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NowSMS Spring 2016 Update

New releases of the Now SMS/MMS Gateway and NowSMS Lite are now available (Version 2016.03.28). Downloads are available at http://www.nowsms.com/download-free-trial. Customers with an active Maintenance Agreement can download the 30-day trial version to update a licensed installation. The primary enhancements in this release are performance improvements and a new web user interface. There are...

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NowSMS and Windows 10 Information

We have been testing NowSMS and NowSMS Lite with preview editions of Windows 10 for months. However, today’s release version of Windows 10 presents two issues that we did not encounter with the preview releases. For a new installation, NowSMS and NowSMS Lite 2014 and 2015 versions will both function correctly under Windows 10. There are no special considerations. Existing NowSMS...

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SSL/TLS – SHA-1 deprecation and SHA-256 Support

This post is for the information of any customers using SSL/TLS server functionality in NowSMS. The industry has deprecated the use of SHA-1 signed server certificates, in favor of a more secure algorithm known as SHA-256. SHA is a popular hashing algorithm used by the majority of SSL certificates. As computing power has increased the feasibility of breaking the SHA-1 hash has increased. Plans...

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Operator MMSC without a WAP Gateway (ICAP)

When implementing an MMSC for a mobile operator network, one of the most confusing concepts is how user authentication is usually performed in conjunction with a WAP Gateway. MMS uses the MM1 Protocol (OMA MMS Encapsulation) for transactions between a mobile device and the MMSC. This protocol does not define how the MMSC identifies and authenticates the subscriber when the MMS client on a mobile...

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Android Modem – Problems Receiving SMS with 2-way commands

We have recently encountered 2 different scenarios where SMS and MMS messages could be sent, but not received for 2-way command processing. A key indicator of this problem is when the “SMS Received” counter in the Android app increases, but the “SMS Received” status at the NowSMS server remains blank.   There are two types of configurations that may experience this...

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New Now SMS/MMS Product Editions

In response to a recent customer survey, we have restructured the Now SMS/MMS Gateway product line to offer additional functionality and pricing options that better match customer needs, and now offer multiple purchase options, including monthly payment options. Key NowSMS product functionality includes: Mobile Operator MMSC Multi-protocol SMS & MMS Message Switch High Performance SMS...

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NowSMS / NowMMS Update 2014.05.30

The focus of this release is enhancements for SMS and MMS gateway functionality, with a particular focus on GSM modem configurations (including support for Android phones as modems), e-mail gateway functionality, and automated application processing of both SMS and MMS messages.

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2-Way Commands for SMS and MMS Processing (New 2014 Features)

The 2-Way command feature in NowSMS can be used to build automated SMS and MMS applications.  When an SMS or MMS message is received, NowSMS will evaluate the content of the message, and can either execute a program, or connect to an HTTP URL, based upon the content of the message. The program or script can perform actions based upon the message content, and optionally return a reply. For the...

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EMail to SMS & MMS Gateway with NowSMS

E-Mail to SMS & MMS Gateway with NowSMS Quick Start Guide One of the typical usage cases for NowSMS is as an E-Mail to SMS & MMS Gateway. E-Mail users can send an SMS or MMS message by sending an e-mail message to the NowSMS Gateway. NowSMS converts the message to SMS or MMS format to deliver the message to a mobile phone. If the mobile phone subscriber replies back with an SMS or MMS,...

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EMail to SMS & MMS Gateway with NowSMS Lite

E-Mail to SMS & MMS Gateway with NowSMS Lite: Quick Start Guide One of the typical usage cases for NowSMS is as an E-Mail to SMS & MMS Gateway. E-Mail users can send an SMS or MMS message by sending an e-mail message to a special e-mail address and specifying the recipient phone number at the start of the subject line. Or, instead of a phone number, an address book name or distribution...

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Now SMS/MMS Android Modem – Quick Start Guide

Note: A PDF version of this guide can be downloaded at http://www.nowsms.com/download/nowsms-android-quickstart.pdf. This document is intended to provide a quick start for setting up the Now SMS/MMS Gateway to use an Android modem for sending and/or receiving SMS and/or MMS messages. The configuration steps are similar in NowSMS Lite, however there is a separate Quick Start Guide available...

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NowSMS Lite Android Modem – Quick Start Guide

Note: A PDF version of this guide can be downloaded at http://www.nowsms.com/download/nowsmslite-android-quickstart.pdf. This document is intended to provide a quick start for setting up NowSMS Lite to use an Android modem for sending and/or receiving SMS and/or MMS messages. The configuration steps are similar in the full version of the Now SMS/MMS Gateway, however there is a separate...

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Android Phone Modem Support in NowSMS (Now Available)

NowSMS Beta Release – Android Phone Modem Support New versions of NowSMS and NowSMS Lite will soon be available, and we are looking for beta release feedback. This beta will primarily be of interest to customers who are using, or are interested in using, modem devices to send and receive SMS and MMS messages via NowSMS. The new release will include support for using most standard Android...

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Heartbleed SSL/TLS Fix for NowSMS

If you are using NowSMS with SSL/TLS in a server role, please be advised that OpenSSL is used to provide this functionality, and may be affected by the widely publicized “heart bleed” flaw. To address this issue, an update for the module that provides SSL/TLS functionality (OpenSSL v1.0.1g) is available at http://www.nowsms.com/download/heartbleedfix.zip. This download is a ZIP...

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NowSMS / NowMMS Update 2013.11.15

An updated release of NowSMS is now available for download. Version 2013.11.15 is a critical update for customers using MMSC functionality. This update fixes two different denial of service problems and improves recovery handling of unexpected problems. One problem was new to the 2013.09.26 release and can be triggered by a corrupt message received via an MM4 connection. The other problem affects...

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NowSMS/NowMMS Update (Version 2013.09.26)

An updated release of NowSMS & NowMMS is now available for general release. Existing customers who have a current software update license can use the trial download to update their existing installation.  Please see the Serial # page of the NowSMS configuration program to determine software update eligibility. There are numerous enhancements in this release, some of which have been made...

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SMPP TLV Optional Parameters

The SMPP protocol defines support for optional parameters, known as TLV parameters. Some TLV parameters are defined in the core specification, and NowSMS may use them depending on configuration settings. These TLV parameters include message_payload, source_port, dest_port, sar_msg_ref_num, sar_total_segments, sar_segment_seqnum, payload_type, message_state and receipted_message_id. (There are...

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Burst Mode Licensing Support

Burst mode is a licensing enhancement to help customers better handle bursts of SMS and/or MMS messaging activity. Instead of just tracking message throughput per minute or second, NowSMS also keeps track of activity over the past two hours, and allows unused throughput capacity during that period to be applied as a performance burst. Performance burst activity will provide up to double the...

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Emoticons and Emoji in SMS Text Messsages

Emoticons and Emoji in SMS Text Messsages

Emoticons have long been part of text messaging (and before that e-mail), ranging from simple smileys such as : ) and : – ) to flowers @>–>—.  Traditionally, emoticons have been pictorial representation of a feeling or expression, with that picture being constructed by combining punctuation characters and other standard text characters.  Some messaging clients...

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WAP Push Work-Around for AT&T USA

Some of our customers have been frustrated by an AT&T policy that blocks the sending of mobile originated WAP Push messages.  This prevents WAP Push messages from being sent over a GSM modem.  This blocking affects all messages that are sent via WAP Push, not just service indication messages, but also blocking OMA OTA settings and MMS notifications. A NowSMS customer discovered a potential...

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