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Are SMS gateway services providers protocol/interface specific?

SMS gateway services providers usually only support certain protocols and interfaces. This might place a limit on the what, how and where of their products and services. What protocols and interfaces do these service providers typically use? HTTP: This is very simple to use and the most commonly supported protocol for sending and receiving text messages. However, it is not very secure. When logging in to an online portal where you have to submit sensitive personal information like your bank account details, service providers will use HTTPS (HTTP + SSL encryption) to ensure your safety. HTTPS encrypts data so your information can’t be stolen online. XML over HTTP / HTTPS: A SMS gateway services provider will use XML over HTTP / HTTPS for sending bulk SMS messages because it enables the submission of a large amount of SMS messages in a single HTTP request. SMTP: For sending email to SMS / or SMS to email messages. FTP: One or more SMS messages are put in a text file and uploaded to the SMS gateway provider’s FTP server. Like XML over HTTP / HTTPS, FTP is a better choice than HTTP / HTTPS for sending bulk SMS messages since it enables the submission of a large amount of SMS messages in a single upload. SMPP: The SMPP protocol is – Standard operator GSM interface. If you are unsure if a SMS gateway services provider has the means to develop and support your intended product, you can ask for more information on the protocols and interfaces they...

Make mobile aggregation services work for you

When is the last time you were excited about interacting with your clients? If client communication conjures up pictures of blood, sweat and tears, you will be relieved to know that mobile aggregation services can turn your marketing strategies completely around – without breaking your back or your bank. Send your clientele informative, educational and promotional material via wireless applications. They can receive these messages directly on their phone (e.g. a SMS or MMS) or you can they can follow a link from their phone to a website or online portal where they can subscribe to your products or services. Your marketing strategy will determine what you use and when / how you implement everything. Mobile aggregation services are managed by qualified and competent service providers, so it is not like you have to work out an elaborate plan on how to get things done. This also makes mobile marketing a better choice than email marketing as you can leave everything to the professionals and don’t need to struggle with unnecessary hassles like email servers and the likes. Stay in touch with your clients and maintain competitive advantage. Your text message can reach your clientele before they see the advertisement of your competitor in a newspaper. And because your messages are text based, it is easy for your customer to forward it to their friends and family and spread the word. Mobile aggregation services can also boost your company’s reputation and increase your “visibility”. Clients are reminded more often of your existence, so when they are in need of the kind of services or products you offer; your company...

Do SMS Gateway services providers have hidden costs?

When signing up for any kind of service, you always need to have a clear the water” first and determine the effectiveness of an SMS campaign amongst your clientele, it will be in your best interest to choose a service provider that doesn’t have minimum purchase requirements. This way you can experiment and add or subtract from your SMS campaign. Another important question concerns time limits. Do you have to use your SMS purchase within a specific timeframe, or does it roll over to the next month? If your credit expires quicker than you can use it, you might want to look at a SMS gateway services provider with more leeway when it comes to message expiration. Protect your interest. Ask for all costs pertaining to SMS gateway services to be explained in detail before you accept a contract from a...

Why the fuss about mobile aggregation services?

It is believed that mobile traffic will exceed web traffic within two to three years. With the focus of corporate communication shifting more and more towards wireless products, there is a need in the market for decent mobile aggregation services. If you think all the fuss is unnecessary or that this is just a passing craze – think again. Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, the cofounders of tablet times per day • 4 out of 5 minutes on a smartphone are spent on mobile applications. • Users spend more time on Facebook & Twitter through their phone than they do on their desktops Ken Doctor, news industry analyst, describes the mobile aggregation services craze like this: “Mobile is the greenest field around. We – news consumers –are flocking there. The speed of our migration is breath-taking. Tablet usage, as early adopters are joined by legions of others, keeps growing, and smartphones (which just officially passed dumb phones) are markedly increasing news audience consumption worldwide.” Contact Integrat for your mobile aggregation service...

Mobile billing: a green way of communicating

Mobile billing with Integrat isn’t only cost effective, but also environmentally friendly. So, whether it is green bucks you are after or you simply love our green South African trees – mobile communication is the green way to go. Companies spend thousands each year on paper products – envelopes, invoices, bills etc. It is a huge waste of money as customers generally read these documents once or twice and then throw it away. Snail mail has also long since been an ineffective way of communicating with your clientele as you have no way of knowing if they actually received their documents. Mobile billing allows you to send mobile statements to your clientele. It is very convenient for them and unbelievably cost effective for you. Mobile billing benefits Reach: no matter where your clientele lives, as long as they have access to a phone or the internet they can receive their monthly statement. Control: it also allows you to have more control over how and when your customers receive your communication. Rule out the “lost in the mail” excuse. These messages can be tracked and you can confirm if a customer did indeed receive the message or not. Accessibility: people always carry their mobile phones with them. Mobile billing saves them the time and money to track their monthly statements down. Also should they move and forget to update their physical address – no problem. People generally try to keep their cell phone numbers the same, so you will be able to reach them even if they relocate. Timely: your clientele can receive their monthly statements on time. Many people...

