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Robert Chung
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Username: Chungr

Post Number: 1
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 07:45 pm:   

I want to send text messages from my PC to Telus' Mike phones using Telus' Net Alert service in Canada. Net Alert is more reliable than SMS and it doesn't use SMS protocols.
It requires the sender to be a Push Initiator of Mobile Access Gateway 6 or MAG6 (UP.Link Messenger), is this the same as WAP Push? Can I use Now SMS/MMS Gateway for this?

If so, what kind of modem I will need?
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7617
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 08:56 pm:   

Hi Robert,

NowSMS does support being configured as a push initiator so that any of the WAP Push message types are delivered to a WAP Push Proxy Gateway (PPG) using the Push Access Protocol (PAP).

But this is a very unusual configuration. We support this mode of operation primarily for mobile operators who are using NowSMS as an MMSC, but want to route the MMS notifications via an existing push proxy gateway instead of using the built-in functionality.

The configuration is described in the following document:

http://www.nowsms.com/support/bulletins/tb-nowsms-007.htm

I doubt it would work for you ... however, as we only support regular HTTP ... not HTTPS (SSL/TLS). And as I recall, when one of the US operators used to have a similar service available (they discontinued it), I think they required you to use HTTPS, and they issued you a client certificate that you had to use when connecting to the service ... which was how you authenticated.

All of this happens over TCP/IP ... no modem involved. And in the particular case that I'm thinking of, it was over the internet which is why they used SSL/TLS with a client certificate.

I'd be interested in hearing more about this ... but I suspect it probably wouldn't be a good fit for NowSMS unless you needed to send some more advanced types of WAP push message. If they truly are using the Openwave MAG, the operator would probably want you to use tools provided by Openwave for the push initiator.

-bn
Robert Chung
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Username: Chungr

Post Number: 2
Registered: 06-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 03:11 pm:   

Thanks for your reply.
Yes, in my case everything happens over TCP/IP. When I approached Telus about its Net Alerts, this is the configuration requirement I received:
- Customer should not be using Dynamic DNS service
- Customer should point notifications to wap2.telusmobility.com port 4445

I think HTTP is used instead of HTTPS. I do not think a client certificate is required. But I will need to tell Telus my IP address so that their servers won't deny my access to them.
Bryce Norwood - NowSMS Support
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Username: Bryce

Post Number: 7632
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 08:57 pm:   

Give it a try, based on that document, and let's see what happens...putting the following in MMSC.INI:

[WAPPPG]
URL=http://wap2.telusmobility.com:4445


The username and password fields can probably just be left blank. (If present, they just cause us to build a basic authentication Authorization: header.)

Enable the MMSCDEBUG.LOG, and try sending a simple WAP Push via the NowSMS web interface. The MMSCDEBUG.LOG should show what we posted to them, and what the response was.

-bn

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