fmSMS now supports the new Quiubas SMS API. Quiubas originally started as an SMS Gateway delivering to Mexico and now delivers to other countries in Latin America, including:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Puerto Rico
fmSMS has been updated to support the Mitto SMS Gateway. Mitto have offices in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Serbia and the United States with global coverage.
In 2015 Telstra launched a beta of their SMS Messaging API (v1) and fmSMS was one of the first commercial solutions to support the Telstra API. Last year Telstra released v2 of the Messaging API with many new features including the provisioning of dedicated numbers and Webhooks. At the same time Telstra announced that they were deprecating the v1 SMS API and that it would be be switched off at the end of May, 2018.
If you are using fmSMS with the v1 Telstra SMS API you can download the latest version of fmSMS which was updated last year to support the v2 API. You can get more information about the v2 Telstra Messaging API here.
Back in 2015 Telstra launched a beta of their SMS Messaging API and fmSMS was one of the first commercial solutions to support the Telstra API. Telstra have recently released v2 of their Messaging API which includes a number of new features including:
- dedicated number: you can provision an Australian mobile number for your account via the API
- send SMS and MMS messages
- receive messages to your dedicated number
- delivery status: query the delivery status of your messages
- callbacks: automatic notifications of message delivery status to a callback URL
- alphanumeric sender ID support
- concatenation: send messages up to 1900 characters long and Telstra will automatically segment and reassemble them
- scheduled delivery: delay the delivery of submitted messages
Now that the Messaging API is out of beta there are a number of plans to choose from. You can start with a free trial which includes 1000 free messages and a dedicated mobile number. They also have a PAYG plan with no fixed term contract and messages are 6c per message, as well as an Enterprise plan.
You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test the Telstra SMS API using their Free Trial. When you purchase fmSMS you get the PHP files to use for automatic delivery status updates and automatic replies into fmSMS. Please contact us if you have any questions about fmSMS and the Telstra Messaging API.
fmSMS has been updated to support the Bandwidth SMS Gateway – you can send and receive SMS messages using the Bandwidth SMS Gateway and fmSMS. Bandwidth offer a free trial version so you can use the trial version of fmSMS to test the Bandwidth SMS Gateway.
Bandwidth are based in the USA and can also deliver to international numbers. They offer very competitive pricing – at the time of writing (April 10, 2017) their prices are in US dollars:
- $0.35 for the virtual number you use to send messages from
- $0.005 for every outgoing message
- all incoming messages are free
There’s an interesting article on the Plivo website about the role SMS/Text Messaging has played in the 2016 USA Elections. It’s an interesting read covering what worked for different candidates and what hasn’t worked:
We’ve just updated fmSMS to support the Zipwhip SMS Gateway. Zipwhip is a bit different to most SMS Gateways – they allow you to enable text messaging for your existing business phone number (Landline or Toll-Free Phone Number). This allows you to have one number for customers to call you and text you – normally you would need to get a dedicated virtual mobile number to handle the incoming text/SMS messages.
We’ve just published an article over on the Databuzz website about sending and receiving SMS messages with Emoji:
We’ve updated fmSMS for some changes to the SMS Broadcast Gateway (Australia) including:
- added support for delayed message delivery
- added 2nd SMS Broadcast Gateway record for use with 2 Way Shared Numbers
- included PHP files for Message Status Updates and Message Replies