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!

E-mail : sureminternational@gmail.com

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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.

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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How SMS Messaging Promotes Patient Engagement in Health Care

SMS messaging has become invaluable for healthcare. Medication, behavioral correction and day-to-day lifestyle choices have been affected by SMS involvement, and patient engagement has become a ground-level goal. As healthcare grows, organizational communication tactics expand. Technologies ranging from secure email to patient portals already exist, and smartphone-based communication has taken another leap.

SMS Messaging as Prioritized Communication

Americans over age 55 currently text more than they call via phone, reports the Advance Healthcare Network. Both in-patient and out-patient services contain widespread text preferences. Similarly, those under age 30 text others more often than emailing them. The new household prioritizes text message communication, empowering new, innovative out-patient care communication techniques.

While younger patients are, typically, harder for medical providers to reach, prioritized SMS messaging has greatly enhanced connectivity. Medical providers also benefit from the conversation shift. An American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons study recorded nurses wasting as much as 60 work minutes locating physicians for workday responses. More wasted time equates to less healthcare.

The New Patient Care System

Modern healthcare leaders insist upon the shift to mobile patient care. Already, medical providers communicate with patients via text and email. Unfortunately, a small fraction receive medical information via text. Evolving patient healthcare will, however, change this.
Texting is an incredibly effective impactor of healthcare. SMS platforms designed to control patient smoking rates, for example, are much more than simple reminders. Childcare, too, can be positively impacted by constant SMS updates. Pregnant women, utilizing constant updates, can maximize their child’s health with powerful on-the-hour information and action prompts.

The Power of Customization

Customization should be noted, too, as SMS marketing campaigns have created an atmosphere filled with personalization. Healthcare benefits from acute information, and patients receiving updates pertaining to specific conditions are much safer. Every patient is different, and every patient has a host of unique needs.
While SMS outreach is astounding, personalization contains the paradigm shift’s biggest boons. Physicians needn’t text directly with patients anymore, though communication garnered will procure high value, clear and concise content.

TCPA Rules and Regulations

While SMS marketing offers much to the healthcare field, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act will likely influence the future’s adoption of SMS-centric healthcare services. SMS platforms offer functionality. They offer immediate response, appointment confirmations and survey information. Due to the service’s wide sweep, regulation is needed.
TCPA rules and regulations currently require service providers to obtain prior express consent for text messaging services commence. While a regulation affecting marketers, mostly, TCPA guidelines can still slow down the healthcare industry’s adoption of viable services. Already, medical providers have combined texting and email services to create extensive in-care management programs. SMS marketing campaigns enable patient decisions. They grant the ability to opt in to services. Strict adherence to TCPA rules may, in theory, align healthcare with marketing’s finer solutions.

A Bright Future

Currently, security and privacy are critical considerations. Medical providers receiving or sending personal health information must maintain security. Robust security systems protect text messaging services. They utilize message expiration, two-way encryption auditing and remote wipe options.
The healthcare industry’s future is a bright one—one guided by constant contact, patient integrity and customized solutions. Modern marketing approaches have greatly influenced such a movement, as every stride in achieving patient delight proposes new, innovative solutions. As text messaging becomes more popular between patients and physicians, healthcare providers will adapt the power-packed platform into modern care strategies. Medical communities are built upon trust, respect and effectiveness. Now, the modern healthcare industry can benefit from extensive, inclusive services.

Source : http://www.dabcc.com/how-sms-messaging-promotes-patient-engagement-in-health-care/

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.

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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.

 

 

How to upload address book on SureM.net

SUREM.NET -> ADDRESS BOOK UPLOAD

1. Log into your account (LOG IN)
2. got to Web to SMS page
3. Click “Address book”

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4. In the menu click “Upload Address book”

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5. Choose the Excel file on your computer (Note! Only .xls files are supported. If
your file is .csv click Save as -> and choose .xls format)

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  • Sheet name : Sheet in Excel file with your contact list
  • Group name : (you must make it in the file beforehand) : e.g. School, Work etc
  • Name : name for the number owner
  • Country code : Please check to make sure you added it correctly!
  • Mobile number : the rest of mobile number
    —NOTE : DO NOT ADD COUNTRY CODE AGAIN
    —-If the mobile number has a zero in front – delete it!
    1. E.g. 82-01028726748 -> WRONG
    2. 82-1028726748 -> CORRECT

7. The preview only shows top 3 records, the actual book will have them all

If you have face any problems when using our service, please email sureminternational@gmail.com

SureM accepting crypto-currency payments

A happy announcement for crypto-currency users!

As of this year, 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!