MNP

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is a service that allows you to switch over to another mobile service provider while retaining your existing mobile phone number.

Mobile number portability is implemented in different ways across the globe. The International and European standard is for a customer wishing to port his/her number to contact the new network (recipient), which then sends the number portability request (NPR) to the current network (donor). This is known as “recipient-led” porting. The UK and India are the only exceptions to implement the donor-led system. The customer wishing to port his/her number is required to contact the donor to obtain a code (Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) in the UK and Unique Porting Code (UPC) in India) which is then given to the recipient network. The recipient continues the porting process by contacting the donor with porting code. This form of porting is known as “donor-led” and has been criticised by some industry analysts as being inefficient, though prevents MNP scams. It has also been observed that it may act as a customer deterrent as well as allowing the donor an opportunity of “winning back” the customer.

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South Korea introduced MNP more than 10 years ago, in 2004.

To know if your country has the MNP implemented, the easiest way to check is ask your mobile providers. MNP gives mobile carriers a good opportunity to lurk in more customers, as retaining one’s mobile number while switching to a better option of service is indeed very attractive.

Here are some of the websites you may use to know about different countries’ policies on MNP:

http://mcclist.com/number-portability.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_number_portability

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Sender ID

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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 signature to be added at the bottom of the message

Ex ) Good day! Thank you using SureM Service. 【SureM】

Every country has different regulations regarding the Sender ID policy. To get a detailed consultation contact SureM.

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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

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.

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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.

Sending SMS to Korea

There are three major Mobile Carriers in South Korea : Korea Telecom, SKT and LG U+. These days, following the progress in 4G/5G… development, more and more people rely on various messengers rather than SMS. That is for personal communication.

When it comes to corporate use, SMS is still a very important tool in reaching out to the customers, be it advertisement messages or registration codes for some app or service.

When sending SMS to South Korea, there are certain specifics you should be aware of :

  1.  When sending SMS from abroad, the message length is limited to 90 bytes.그림1
  2. Messages beyond 90 bytes will be delivered in one piece, but not as commonly known concatenated SMS (concat, C-SMS). In Korea, there is a term of LMS (Long Message Service) for messages of 91~2000 bytes.
  3. One of the special headers might be added :
  • [Web발신] (“Sent from Web”), indicating that the message was sent via A2P route.
  • [국외발신] (“Sent from abroad”), indicating that the route used does not belong to a local provider
  • (광고) (“Advertisement”), indicating that message contains promotional information.

IMPORTANT! The first 2 headers are automatically added by the Mobile Carriers and are not counted in the overall byte count. Thus, if you are charged by your provider for adding these extra bytes… Well, let’s say you have a good reason to find a new one!

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How to send messages using Excel

X-Messenger by SureM

What is X-Messenger?

User-friendly PC/Web-based program makes it possible to send bulk SMS by using existing Excel address data.

Main Function

  • 1. Free trial is available.
    • Free 5 messages per day ( about free 150 messages per month)
    • Credit charge is required for additional messages
  • 2. Do not waste your time on upload or exporting your phone book.
    • Phone book in Excel format is directly applicable
  • 3. Sending Bulk SMS became much easier and simpler.
    • It automatically forms recipient list by selecting recipients from an excel file
    • Simultaneous transmission is possible above 1 million messages (condition: Excel 2007 and above)
  • 4. Provide with variety functions.
    • Message merge function
    • Saving frequent content of message
    • Schedule delivery
    • Inspection on overlapped phone number, Encoding message

What is Merge function?

  • When compose message, this function allowed to change the selected part of the message according to the each recipient.
  • Place what you want to merge in the message into the specific column in the excel, and select the column when you send the message and then merge function will be performed automatically.

MO SMS

MO (Mobile Originated) – message transmission from a handset device to a client (program) or application.

MO service is often used as part of 2-way SMS service (MT/MO combination).

In this case, companies send MT message first and receive a response from the end user.

Example :

MT : To unsubscribe from this newsletter reply STOP.

MO : STOP  (it will automatically be forwarded to the MT sender)

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The service provider is assigning a certain Sender ID (long or short code) and the Client might receive MO messages from the end users, sent to the designated Sender ID. The procedure looks similar to the standard MT flow, only the other way around, with message originating on the mobile device.

 

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The most common cases for MO service usage are :

  1. Talent show voting (“To vote for Kelly send KELLY to 1234”)
  2. “Request a song” shows
  3. TV Homeshopping (“Send us the item number to receive a free consultation”)
  4. Subscribing to newsletters