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

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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!

 

Sending SMS to South Korea

  • Guarantee the highest success rate for the traffic sending to Korea
    • (1)We have accumulated full NPDB of three mobile operators for 17 years of experience
      • In Korea, there is Number Portability service provided by main three operators
      • E.g. 010-1234-5678 number, originally belonging to KT can switch to another operator (SKT or LGU+)
      • Fast transmission to the connected operator based on all NPDB information
        (NPDB : Number Portability data base)
    • (2)Supporting messages receipt without blocking from the SPAM policy
      • On 2014, Offered Guideline about transmission of advertising message
      • On 2015, the policy has been revised for filtering SPAM (Enforced on October 2015)
        • ·Policy enforcement to prohibit changing sender ID randomly
        • ·Service implementation to block sending message with stolen number
      • =>We provide a guideline to the customer to send a message which is fitted in the government policy
      • <In case of sending SMS with unavailable sender id or
        sender id which is not match to the numbering plan in Korea >[Failure of Detailed rules] [Proper examples]
    • (3)Possible to send to the minor operators
      • Transmission to the phones connected with KT Powertel , Ann Phone and Internet Phone
      • Numbering system according to the kind of service
        • ·SKT, KT, LGU+ : +82 – 10 – XXXX – YYYY
        • ·Internet phone : +82 – 70 – XXXX – YYYY
        • ·Seoul Landline/ Internet phone : +82 – 2 – XXXX – YYYY
        • ·Other destinations Landline / Internet phones : +82 – 31 – XXX – YYYY
          • ※Other destinations: Gyeonggi (31), Incheon (32), Gangwon (33) and Chungnam (41), Daejeon (42),
            Chungbuk (43), Sejong (44), Busan (51), Ulsan (52), Daegu (53), Gyeongbuk (54), Gyeongnam (55),
            Jeonnam (61), Gwangju (62), Jeonbuk (63) and Jeju (64)
        • ·KT Powertel : +82 – 13 – XXXX
    • (4)Tracing the reason of failed message and issuing weekly report for increasing success rate
      • Delivery rate improvement 70% -> 96%
        • ·The actual successful delivery rate is considered as 100%
          because the failed message of 4% is caused by the reasons below.
        • ·The reason of Failure : Invalid phone numbers or handset power off
      • Delivery rate improvement grounds (failure cause analysis and response)
        • ·Sender ID regulations compliance guide
        • ·Solution for Number Theft Protection Service
        • ·Error code status for non-existent numbers
        • ·Special solution for multilingual messages that are delivered incorrectly
  • Supporting to send messages in multi-language and higher quality service only in Korea
    • (1)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).
      • [Other company] [SureM]
      • [Other company] [SureM]
      • [Other company] [SureM]
    • (2)Unlike any other A2P providers, we can deliver 140 byte SMS to Korean handsets!
    • (3)Individual 1:1 Customer Management service (with designated Account Manager)
      • Your personal Account Manager is always ready to assist on any possible enquiries and provide the information on successfully transmitted, non-transmitted messages, delivery rate and total indicators in a report, based real-time monitoring system and provide consultations based on the data.
    • (4)Weekly reports
      • Transmission details, delivery rate information provided

SMS organizer for your smartphone

If you have ever experienced a difficulty sorting through dozens of SMS coming through various subscriptions you have – here may be a good solution for you.

Microsoft Garame team came up with a new app called “SMS Organizer” with the following features advertised :

– SMS is classified into Important/Transactional and Promotional SMS using machine learnt models and placed in separate folders.
– Further, users are reminded of upcoming travel, movies and bill payments using the information in their SMS through reminder cards and notifications.
– Users can favorite SMS for quick access, block spam senders and mark senders as promotional. Further they can control the level of notifications depending on SMS type.
– The app is built to work perfectly offline i.e. without an Internet connection. All classification and reminder creation happens on the device.

It is currently in beta test version and only available for Android phone users~ YOu may try out the beta version at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3300062/SMS-Organizer-Sign-Up

For more info ->

1. http://zeenews.india.com/apps/sms-organizer-app-to-simplify-message-services_1986809.html
2. https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-garages-new-sms-organizer-app-declutters-sms-inbox/

Sending SMS to China

    • Website         address : http://cn.surem.net
      • The only domestic company, operating on Chinese messaging market via local subsidiary
      • 5 Chinese text messaging specialists on board
      • Short / concatenated messages, image content (barcode, QR-code), advertisement message, URL transmission supported
      • Up to 28,000 characters can be sent to China
      • The highest success rate among domestic companies even with strict local regulations on promotion, loan and other contents
      • Fixed Sender ID (other providers commonly can not provied fixed Sender ID)
      • When a customer sends a number or URL, which can be
        transformed into a barcode or QR code image.

