Korean LMS : similar to concatenated SMS?

What happens when I send a really long message through A2P line? Is it delivered in one piece to cell phone? Or is it cut into parts and delivered as multiple SMS? If so is the order correct?

Every company that needs to send long messages for whichever purpose faces these questions. And truth is – depending on a lot of factors the answer will be different.

Not all countries and networks support the so-called Concatenated SMS (C-SMS, Concats).

Concatenated SMS – a service, allowing delivery of SMS longer than the standard 160 GSM characters in one piece to the handset.

Number of SMS

GSM characters

Unicode characters

1 standard SMS

160

70

2 concatenated SMS

306

134

3 concatenated SMS

459

201

4 concatenated SMS

612

268

Basically, the process involves breaking the message first into multiple parts and then reattached together in the correct order into one message when delivered to the handset.

There is no fixed limit for concatenated SMS, depending on the device capacity it may vary. As for the destination and network – here’s the catch. CDMA networks do not support concatenation. So the messages will be delivered in parts to the handset, which is why for some countries SMS Hub providers always mention that they can not guarantee 100% delivery of the messages over 160 bytes (e.g. USA).

Another case where concatenation is not supported – South Korea. South Korea has a unique service called LMS (Long Message Service). Unlike other countries, for A2P providers Korean message length limit is different :

Message type

GSM characters

Unicode characters

1 standard SMS

90

45

1 standard LMS

91~2000

46~1000

From technical side, the process does not involve concatenation, the message is delivered in one whole piece from the Sender all the way to the handset.

The biggest difference and the benefit of LMS over C-SMS is it’s price. While A2P SMS providers charge the total price as SMS price x (Num. of parts in C-SMS ), Korean providers offer single pricing for LMS. It means, that no matter how long the message you sent is, 200 or 2000 bytes – you still pay the same price, while with C-SMS for really long promotional text you might have to pay 10 x SMS price.

 

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