New SMS Gateways Added – over 70 SMS Gateways now supported

We’ve just finished updating fmSMS to support 3 more SMS Gateways:

  • ClickSend – a global SMS Gateway (head office in Perth, Australia)
  • directSMS – an Australian based SMS Gateway
  • Wholesale SMS – another Australian based SMS Gateway

That brings the total number of supported SMS Gateways to over 70. If there are any SMS Gateways that you would like us to support please contact us and let us know the details – we can usually add a new SMS Gateway in a few hours.

New SMS Gateways Added

We’ve just finished updating fmSMS to support 2 more SMS Gateways:

That brings the total number of supported SMS Gateways to over 60. If there are any SMS Gateways that you would like us to support please contact us and let us know the details – we can usually add a new SMS Gateway in a few hours.

fmSMS and the Twilio SHA2-signed certificate update

On December 1st, 2015 Twilio will be updating api.twilio.com with a SHA2-signed certificate – a significant improvement in encryption technology which most online services are in the process of implementing. We’ve done some tests using fmSMS v3 and are pleased to report that fmSMS is already compatible with the updated Twilio endpoint when it goes live later this year – no further action is required.

We will run some further tests on December 1st, 2015 when the changes go live – if you encounter any issues please contact us.

Telstra SMS API

Earlier this year Telstra, Australia’s biggest mobile phone operator, announced a preview of their new APIs website. I was pleasantly surprised that the first API that they were previewing was an SMS API which they were making available to a limited group of developers. I quickly signed up for the preview and started working out how to add support for the Telstra SMS API to fmSMS – within a few hours I had it successfully sending messages and receiving replies. During the Preview Telstra were not charging for use of the SMS API, however there were a few limitations:

  • you could not send more than 1000 free SMS messages per month
  • you were limited to 100 messages per day
  • you can only send messages to Australian mobile phones

Telstra have recently opened up the SMS API Preview to all developers and it’s still free, subject to the same original limitations. We’ve released an updated version of fmSMS with support for the Telstra SMS API so you can take advantage of the free messaging to Australia numbers during the preview.

You can download a trial version of fmSMS to test the Telstra SMS API Download Trial Version.

Full details about the Telstra SMS API are available at:

Telstra SMS API

SMS Gateways Update

We’ve been busy adding support for additional SMS Gateways to fmSMS. fmSMS now supports over 55 SMS Gateways internationally, reaching over 960+ mobile networks in more than 220 countries & territories including the US & Canada. Here’s a summary of the new SMS Gateways we’ve added:

  • Skebby SMS Gateway (Italy)
  • PageOne Oventus SMS Gateway (UK)
  • Plivo SMS Gateway (USA/India)
  • enotified.com (Australia)

We’ve also updated some existing Gateways to support the latest version of their API, including:

  • Burst SMS (v2 API support)
  • Twilio (support for messages longer than 160 characters)

We’re happy to add new SMS Gateways – please let us know if there’s another SMS Gateway that you would like us to support.

SMS/Texting #1 way people communicate

At a recent Mobile Marketing Association Forum there were some interesting statistics on the popularity of SMS/Texting. Nexmo, one of our supported SMS Gateways, tweeted this photo of one of the slides:

Here’s some of the main points from that slide:

  • 91% of Americans have a cell phone
  • 97% of mobile phones in use today are text enabled
  • 6.3 billion text messages sent every day
  • 99% of text messages are opened and read
  • 90% within 3 minutes

This compares to only 29% of tweets read and only 20% of emails.

fmSMS v3 Coming Soon

We’re putting together the final touches to v3 of fmSMS. With the release of FileMaker Pro v12 we decided to take this opportunity to rewrite fmSMS from the ground up, which has meant the v3 release has taken us a bit longer than we expected. Version 1 of fmSMS was originally created with FileMaker Pro v6, and v2 was developed with FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10 and 11. With the new v12 file format, plugin installation updates and the ExecuteSQL function we decided that it was a good time to go back to the drawing board and start afresh.

We’re also changing the plug-in we use with fmSMS v3 to the free BaseElements plug-in. The BaseElements plug-in already had a number of HTTP functions which we were able to implement quickly, however it was lacking a function that a number of our customers rely: proxy support. We decided to sponsor the development of this function which was included in the recent v2 release of the BaseElements plugin. The function is called as follows:

BE_HTTP_Set_Proxy ( proxy {; port ; username ; password } )

You can supply the proxy server address, along with the three optional parameters for the port number, proxy server username and proxy server password.

We’ve also reduced the number of files down from 3 to a single file. Using the BaseElements plug-in also allows us to remove any licensing restrictions and to include support for FileMaker Server scripts as standard (previously this required customers to purchase an additional plug-in license). We’ve also included support for additional SMS Gateways around the world, including the USA.

We hope to have the new version ready in a few weeks. It will require FileMaker Pro v12 or higher.

Short Codes and Long Codes

If you’re interested in learning more about short codes – those short 5/6 digit numbers that companies use as the from address, e.g. 13446 – Clickatell have an article on their website that discusses the different types of short codes (standard and premium) and when you might consider using a short code.

They have also posted a video to YouTube the explains the differences between short codes and long codes. If you would like to learn more information about short and long codes we recommend both of these. If you have any questions about using short or long codes with fmSMS please contact us.

New SMS Gateway – SMS Broadcast

We’ve just added a new Australian based SMS Gateway – SMS Broadcast – to our list of supported Gateways.

If you would like to see your favourite Gateway added to our list just contact us with the details. If you’re an SMS Gateway provider and would like to be supported by fmSMS please also let us know.

New SMS Gateway – Burst SMS

We’ve just added a new Australian based SMS Gateway – Burst SMS – to our list of supported Gateways.

If you would like to see your favourite Gateway added to our list just contact us with the details. If you’re an SMS Gateway provider and would like to be supported by fmSMS please also let us know.