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Short Message Service (SMS). This feature introduced on 2013 will allow you to send and receive messages with your DID Number (US DID Numbers Only).Currently is in beta and will remain free throughout 2013 (the price will be 1 cent per message starting in 2014).  
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'''SMS Service'''
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Short Message Service (SMS). This feature will allow you to send and receive messages with your DID Number (US and Canada DID Numbers Only).
Please note that this feature is for regular customer usage. '''No automation, telemarketing, bulk sending or receiving will be allowed.'''
Please note that this feature is for regular customer usage. '''No automation, telemarketing, bulk sending or receiving will be allowed.'''
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  '''Our SMS service is no longer in BETA. Starting August 1st 2020, SMS messages will be charged at a rate of $0.0075 per messages.'''
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== Identifying an SMS DID Number ==
 
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The first you need to know is that this feature is only available for '''US DID Numbers''' at this moment, also you will encounter that some numbers will have now a little icon of a phone device, this has been deployed to indicate that the number support SMS.
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You can start ordering a DID Number from your portal >> DID Numbers >> Order DID >> Local Numbers >> US Numbers and you will be able to purchase your desired number, just make sure it support the SMS feature.
 
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[[File:SMS 1.png]]
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== Blog Articles ==
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[https://wiki.voip.ms/article/Benefits_of_SMS/MMS_Campaigns_vs._Email_Marketing Benefits of SMS/MMS Campaigns vs. Email Marketing]
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[https://wiki.voip.ms/article/How_to_Generate_Leads_with_SMS/MMS%3F How to Generate Leads with SMS/MMS?]
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== Important information to know about the SMS Service ==
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* The SMS Service is only available for US and Canadian local and Toll-Free DID Numbers marked with the distinctive SMS Icon.
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* SIP SMS messages will only be delivered to and accepted from SIP trunks using username/password authentication.
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* SIP SMS messages use the SIP MESSAGE method. See [https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3428 RFC 3428] for details.
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* The SMS Service can only be used to send SMS Messages to Canadian and US 10 digit numbers at this time. We also cannot guarantee that International SMS will be properly received.
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* VoIP.ms reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to limit or disable the SMS service from any account that may present marketing patterns / automation patterns / bulk sending or receiving.
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* At this time we cannot guarantee that Short Code SMS Messages, which are usually 6 digits or less (e.g.: Skype, Bank Codes, TV Commercials etc...) will work.
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* We cannot guarantee that accents or special characters including non-Latin letters will be properly delivered.
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* For '''Ported In Numbers''' compatible with the feature: The SMS Functionality will be available up to 48 hours after the porting process is marked as Completed.
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If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Support Staff on the Live Chat or Ticket System.
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== Identifying a SMS DID Number ==
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You will note that some numbers have a little icon of a cellphone device, this indicates that the number supports SMS. Please note that not all locations support SMS at this time.
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You can start ordering a DID Number from your portal >> DID Numbers >> [https://www.voip.ms/m/dids.php Order DID] >> Local Numbers >> (US or Canada) Numbers and you will be able to purchase your desired number, just make sure it supports the SMS feature.
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[[File:SMS 1.png|thumb|none|600px]]
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== Canada Toll Free Numbers ==
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Canada Toll-Free numbers are a special case where even though the SMS service is available, this needs to be requested and enabled manually. Identify if the Toll-Free supports SMS by its grey cell phone icon.
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[[File:Tfsms.png]]
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When purchasing a Canada Toll-Free number, a request needs to be sent out directly to the carrier. Please reach out to support via Live Chat or by email at '''support@voip.ms''' and request to enable the Toll-free for SMS. The activation process may take up to '''3 business days''' and support will confirm once the number has been enabled for SMS.
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== Configuring the SMS service ==
== Configuring the SMS service ==
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Once purchased the SMS Service need to be activated on the DID settings, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> Manage DID >> Edit Selection >> SMS.  
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Once purchased the SMS Service needs to be activated on the DID settings, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> Manage DID >> Edit Selection >> SMS.  
On that section you can activate and configure some forward options for the SMS service.  
On that section you can activate and configure some forward options for the SMS service.  
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  (Feature in beta) This phone number has SMS capability. This means the number can receive SMS text messages as well as sending them. Please       
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[[File:SMSSIPAccount.png]]
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  activate one or more options for the SMS delivery. This feature is currently in beta and will remain free throughout 2013 (the price will
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[[File:SMS2.png]]
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The first action to take is to mark the '''Short Message Service (SMS) service''', by enabling this field the SMS Service will be active and have a charge of $0.0075 per SMS.
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* '''VoIP.ms SMS Portal''': This is enabled by default and it can't be modified, that means that you will be able to create and send messages from the SMS Message Center.
