GSM modem

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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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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Issue Receiving MMS over GSM Modem on Orange UK

We’d like to draw some attention to an issue that was reported (and quickly diagnosed) on our discussion forum last month. A customer reported that they were no longer able to process received MMS messages using a GSM modem on the Orange  network in the UK. There are a variety of potential causes, such as a SIM not being enabled for MMS support, or incorrectly provisioned Operator MMS...

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SMS and MMS with the Novatel Merlin XU870 ExpressCard Modem

If you are using NowSMS in a laptop with an available ExpressCard slot, the Novatel Wireless Merlin XU870 ExpressCard Modem is a good modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. This modem supports HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps (although locating the appropriate firmware driver update seems to be a challenge, without it, it is limited to 3.6 Mbps). That is good for receiving...

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SMS and MMS with the Alcatel One Touch X200 or X060 USB Modem

The Alcatel One Touch X200 and X060 USB Modems are good (but not great) modems to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. For alternative modems, please see our other reviews: http://www.nowsms.com/tag/gsm-modem For general information on configuring NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages with a GSM modem, such as the Alcatel One Touch X200 or X060, please see the...

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T-Mobile (USA) 3G WebConnect USB Modem – Not for MMS

Update – February 1, 2011: Problems sending MMS messages with a 3G modem on T-Mobile USA can be resolved by using alternate MMSC settings: GPRS APN: epc.tmobile.com WAP Gateway Address: http://216.155.165.50:8080 MMS Server URL: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc End-users of T-Mobile USA have been asking us for feedback on modems that can work on T-Mobile’s 1700Mhz...

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SMS and MMS with the Huawei E160 USB Modem

The Huawei E160 is an “ok” modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. This modem is readily available in many countries, as many mobile operators sell this modem as part of a mobile broadband package. (In the UK alone, we’ve seen this modem offered by 3, O2 and T-Mobile. Unlocked versions of this modem are avaialable from multiple web...

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SMS and MMS with the Option ICON 225 USB Modem

The Option ICON 225 is an excellent modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. This modem is readily available in many countries, as many mobile operators sell this modem as part of a mobile broadband package. (The modem that we tested was sold by Orange UK, but unlocked versions of this modem are avaialable from multiple web sites. T-Mobile sells it as...

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SMS and MMS with the Sierra Wireless Compass 885 USB Modem

The Sierra Wireless Compass 885 USB Modem is a very good modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. This modem is readily available in the United States, as AT&T sells it as the “AT&T USBConnect Mercury”. While this modem works extremely well with NowSMS once it is installed, it can be very difficult modem to install. The reason for this is because...

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SMS and MMS with the Option ICON 322 USB Modem

The Option ICON 322 is an excellent modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. This modem is readily available in the United States, as AT&T sells it as the “AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver”. If you are using an unlocked version of this modem, do not install the software that is included on the USB drive of the modem, which may be branded for a specific...

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SMS and MMS with the Novatel MC950D USB Modem

The Novatel Wireless Ovation MC950D USB Modem is a very good modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. Drivers for this modem can be found on the Novatel Wireless web site at http://www.novatelwireless.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139&Itemid=305. (If this direct link is broken, navigate from http://www.novatelwireless.com/support/.) There...

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SMS and MMS with the SonyEricsson MD300 or MD400 USB Modem

The SonyEricsson MD300 USB Modem is a very good modem to use with NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. When attempting to add the MD300 modem to NowSMS, you may encounter the error “Modem does not properly support command for sending SMS (AT+CMGS)”. This is due to a power management feature of the modem. You may notice that there when using the SonyEricsson Wireless...

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NowSMS Lite">Introducing NowSMS Lite

The Now SMS & MMS Gateway is one of the most widely used middleware software solutions for SMS, MMS and WAP Push messaging needs. When asked to explain it, we often refer to it as a Swiss Army Knife of mobile messaging protocols. Since it’s introduction in 2002, we’ve consistently updated NowSMS to support the widest variety of SMS and MMS protocols, following both the latest...

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Sierra Wireless 881 USB Modem (881U) and NowSMS

The Sierra Wireless 881 USB Modem (881U) is a good modem to use with NowSMS. However, it can be a frustrating modem to get properly configured.  The reason for this is because the primary market for this modem (and other USB modems) is to provide internet connectivity. If you’re looking at using this modem (or a similar modem) with NowSMS, it’s probably best not to purchase the...

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NowSMS and Multitech CDMA Modem

NowSMS is primarily used for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages in GSM environments. In GSM environments, there have been long established standards for special “AT commands” used for sending and receiving SMS messages using a GSM modem interface. We sometimes get questions about using NowSMS with operators that use CDMA technology. This question comes up most frequently in...

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GSM Modem CMS Error Code List

When sending and/or receiving SMS messages with a GSM modem, if an error occurs, the modem will report a “+CMS ERROR” with a numeric code to indicate the reason for the problem. These error codes are defined in the ETSI GSM specifications, specifically GSM 07.05, GSM 03.40 and GSM 04.11. I posted a list of CMS ERROR codes on the NowSMS discussion board almost 5 years ago at...

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Faster GSM Modem Speeds with SMS over GPRS

With the v4.11 release of the Now SMS & MMS Gateway, the GSM modem interface has been optimised to support faster message transmission, particularly when used on devices and networks that support SMS over GPRS. With traditional SMS over GSM links, it was only possible to achieve an SMS transmission speed of 6 to 10 messages per minute, depending on network factors. However, with SMS over...

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