic at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 19:45:51 PST 2015


Richard, can you further define "exotic"?  To whom?  Some further
information about your application would help, too.

In many of the places I've worked there is no email to sms gateway.  Many
of the telcos use switches that don't have the option built in, and even
when they do, when only a few percent of their users are on email regularly
it's not a pressing issue.  In these cases the first choice is usually to
go with local SMS bulk aggregators; in my experience they can get much
cheaper prices than what Tropo or Clickatell can give.  They (iirc) have
their own gateway, and make a deal with the telcos to forward certain
numbers, then give you some kind of interface or API for making the bulk.

You might want to check the UReport project from UNICEF; their stuff is on
github.  It was developed in Uganda but they are deploying it now in
Burundi and several other countries.  They send tens of thousands of survey
sms messages, then get pretty high return rates back, and had to build a
rabbit/celery queuing system to avoid dropped responses.

Lastly, you can also set up your own Kannel instance on a server and
negotiate with the telcos directly.  This is probably the cheapest route,
but it can take a _long_ time so it only works when you have a lot of
runway.

C.



On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM, ITechGeek <itg at itechgeek.com> wrote:

> If anyone wants more help setting something up to send msgs through these
> gateways, you can contact me off line.
>
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> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM, ITechGeek <ITG at itechgeek.com> wrote:
>
>> Almost all carriers have a gateway to the effect of <phone
>> number>@<carriers domain>
>>
>> Like to send an email to my phone as an SMS, it would be <my cell #>@
>> tmomail.net (T-Mobile USA), Verizon I believe is <cell #>@vtext.net and
>> AT&T I believe is <cell #>@txt.att.net.
>>
>> There are a number of lists on the Internet listing carriers (some are
>> out of date).
>>
>> Here are a couple of lists:
>> http://martinfitzpatrick.name/list-of-email-to-sms-gateways/
>> http://www.emailtextmessages.com/
>> http://sms-gateway-service.com/?page_id=13
>> http://www.sweetnam.eu/index.php/List_of_Internet_to_SMS_gateways
>> http://www.opentextingonline.com/emailtotext.aspx
>>
>> I would suggest contacting someone using a carrier you want to send to
>> and do a test to confirm the gateway is active or search the company's
>> website, most company's list it somewhere on their website (although I've
>> seen a few carriers not list it on their website).
>>
>> Likewise most carriers also allow for outgoing msgs to Internet Email.
>> Usually you send the msg to a carrier specific shortcode (I think T-Mobile
>> USA is 550), although some carriers allow you to just enter the to address
>> in place of the number you are sending to.
>>
>> On the Internet side these gateways are free, but remember on the cell
>> side the person pays whatever their standard txt rates are.
>>
>> Since I have an unlimited text plan, I use this mostly for having alerts
>> sent to my phone (things like server outages and alerts from my home
>> automation system).
>>
>> Also any company that sends a text to your cell phone that the from
>> address looks like an email address, they're normally sending through these
>> gateways (and they normally asked you who your cell carrier is).
>>
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>> On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Richard Brooks <rrb at g.clemson.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Which gateways have you used? Of particular interest
>>> is sending to rather exotic destinations.
>>>
>>> On 1/1/2015 4:15 PM, ITechGeek wrote:
>>> > My preferred method is using email to sms gateways.
>>> >
>>> > On your side that becomes free (depending on how you send the emails).
>>> > Most providers have  a disclaimer of no guarantee of delivery via the
>>> > gateways, but I have yet to lose an email that way.
>>> >
>>> > Is mission critical, I would just use a service like Twilio which will
>>> > charge per msg, but not hard to set-up.
>>> >
>>> >
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>>> > On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Eduardo Robles Elvira
>>> > <edulix at agoravoting.com <mailto:edulix at agoravoting.com>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >     Hello:
>>> >
>>> >     I have used multiple services. I currently use esendex as an SMS
>>> >     sender provider, which is a spanish company (I'm from Spain). We
>>> have
>>> >     used other services. Some important facts:
>>> >     * sending SMS to most of the countries costs the same
>>> >     * if you don't care if some messages don't reach their destination
>>> or
>>> >     take hours, then go for the cheapest provider. that's good for
>>> sending
>>> >     publicity for example. In the other hand, if you do care about the
>>> SMS
>>> >     reaching always to the destination, and if you want that to happen
>>> >     fast, then find a quality provider. In my experience esendex is
>>> good
>>> >     (they specialized in that, for example in sending "sms
>>> authentication
>>> >     codes"), but there are probably other better providers in other
>>> >     countries.
>>> >     * the providers might be able to send 20-50 sms/second. You could
>>> >     scale to do more by using multiple providers at the same time.
>>> >
>>> >     There are other services specialised in sending SMS, Amazon for
>>> >     example http://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/SMSMessages.html
>>> >     those I haven't used yet.
>>> >
>>> >     Regards,
>>> >     --
>>> >     Eduardo Robles Elvira     @edulix             skype: edulix2
>>> >     http://agoravoting.org       @agoravoting     +34 634 571 634
>>> >     <tel:%2B34%20634%20571%20634>
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >     On Thu, Jan 1, 2015 at 5:41 PM, Richard Brooks <rrb at g.clemson.edu
>>> >     <mailto:rrb at g.clemson.edu>> wrote:
>>> >     > Anyone willing to share experiences on setting up
>>> >     > (or using) an Internet to SMS interface...
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