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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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2-way SMS access to Microsoft Office, Excel and VBScript

NowSMS 2-way applications are usually built on web technologies, using PHP or ASP.Net scripting.  But we do get a fair number of support questions from customers who want to use VBScript. The advantage of VBScript is that there are numerous examples available for interfacing with Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and no extra programming tools or environments are required. As a starting point...

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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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Send WAP Push and Binary SMS with Android phone as modem

We’ve posted an interim release of Now SMS/MMS with some additional features requested by customers using Android phones as modems. It should be noted that most Android modems do not support special binary SMS message types such as WAP Push. This update adds support for binary SMS message types with Android modems, but only for HTC phones, or rooted phones, as described below. Version...

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NowSMS Compatibility with Verizon & Sprint

One of the major benefits of supporting Android modems is compatibility with CDMA and LTE based networks. For years, US based customers have asked us about modems that can support Verizon and Sprint. NowSMS has long supported GSM modems. GSM modems are specialized devices that accept a SIM card, and connect to a GSM-based mobile network, but are designed to be used by applications and other...

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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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Editing Distribution Lists and Address Books in NowSMS

One feature of NowSMS that is not very well documented is distribution lists.  Distribution lists are part of the NowSMS web interface, but they are also available for use by other applications.  It is possible to send a bulk SMS message to all of the phone numbers in a distribution list via direct URL submission without using the built-in NowSMS web forms. To keep your distribution lists...

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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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SMPP Character Set Issues

This article provides troubleshooting advice when sending SMS messages with NowSMS and experiencing one or more of the following issues: a.) Some characters such as @, $, £ or € are not correct. b.) Some or all messages are truncated or garbage (possibly only messages over a certain length). c.) Some accented characters are not correct (è, é, etc.) d.) Some or all Greek characters are not...

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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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