        Maximum message length is 28,000 characters.

  • Providing variable message service
    • (1)Providing SMS, C-SMS (Long Message), MMS service
      • SMS service : 70 Characters (including header and footer)
        : Message only in English can be sent 140bytes in max
      • C-SMS service : 1,000 Characters in max
      • MMS service : 80Kbyte service
    • (2)Two – way
      • Sending message from system to mobile phone
        (MT : Mobile Termination)
      • Receiving message to the system
        (MO : Mobile Originated)
    • (3)Payable in CNY
      • Paying to the chinese bank account of SureM’s china branch
      • Possible to issue Huabiao
    • (4)Providing Landline
      • No additional charge if monthly traffic is more than 140,000
        (For example, the format of Landline is 10690148***)
    • (5)Higher success rate of advertising message
      • Higher success rate of advertising message as well as the messages of notice and verification
      • Supporting advertising message transmission with stream format (Supporting fixed sender ID)
      • [signature] has to be pre-registered. When you send promotional message, [回T退订] must be inserted.
  • Supporting higher quality service with Shanghai office and sending multi-language message
    • (1)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).
      • [Other company] [SureM]
      • [Other company] [SureM]
      • [Other company] [SureM]
    • (2)Prompt Response
      • As running the branch in Shanghai, it its possible to solve a problem or issue by direct response
    • (3)Individual 1:1 Customer Management service (with designated Account Manager)
      • Your personal Account Manager is always ready to assist on any possible enquiries and provide the information on successfully transmitted, non-transmitted messages, delivery rate and total indicators in a report, based real-time monitoring system and provide consultations based on the data.

SureM Voice services

SureM provides automated calling service which sends messages in voice to subscribers.

There are two types of voice services; TTS (Text to Speech) and ACS (Automated-calling service).

1. TTS(Text to Speech)

Text-to-speech reads out the content of the message into machine-synthesized audible speech.

Service Flow

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How to Use:
  • Pricing:Different for each countries and is charged per second.
  • Options:Different languages and voices to choose from.

※ Please contact us for consultation.

2. ACS(Automated-Calling Service)

Automated-calling service plays recorded speech in any languages to the recipients.

Service Flow

serviceflowIn a case of delivering verification code: Fail to delivery verification code through SMS

Benefits of ACS
  • A subscriber can still receive the verification code when a text message cannot be delivered.
  • A subscriber is given a choice to make to receive a voice call instead of a text message.
  • Speech can be recorded in different languages to suit the recipients that makes it much easier and more convenient for the recipients.
How to Use
  • Pricing:Different for each countries and is charged per second.
  • Options: Choose the language of speech for different countries.

※ Please contact us for consultation at sureminternational@gmail.com

MM4 supported by SureM

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Help your partners get to the meeting place on time!

So what is the basic obstacle to sending MMS messages? Yes, you need to comply with the technical requirements (like size, format etc). Yes, you must check your image a dozen times to make sure there is no embarrassing mistype. But that is not the biggest issue..

The problem is you can not send MMS via standard SMPP protocol you use for SMS. So let’s get to this together. First, let me copy-paste a bit of Wikipedia here :

MM4 is the interface used to exchange messages between two different MMSCs. These MMSCs are generally located in two distinct Mobile Networks
This interface is also known as the MMSR interface in the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standards.

In reality what it means, is that MMS are transmitted to the mobile carrier the very same way as SMS are, but have a different transmission mechanism when it comes to handset delivery. MMS is delivered via Internet connection and after it is determined whether or not the handset can receive MMS (not all devices can) – a URL is sent with a link to whatever file was originally sent.

To sum up the difference check the table below :

MMS vs SMS

MMS SMS
Full term Multimedia Messaging Service Short Message Service
Transmission mechanism Messages are sent to the message center. They are then sent to the recipient via the internet, if the phone supports MMS formats. If it doesn’t, the MMS can be viewed in a web browser. Message centers are responsible for sending and receiving texts. They also try to re-send messages if they failed in the first try.
Challenges Spamming, content adaptation, distribution lists, poor handset capabilities Spoofing and spamming
Size No limit (depends on receiving device) 160 characters
Courtesy of http://www.diffen.com/difference/MMS_vs_SMS

There are other protocols supporting MMS delivery as well. At SureM, we are currently offering support for MM4 and any other might be available upon request.

Do not hesitate to contact us and inquire on the pricing or technical details for global MMS at sureminternational@gmail.com



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