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    Ask YC News : As a developer, what sucks about two-way SMS messaging solutions?

    Hi guys,

    In my opinion SMS two-way messaging solutions suck. GSM modem solutions involving a phone attached to a server gateway are not guaranteed to be reliable (reception, telco's don't aprove, etc.) and have a hard-to-remember number to send to. Short codes are extremely expensive. Existing shared short code solutions have restrictive or clumsy API's and are still more expensive than they need to be.

    What do you guys think? What bothers you the most as a developer looking to incorporate an SMS messaging component into their application?

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    Re: Ask YC News : As a developer, what sucks about two-way SMS messaging solutions?

    Sorry for the wrong title, it was supposed to say:
    Developers: What sucks about two-way SMS messaging solutions?

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    Re: Ask YC News : As a developer, what sucks about two-way SMS messaging solutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by arasakik View Post
    Hi guys,

    In my opinion SMS two-way messaging solutions suck. GSM modem solutions involving a phone attached to a server gateway are not guaranteed to be reliable (reception, telco's don't aprove, etc.) and have a hard-to-remember number to send to. Short codes are extremely expensive. Existing shared short code solutions have restrictive or clumsy API's and are still more expensive than they need to be.

    What do you guys think? What bothers you the most as a developer looking to incorporate an SMS messaging component into their application?

    If you do not expect to receive a lot of messages (less than 2000 a day), you can try a combo solution that support both GSM modem and Telco gateways (E.g. http://www.kannel.org, http://www.visualtron.com, etc). For receiving SMS, you can use GSM modems, and for sending out messages, you can use a local telco gateway. If you don't have a local gateway that charges reasonably, you can use an international one like http://www.clickatell.com, http://www.smscountry.com.

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