What to know when looking for SMS gateway services

There are a lot of mobile aggregation service providers who offer SMS gateway services. If you don’t know much about the newest trends in mobile communication, it can be a daunting task to find one that suits your needs. What should you know before you start looking? First of all it is important to know what or who it is you are looking for. These service providers use different terms to describe themselves, but in general they deliver the same kind of product or service. You can search for terms like: “mobile aggregation service provider” or “wireless application service provider/ WASP” or “mobile integration services”. If you have a look on Integrat’s website for instance, you will see the mentioned terms are used to describe who the company is and what they do. Use this as a point have. A willingness to share educational information online is a sure sign of trustworthiness and transparency. Remember, just as SMS gateway service providers differ in products and services, so will their costs. What can you afford? Look at your company’s budget and decide how much you have available to spend. Get in touch with different service providers and ask for their rates and if they have special offers. It is a good idea to get at least five quotes, or if possible, ten. Some mobile aggregators might want to determine your needs first before they give you a quote and will invite you for a consultation. Make use of the opportunity and get to know them and the products they offer. Prepare a list of questions to ask them beforehand and...

What is mobile billing?

One of the services that Integrat provides is mobile cost of the SMS message received. Reverse-billed SMS messages are only sent if specifically requested by the phone user. A daily weather alert is an example of a service where regular reverse-billed messages are received because the user requested the service. What if the user doesn’t want the service anymore? Providers are required by law or regulation to provide a means of opting out of a service once it has been commenced. Most typically, this is achieved by sending a stop message (most typically, simply STOP or NO) to the same number as the service itself. MO billing (Mobile Originate) is a form of mobile billing that allows you to bill the user on the originating transaction at higher than standard rate tariffs. The value of a mobile originate premium transaction is determined by the value of the access number. Typical application for this product is for once-off on-demand request for content/services like poems, ringtones, images, information (weather, stocks, bonds), or SMS competitions or SMS Chat services. WAP billing is a mechanism for consumers to buy content from Wireless Application Protocol sites that is charged directly to their mobile phone bill. It is an alternative payment mechanism to debit or credit cards. Using WAP billing, consumers can buy mobile content without registering for a service or entering a username or password. The user clicks on a link and agrees to make a purchase, after which they can download content. This includes downloading mobile entertainment content like ringtones, mobile games and wallpapers. Integrat can handle all your mobile billing needs and...

The benefits of signing up with Integrat

Integrat is at the forefront of wireless communication. By signing up with us, it comes to mobile aggregation, sms gateway services, and communication, your clientèle wants to hear and see stuff now and it needs to happen fast and painlessly. What better way to engage with your clients than via their mobile phones. People always have their mobile phones at hand whereas computers and laptops often get left behind. And for those of us who only have internet access at home, it sucks to wait for the working day to pass so you can go home, start the dial up on your computer and check your bank balance or play online games. Anything you can do to enrich the lives of your clientele will make them prefer you over your competitors. A customer will be rather opt for the store that can send them their account balance via an SMS than the one who can only put it on paper and mail it to their post box. Your business needs to keep up with the fast paced technological advances in wireless communication or get left behind. Grow your business with Integrat! Get in contact with us now and we will introduce you to the benefits of our products and...

Integrat’s amazing products

Put your company ahead of the competition with Integrat’s amazing products. We do mobile aggregation like it’s no one’s business. We can give you ways to communicate with your customers that will have them nodding their heads in approval and voicing their appreciation. You need to talk to your target market. You want to do it fast and flawlessly while achieving your communication goals every time. You want to have happy and satisfied customers without having to move heaven and earth to do it. Integrat’s products include USSD, MMS, Bulk SMS, IVR, LBS and mobile billing. How can you use our products to your advantage? First of all, there are a lot of uses for these products – it will depend on what your marketing strategy is and what type of message you want to convey to your clientele. You can come up with you own creative ideas for us to implement, or you can follow in the footsteps of the mobile communication trendsetters. The whole aim of our products is to allow you to deliver marketing and promotional material to your customers, or let you generate revenue by providing premium rated content that a subscriber is willing to pay for. For instance, you can have customers pay you to get the following on their phones: Ringtones Wallpapers Horoscopes Games Jokes The weather News and traffic updates Locating the nearest point of interest like a hospital or restaurant Or you can supply services like: Airtime top-up Banking Lead generation services Polling and research based services SMS competitions Pop-up messages Online statements Invoices Pay slips Medical notifications Tracking a loved...

What support can I expect from Integrat?

Does the mobile jargon and intricate processes at Integrat sound a little scary? No need to worry, we will never leave you high and dry or tell you to go figure things out for yourself. We are with you every little step of the way. Even if you want us to explain things in pictures, we have our crayons ready! Sometimes people browse through a website and they think: “wow, I really need these products and services. But I have no idea what these people are talking about!” Don’t the night or day. Give Integrat a shout and we will help you...

How can I get in touch with Integrat?

