3 ways SMS is making our lives better

First off, we do not take any credit for the material presented on the the 3 cases described in this post, each piece of information came from the link attached to each story.

In the modern day, when there seems to be less and less boundaries left for protecting ones privacy and growing amount of unsolicited information coming our way, there are still projects and initiatives created to make our lives easier and a little better by providing only the necessary data.

1. Pakistan – country’s Water Research Agency is sending forecast updates to farmers via SMS to improve irrigation system efficiency.

The text messages (or SMS) are sent by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), a government agency that carries out water research. Ashraf would be even more flabbergasted if he knew the scientists get this information from space.

Step by small step, the farmers of Pakistan may end up seeing cellphone technology as an essential part of a more productive future.

source : http://www.eco-business.com/news/satellites-and-sms-help-pakistans-farmers-with-smart-irrigation/

2. Afghanistan – Pajhwok Afghan News in collaboration with a local mobile carrier recently launched a service, sending latest news on various events in the country to their subscribers. 

Pajhwok Afghan News, in collaboration with the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC), on Sunday launched its Short Message Service (SMS) to inform subscribers swiftly of events in the country.

The system that formally started today enables AWCC customers to easily get SMS news as part of daily, weekly and monthly packages.

source : https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2017/08/06/pajhwok-awcc-launch-sms-news-service

3. UK – the new ChatHealth initiative, helping children and young adults to receive answers and advice on any health related issue they are concerned about.

Children and young people 11-19 across the county can now seek confidential advice and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting them at the touch of a button.

It is all thanks to a new text messaging service called ChatHealth, which has been launched by Dorset HealthCare, and gives young people in school Year 7 and above the opportunity to send questions via SMS directly from their mobile phone to the ChatHealth School Nursing Team.

source : http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/health/new-chathealth-sms-initiative-children-296362

2-way SMS

2-way SMS service – a combination of MT and MO services, allowing the CLIENT to transmit messages and receive replies from the End User.

The service is provided through a virtual number, issued by the provider. Depending on the destination country, virtual numbers can be presented by long codes, short codes or standard phone numbers.

Example:

  1. Short code : 114, 4565,.. (usually up to 5-6 digits)
  2. Long code : 0133-xxxx-xxx (Korea) (special virtual number, does not look like a real phone number; issued by designated entity in each country)
  3. Standard phone number : 7-914-xxx-xx-xx, 82-10-xxxx-xxxx (in some countries Mobile carriers provide numbers similar to standard mobile numbers)

2-way service is widely used for various purposes:

  • Advertisement opt-out (unsubscribing)
  • Customer care lines (*with TOLL-free numbers)
  • Polls and surveys
  • Marketing campaigns

 

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SureM 2-way SMS service flow

SMPP

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SMPP?

The Short Message Peer-to-Peer (SMPP) is an open, industry standard protocol widely used in the telecommunication industry.

SMPP is desinged to provide a flexible data communication interface for the transfer of SMS messages between Short Message Service Centeres (SMSC), Routing Entities (RE), and SMS Application Systems (or External Short Messaging Entities (ESME)).

SMPP is an application protocol over TCP/IP, which allows fast and reliable delivery of SMS messages. The latest version of SMPP specification currently is 5.0 ( can be found at http://opensmpp.org/specs/smppv50.pdf ). At SureM, we support SMPP 3.4 and 5.0 so whichever protocol the customer prefers – we can easily modify the system or even customize it upon request.

Supported PDUs

  • bind_transmitter
  • bind_receiver
  • bind_tranceiver
  • unbind
  • submit_sm
  • data_sm
  • deliver_sm
  • enquire_link

Data Coding Schemes

  • 0 or 1 : ASCII
  • 3 : Latin 1
  • 8 : UCS2
  • 14: KSC5601

(For more about SMPP, please refer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Peer-to-Peer)

MMS

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) – communication technology, allowing exchange of not only text information, but also multimedia attachments (video, audio, pictures) between mobile devices.

You may exchange MMS with your friends and family, sharing beautiful pictures of places you visit or new things your try, but form the point of view of corporate clients, the purpose of usage is slightly different.

At SureM we offer various solutions based on MMS technology, one of the most popular of them being the Map MMS.

Map MMS is a feature allowing you to send MMS with Map attachment to your customers / partners / co-workers to give them a better vision of the location you want them at :

  1. A place of event for customers (shopping mall, square, park..)
  2.  Place of meeting with a client (cafe, office..)
  3. Workshop location for your co-workers

For these, and many other cases SureM is offering its Map MMS service.

The message may contain up to 2000 bytes of text + image file attachment.

