Sending SMS to Japan

2016-05-02 17;33;04

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

2-way SMS to South Korea

The term 2-way SMS basically means a solution offering both MT SMS and MO SMS in one combination.

2-way-sms

When it comes to receiving response from customers, conducting marketing survey, collecting votes and many other projects – 2-way SMS can we a powerful tool to build a connection with your target audience.

So what is the standard for MO numbers and 2-way SMS in South Korea?

There are 2 types of virtual numbers that can be assigned to the company for collecting MO SMS : Short Codes (SC) and Long Codes (LC). 

Long codes : 0133-xxx-xxxx (format)

Registration takes up to 3 business days and usage entails monthly fee and per MO SMS price.

Short Codes : contact sureminternational@gmail.com for details.

The ways to implement the code in your SMS are :

  1. Use it as Sender ID – in this case, people can simply reply to SMS they receive and you will be able to collect all the responses in your system.
  2. Insert it in the body of SMS – a preferred method if you want to use multiple MO numbers for your campaign or absolutely need to keep the Sender ID different.

 

 

SureM FAQ : What is OPT-OUT? What does [Web발신] mean?

Be it something basic like SMS length or definition of the “OPT-OUT” – in messaging business there are always questions to ask. At SureM, we are constantly working on collecting and updating the data on everything, from technical terms and definitions to latest SMS regulations updates.

SureM FAQ

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Feel free to pop in to check our some of the questions you might be interested in and email us at sureminternational@gmail.com to ask any that are not on FAQ.

Sender ID

According to Korean Telecommunications Law from November 2014, all Sender IDs must be preliminary registered with the operators. To know more about the registration process contact us at sureminternational@gmail.com

SureM Knowledgebase

What is Sender ID?g14110

When you receive a message, what is the first thing you are looking at? The number it came from. It will happen unconsciously, as the text message and its meaning might differ depending on who you received ot.

About Sender ID

– Sender ID is the originated address of which the message comes from.- It is often the displayed sender on the mobile number.- Each country has its own sender ID restrictions

Sender ID can be

  • 1. Alpha sender – Ex. SureM
  • 2. Numeric sender – Ex. 8215884640
  • 3. Alphanumeric sender ID – Ex. SureM123

Here are some examples of Sender ID regulations per country :

  • 1. Korea
    • No alpha / alphanumeric sender ID allowed
    • Only numeric sender ID is allowed
    • Between 0 ~ 12 digits
  • 2. India
    • Need to pre-register alpha Sender ID
    • Fixed 6 digits
    • Ex. SUREMC
  • 3. China
    • Numeric only
    • Need to pre-register…

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