fmSMS is compatible with the Clickatell Americas Small Business (Two-way) service. The Clickatell Americas Small Business (Two-way) service allows customers in the US, Canada and Latin America to get up and running with 2 Way SMS very quickly for only US $9.95 a month. Here are some tips to help you get up and running with fmSMS and the Clickatell Americas Small Business 2 Way service:
fmSMS Account – after you have created a Clickatell Americas Small Business API account you will need your Clickatell username, password and API ID. Clickatell automatically create an HTTP API ID when you sign up for a new account (the API ID is different to your Client ID: the Client ID is required to login to your account on the Clickatell website). The API ID is included in the confirmation email you receive in the “Sample Code Snippet” section – look for “api_id=123456”. You can also get your API ID by logging into your account on the Clickatell website. From the Home page you should have a “Two-Way Number Status” section – click on the “US Long Codes (Small Business) link next to your dedicated virtual mobile number and your API ID will appear next to Product (it’s usually a 6 or 7 digit number).
The Clickatell US Small Business Getting Started Guide will help you through the process of setting up a new Clickatell Account.
When you create a new account in fmSMS it should look like the following:
Make sure you enter your Clickatell API ID into the Custom Text 1 field as instructed and your US virtual mobile number into the Custom Text 2 field.
Make sure you are aware of the terms and conditions of the Americas Small Business service, particularly the limits on the number of messages that can be sent in a 24 hour period and the automatic opt-out service. As part of the automatic opt-out service Clickatell will “automatically insert a footer in any message with enough white space to carry it. The footer will be a minimal insertion instructing the recipient on how to easily and effectively block the sender from reaching them”
The Clickatell US Small Business has subscription periods of 1, 3, 6 and 12 months that start at US $9.95 a month. You can effectively trial the service for 1 month and only pay US $9.95. Each subscription period also includes a number of free credits per month. You automatically get a dedicated two-way number and all incoming messages are free. You can use FileMaker Server and the PHP API to have incoming messages posted automatically to fmSMS for a great 2 way experience.
If you have any questions about using fmSMS with the Clickatell Americas Small Business service please contact us.