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Java SMS application

 
Lorus Ghut
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Hi,
I am thinking of developing a sms service on my java web site. I.e. people should be able to send a sms to my app. and the app will reply with some info. However I do not have any experince with this.
Therefore I was hoping to get some help. If anyone have some experiences, I would be very happy to hear from you.
ok, here are my concers/issues:
1. What kinds of API exists for this
2. What sort of server software etc do I need to set up to be able to recieve sms messages in my java program.
3. What kind of contracts do I need to sign with my mobil compnay (I want to recieve messages from customers, these messages should have a associated cost...)
4. does anyone have experience about how long time I should estimate for setting up a service like this?
Any good links with howto's etc?
Lorus
 
Dirk Schreckmann
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Moving this to the J2ME forum...
 
Lasse Koskela
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1. What kinds of API exists for this

You should check whether you can afford Mobileway's services. They handle all the mobile operator integrations for you and you only need to worry about integrating with their HTTP based API. Another option could be SimpleWire.com when they get their 2-way service going.
2. What sort of server software etc do I need to set up to be able to recieve sms messages in my java program.
It depends on how are you connecting to the SMSCs. If you use a service like Mobileway or SimpleWire, you only need a web application server and some glue-code. If you want to integrate directly with some operator's SMSC (usually requires a VPN and a neverending battle against their legal department), the protocol varies from CIMD to SMPP to HTTP and back.
4. does anyone have experience about how long time I should estimate for setting up a service like this?
If you need to make some sort of a contract with a telco, be prepared for a couple of month's wait -- they're not too quick in these things...
 
Lorus Ghut
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Hi!
Thanks for informative answere!!
Looks like the companies that you mentioned provide what I am looking for.
However I still am interested in more viewpoints about the topic, are there other similare companies out there providing the same services?
 
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