2009

NowSMS Group Text Messaging

The NowSMS Group Text feature is designed to facilitate group communications over SMS. At it’s core, it’s about sending a single text message, and having that text message automatically forwarded to a group of people. NowSMS Group Text is a free add-on for the Now SMS & MMS Gateway and NowSMS Lite. NowSMS Group Text will only work with NowSMS or NowSMS Lite versions 2008.06.03...

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Bug Sending Long Binary SMS Messages to Java Apps on Motorola Devices

One of the more interesting technical support incidents of the past week comes from Mohit Kumar Sethi at 3i Infotech Consumer Services Ltd. Mohit is using NowSMS Lite to send binary SMS messages to a Java application that his company is developing. He noticed that when sending SMS binary messages longer than 140 bytes, the messages were received correctly by Nokia and SonyEricsson devices,...

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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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Using NowSMS as a WAP Push Proxy Gateway (PPG)

NowSMS supports the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Push Access Protocol (PAP), which allows other applications to use NowSMS as a WAP Push Proxy Gateway (PPG). Even though NowSMS has its own MMSC capability, we do have customers who are using NowSMS as a push proxy gateway for another vendor’s MMSC. In addition to providing PPG support for MMS, NowSMS can be used as a push proxy gateway for...

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Sending SMS from Microsoft Excel

A recent posting on the NowSMS Discussion Board has some interesting information on sending an SMS a link within an Excel spreadsheet. Read the full post here: http://www.nowsms.com/discus/messages/1/41882.html The gist of the posting is that you cannot use the Excel HYPERLINK command to do this. It would be logical to build a NowSMS URL to send a message, but the HYPERLINK command connects to...

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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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Using NowSMS with Check Point Connectra

Disclaimer: This information is neither validated nor endorsed by Check Point Software Technologies. It has come to our attention that the Check Point Connectra unified remote access solution has a security option to send a token via SMS as part of the remote user authentication process. To facilitate this option, the Check Point Connectra Gateway would be configured to transmit the token via...

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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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Using NowSMS as an SMPP Server for Another Application

One of the more unusual features of NowSMS is its ability to operate as an SMPP server. NowSMS can relay messages submitted to its SMPP server to any outbound SMSC connection, which could be one or more GSM modems and/or SMPP, UCP/EMI, CIMD2 or HTTP SMSC connections. There are a few different reasons why this feature would be used. The simplest scenario is when an end user wants to use a...

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SMPP Error Code Reference

Information on how NowSMS handles different SMPP errors can be found at the following link: http://www.nowsms.com/smpp-error-code-handling-in-nowsms This article is a reference for SMPP error codes. ESME_RINVMSGLEN 1 Invalid Message Length (sm_length parameter) ESME_RINVCMDLEN 2 Invalid Command Length (command_length in SMPP PDU) ESME_RINVCMDID 3 Invalid Command ID...

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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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Introducing NowWAP 2009

NowMobile is proud to introduce the latest version of the NowWAP Proxy/Gateway, NowWAP 2009. We’d like to take this opportunity to let you know what is new in NowWAP 2009. And if you missed our recent announcements regarding NowSMS 2009, the NowSMS MMSC, and NowSMS Lite, you can learn more at http://www.nowsms.com/nowsms2009. The most significant improvements in the NowWAP 2009 release are...

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USSD and NowSMS, revisited

There seems to be a lot of renewed interest in USSD applications these days. SMPP is very widely used as an interface into USSD systems, and because of the flexible implementation of SMPP in NowSMS, the 2-way command facility can be a convenient platform for deploying USSD services. All USSD codes are operator specific. So they are different from SMS short codes where, at least within country,...

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NowSMS 2009 Now Available

NowSMS 2009 is the fastest performance release of NowSMS to date. While we’ve added considerable new functionality, we’ve successfully avoided the bloatware trap. Effective immediately, licenses supporting up to 400 messages per second are available. NowSMS 2009 is a free update for users with current upgrade and maintenance agreements. The status of your upgrade and maintenance...

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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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