Integrat offers mobile products, services and support to help place your business on the map. No matter the size of your company, access to your transactions & revenue stats, login in with your account details on our website. Call centre support We operate a fully equipped call centre in eleven languages with state of the art call centre ticketing, recording, call management, VOIP routing, tracking and transaction log access and call reporting capabilities. The call centre staff provide basic device support e.g. instructions on WAP enablement and device compatibility. The more prominent function though is to facilitate unsubscribe requests, comparing this with refund indicators and processing refunds when warranted. During office hours, this is the number to call: +27 (0) 11 062 1400 In case of an emergency, dial +27 (0) 82 511 7837 For unsubscription queries our contact details are as follows: Telephone: +27 (0) 11 062 1402 or E-mail: support@integrat.co.za Get in touch with Integrat now for all your mobile aggregation...

About Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services

Have you ever heard about Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services in Africa? If you the words “WASPS” and “mobile integration” tickle your fancy, you might want to take note of this company. Based in South Africa, we are leaving a trail of satisfied customers all over Africa. Our support call centre can even help you in eleven languages, so whether your clients are national or international, we can converse with them. 24 hour technical support is also no problem as we are available 7 days a week the whole year long. You will have a unique access number to make basic device support a breeze. With fully automated workflow systems, our OPS support is able to respond to most configuration requests within a one hour during business hours. Integrat offers a range of services Integrat has a range of awesome services and products to help your businesses stay ahead in the mobile world. We will do all the hard work for you and worry about all the technical mumbo jumbo so you don’t have to. You will get a dedicated account manager to assist you with your day to day requirements. No need to get transferred from one person to another to try and figure out what is going on. An online account management interface provides you with real time information such as invoicing and revenue claims and statistics, tracking and transaction logs. USSD, MMS, Bulk SMS, Mobile billing, IVR, and LBS products Keep in contact with your clients through our USSD, MMS, Bulk SMS, Mobile billing, IVR and LBS products. These products are all affordable and up to par...

Products from Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services

Integrat offers various mobile integrated products to suit your company’s needs. Keep your clients informed and entertained with our MMS, SMS, USSD, mobile billing, IVR and LBS packages. If you are scratching your head about some of the abbreviations, don’t worry. We will take you on a virtual tour through our company and back to help you better understand what we (and our products) are all about. USSD: this stands for Unstructured Supplementary aren’t as “up to date” or “fancy” as others and might not display your message correctly – that is where we will save the day. Mobile billing: bill your users for any service on SMS, MMS, USSD, LBS, WEB, WAP and many more. Integrat supports a range of Premium Billing services including MT Billing, MO Billing, WAP and WEB Billing – all at competitive prices. IVR: when you dial a number and a recorded voice answers on the other end and asks you to press “one” for reception and “two” for accounts – that is Interactive Voice Response (IVR). It is a must have for any company with a call centre, but can also be used for the selling of content, previewing content, information services and many more. LBS: Location Based Service lets you accurately track a cell phone in a mobile network so you know where the mobile device in question is. Bulk SMS: we didn’t forget about the good ol’ Short Message Service. (Okay we won’t put a SMS in the same category as a telegram just yet.) Integrat provides easy to use tools and all the controls to send and receive messages from...

The services provided by Integrat

What services can Integrat provide? We have wonderful personnel that can cater to your every mobile need, whether you want assistance to develop your strategies or a friendly consultant to explain the ins and outs of our products. This is what we can do for you. Mobile aggregation: Although we are based in South Africa, we can assist you in your day to day requirements such as revenue statistics, tracking and transaction logs, invoicing and revenue claims as well as any general information you need. At Integrat our services are top notch and you will get more than you bargained for at reasonable...

Who is Integrat Mobile Aggregation Services?

Integrat is an international Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) Aggregator that operates in the Value Added Services sector of the Mobile Telecommunications Industry in Africa and South Africa. The core operation is based in South Africa with an extended footprint into the African continent as well as several other countries. We deliver state of the art mobile integration and billing services. We specialise in providing a gateway platform that aggregates WASP’s. Integrat is an enabler & aggregator of all your Mobile Telecommunications Value Added Services (VAS) integration needs. In short, we provide a mobile messaging and billing gateway platform that aggregates WASP’s. Our model allows you to focus on building your kick-ass business while we turn the complex gears of the mobile operator integration in the background. Our gateway supports a range of connectivity technologies through its Application Programming Interfaces (API). These include: HTTP (XML) – Suited for web applications such as PHP / ASP / JSP / Coldfusion / Perl etc. TCP/IP – Suited for applications such as C++, Java, VB, .Net etc. SMPP – Standard operator GSM interface Integrat offers connectivity to clients via the following bearers: Bulk SMS Web SMS SMS Premium Billing (MT billing / MO billing / well as a vegetable garden has been established up to date. Last but not least, Integrat is a member of WASPA the South African industry association and also serves on various committees within this forum. In certain countries where compliance management is immature, we have been leading with setting standards for compliance. It is a subject that we take very seriously in ensuring that our customers engage...
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