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Text Messaging Server

Posted on 2007-11-20
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Hi,

I want to create my own text messaging server without using someone elses API's.  I need to make my own one because I am expecting a lot of users and don't think these third party API's are realiable or fast enough.

How would I go about doing this?

For example, how would i contact a network provider and ask them to set this up
Will they give me an api for the web?
how much will it code?
what hardware will i need

and so on.
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You can send messages to carrier's SMS networks directly, or through a 3rd party that can route it to the proper carrier. If you know the carrier, you can send it to them directly, many carriers support SNPP and SMTP to send messages. Here is a list of SMTP servers for carriers: http://www.notepage.net/smtp.htm. Here is a list of SNPP servers for carriers: http://www.notepage.net/snpp.htm. The SMTP API would be easiest to use. There are existing APIs for SNPP if you go that route, such as jsnpp for Java: http://sourceforge.net/projects/jsnpp. Again, this requires you to know what carrier you need to send the message to. If you don't know, you will have to use a 3rd party to route it for you.
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Would I be able to use this for my situation?

http://www.kannel.org/
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If you just have an application that sends SMS messages to specific carriers then it isn't necessary.

If you are routing messages from one carrier to another, or say from a carrier to your application, then Kannel would provide you some benefits. But if you aren't integrating with the carriers, then it isn't necessary and would just be overhead.
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i will be sending messages across the globe...
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You can still use the above methods I referenced to interface with carriers globaly. You just need to relate the desination MDN (phone number) with the carriers interface you integrate with. Say you have a user who wants to send messages to 555-555-1212 and that user is a Verizon subscriber, then you would send their messages via either SNPP or SMTP to the Verizon host listed in the above link.

It may be eaiser for you to integrate with a 3rd party clearinghouse to handle interoperability. This is what the major carriers do to deliever messages to users that aren't on their network. These companies work out the relationships with all the carriers and can route the SMS to the proper carrier in the proper format. They provide several interfaces that you can integrate with.
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