  1. General message view :

MMS_001

2. MMS image file attachment

MMS_002

For further inquiries, feel free to contact SureM at sureminternational@gmail.com

SEND ONLINE MESSAGES

For all of you out there, looking for an easy and accurate way to send messages to your friends, family, co-workers, business partners or on any occasion at all – welcome to SureM.com Online Message platform.

To sign up you simply need to fill a standard form :

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Once completed, you need to verify your email (by checking your email box and following instructions in the welcoming email) and then proceed to log in to http://surem.net/

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Once you log in to SureM.net, to send messages online please go to Web to SMS page (http://surem.net/web-to-sms-send.jsp).

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To send the message online, you need to enter all the required information :

  • Destination number – the recipient number, the one you wish to send message to
  • Sender ID – originating address, the number showing at the top of the message
  • Message – enter the message content you wish to send (all languages supported)

And the simply click SEND!

You may also save templates to send later, add contact list and use many other features on the website. Plus, for first-time users we offer 5 FREE SMS!!

You are welcome to try out the service and if you have any questions, feel free to contact our managers at sureminternational@gmail.com

Sending SMS to Japan

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JAPAN

Japanese messaging environment has its specific traits just like any other. Here are some I can highlight :

High cost

Following the general tendency of Japanese services to be quite expensive, telecommunication business is no exception. Thus, the pricing for SMS in Japan starts at 7 yen with the local providers.

Phonemail

Japan has a unique service, so-called “phonemail”. Technically, all the mobile numbers have an e-mail at a certain server with the registered mobile carrier. And instead of sending normal SMS or MMS, most of the population used to rely on the phonemail (until LINE came into picture).

LINE “fever”

After its launch in 2011, LINE has shown amazing growth rate not only in Japan, but conquering the whole world. By 2014, LINE had over 50 mln subscribers in Japan, making it the number 1 messenger app in the country. Following its success, people turned to instant messenger and rely on it far more than the familiar short messages. Mainly, due to the fact that whenever Japan is experiencing an earthquake or some other natural disaster, the landlines and mobile  networks in general are damaged and leave people unable to reach their loved ones to make sure they are alright.

Source : http://www.fastcompany.com/3041578/most-innovative-companies-2015/how-japans-line-app-became-a-culture-changing-revenue-generat

Based on the above mentioned realities of Japanese market, SMS services are not in a high demand in the local market. But for foreign companies, willing to reach their subscribers in Japan, SMS remains the primary tool of communications.

However, not all SMS gateway companies can provide high-quality service at reasonable pricing for Japan. Let me expand a bit on the features SureM has to offer :

The highest quality service at the best rates

  • Providing the service at highly competitive price
    • Offering volume discounts
  • SMS, Concatenated SMS (Long Message) service
    • SMS service : 70 characters
    • Concatenated SMS service : maximum 350 characters
  • Japan NPDB (Number portability database) service 
    • SureM not only has their own Japan NPDB but also NPDB data from an associate provider in Japan. Message transmission time to the end users is much faster thanks to the NPDB.
  • “Premium Line” service
    • Providing solution for SoftBank International SMS filtering
  • Sender ID registration
    • You may send messages with the desired Sender ID (conditions may apply)

Message transmission in any language, consultation and customer support in Japanese

  • All languages supported
    • You may send messages in English, Japanese, Chinese etc.
    • Full multilingual coverage (send messages in any language to any country of the world).
    • Screenshots (SureM on the right, other SMS providers on the left)

To receive a full consultation on our service to Japan, please contact us at sureminternational@gmail.com

SureM accepting crypto-currency payments

A happy announcement for crypto-currency users!

As of now, SureM has started accepting various crypto-currency payments when purchasing credits on SureM.net website.

The list of available crypto-currencies (for now) is :

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC)
  • Ripple (XRP)
  • Dash (DASH)
  • Litecoin (LTC)

Do register on our website and make your first SMS credit purchase follow the link below :

https://www.surem.net/purchase-credit.jsp

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Some of the points to consider when making a crypto-currency payment via SureM.net :

  1. “Poloniex” rates apply (https://www.poloniex.com, the world’s largest crypto currency exchange)
  2. Net amount received by SureM is added as cybermoney (payment amount minus transaction fees)
  3. Cybermoney is calculated according to the Poloniex XRP-USD rate and converted to KRW on the time of bitcoin receipt in SureM ripple wallet.
  4. Poloniex price is changing every 10 minutes, so e.g. if the payment is received at 9:13 AM, the rates published at 9:10 AM will apply.

Also, after making the payment contact our managers at sureminternational@gmail.com to get the payment verified and credits added to your account!