The noted social scientist said that the entire world has developed into a global village. Nothing illustrates this better than the emergence of the mobile phone. A century ago, the wireless radio, the phone and also the cable made possible the act of communication, by sending and receiving of messages. Today a SMS message takes a couple of seconds to arrive at a cell phone, anywhere in the world through the magic of undersea cables, satellite transmission and local cell towers. It is a vast improvement from the conventional methods of messenger, pigeon post, sea mail, as well as the ubiquitous postman.
It is a vastly different world where your trusty cellular phone becomes the best communication medium when in festivities, family occasions like birthdays, wedding days, anniversaries and emergencies. It requires a few seconds to write and a second to deliver it. Lovers, young and old, discover it useful as the messages remain private and ‘for your eyes only’ with none being aware about it. It seems like perfect the I Love You message you send reaches the intended destination straight and true as an arrow. Obviously, if the recipient’s telephone number is actually a wrong number, you may have had it.
SMS messages can be short and sweet, or so long as you like, the only real limitation being they tend not to exceed 150 characters. When this happens, the message is split up and sent as separate messages of 150 characters each. Book publishers have appreciated this and therefore are sending best sellers email alerts via sms to interested book lovers. Some SMS messages can bring the senders lots of prizes through contests, sweepstakes and lucky predictions.
SMS messages are cheap because cell phone providers provide the facility either for free or in a affordable price. Associations, professional organizations, social welfare societies such as the Lions and Rotary Clubs, welcome the facility of sending SMS messages announcing upcoming meetings, membership arrears payment dates, payment due alerts and acknowledgments of fee and subscription payments received.
Schools, colleges and other educational facilities think it is helpful to send short communications of impending semester dates, examinations and results along with fee payment due alerts to students and their parents. Students and parents appreciate the relevant information within the messages.
Credit card providers, banks and finance institutions and marketing companies are able to generate new company from existing consumer database through this medium to remind customers of payment or renewal dates, new offers available, or as a way of addressing customer complaints.
And laughing all the way to the financial institution would be the mobile providers, who earn a windfall amount in additional revenue by splitting the premium SMS message call charges using the companies. The most famous way to send sms messages is applying software. When using software there is no cost associated with the sending of messages. Depending on the carrier that you will be sending to messages could be sent any number of ways. Different carriers use different standards or protocols, the normal protocols maintained by most software is: via modem (TAP, UCP), the web ((SNPP, WCTP) and via email (SMTP). Software is flexible and quite often enables group or scheduled messaging. An additional benefit to software is the ability to automate processes, sending SMS alerts when specific conditions exist often without bqcgzh necessity for human interaction.
Public gateways are also known as SMSC or SMS centers. The centers typically run a robust software program (like advanced versions of the stated earlier) and subscribe to a large database that allows for your messages to get routed for the appropriate carriers utilizing the appropriate settings. When utilizing an SMSC the sender incurs a per message charge. Cost will be different depending on the SMSC employed to send the content but its not unusual for it to cost .05 per message.