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The first action to take is to mark the '''Short Message Service (SMS) service''', by enabling this field the SMS Service will be active and free until 2014.
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*'''SMS Email Address''': By activating this option all the SMS Messages will be sent to the email address you configure in this field. The advantage of this option is that you will receive your SMS Messages directly to your email and you will be able to Reply to these messages from your email too. You just need to click on '''reply''' to the email. Please note that e-mail responses are as well limited to 160 characters and if they exceed this limit, they'll be split in two (or more messages if applies) when sent.  
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* '''VoIP.ms SMS Portal''': This is enabled by defualt and it can't be modified, that's mean that you will be able to Create and Send messages from the SMS Message Center.  
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  To reply the SMS Message via your email it is important to click on Reply and '''DON'T change or modify'''  
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  the destination mail "TO" 
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  (sms@voip.ms)and the subject E.G [#USXXX] Message sent to 5555555555.
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*'''SMS Email Address''': By activating this option all the SMS Messages will be sent to the email address you configure on the field. The greatest power of this option is that you will receive your SMS Messages direclty to your email and you will be able to Reply these messages from your email too. You just need to click on '''reply''' on the email.  
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*'''SMS Forward''': You can have your SMS Messages forwarded to your cellphone or any other number that supports SMS, with this option you will receive the SMS Messages from our system to the configured phone number.  
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   To reply the SMS Message via your email is important to click on Reply and '''DON'T change or modify''' the destination mail "TO" 
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   The CallerID sent to the Call Forwarded Cell Phone will be the DID Number that received the SMS Message. Is not possible to forward the original Caller ID at this time.
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  (sms@voip.ms)and the subject E.G [#USXXX] Message sent to 5555555555 (this subject will change according to the SMS  you sent).
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*'''SMS Forward''': You can have your SMS Messages forwarded to your cellphone or other number with the SMS feature supported, with this option you just receive the SMS Messages from our system however you can't reply the Message using this option.  
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*'''SMS SIP Account''': You can have your SMS Messages forwarded to your selected SIP account.  They will be sent through our SMS/SIP gateway as a SIP MESSAGE.  
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*'''SMS URL Callback''': By enabling this option you will be bale to send the messages to another destination E.G your own server. If selected SMS Messgages received  by your DID will Send a GET request to the URL Callback  provided. Available Variables for your URL:
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  The destination ("To" header field) of the SIP MESSAGE will be your account name, instead of the destination number of the original SMS.
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  '''{FROM}''' The phone number that sent you the message
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  '''{TO}''' The DID Number that recieve the message
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  '''{MESSAGE'''} The content of the message
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  '''Example''': http: //mysite.com/sms.php?to={TO}&from={FROM}&message={Message}
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*'''URL Callback Retry''': When selected, we will be expecting an "ok" output (without quotes) from your URL callback page as an indicator that you have received the message correctly. If we don't received the "ok" letters (without quotes) from your callback page, we will keep sending you the same message every 30 minutes.  
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*'''SMS URL Callback''': By enabling this option you will be able to send the messages to another destination e.g. your own server. If selected SMS Messages received by your DID will Send a GET request to the URL Callback provided. Available variables for your URL:
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Once you configure the desired option click on Apply Changes.  
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  '''{ID}''' The ID of the SMS message.
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  '''{TIMESTAMP}''' The date and time the message was received.
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  '''{FROM}''' The phone number that sent you the message
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  '''{TO}''' The DID Number that received the message
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  '''{MESSAGE}''' The content of the message
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  '''Example''': http: //mysite.com/sms.php?to={TO}&from={FROM}&message={MESSAGE}&id={ID}&date={TIMESTAMP}
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*'''URL Callback Retry''': When selected, we will be expecting an "ok" output (without quotes) from your URL callback page as an indicator that you have received the message correctly. If we don't received the "ok" (without quotes) from your callback page, we will keep sending you the same message every 30 minutes.  
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Once you configure the desired option, click on Apply Changes.
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== Send and Receive Messages ==
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== Send and Receive Messages (Web Interface)==
===SMS Message Center===
===SMS Message Center===
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To start using the service you will need to use the SMS Message Center, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> SMS Message Center.  
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To start using the service you will need to use the SMS Message Center, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> [https://www.voip.ms/m/sms.php SMS Message Center].
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For Mobile Devices please use [https://sms.voip.ms/ sms.voip.ms] as a complete all in one solution.  
From the SMS Message Center you can check your SMS History, send and receive SMS messages.  
From the SMS Message Center you can check your SMS History, send and receive SMS messages.  
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[[File:SMS31.png]]
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[[File:SMS.png|thumb|none|600px]]
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*'''Search Range''': Select a Date Range of your SMS History, you can select the starting date to the final date,by marking the "Show Details" field the text messages will be displayed.
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*'''Search Range''': Select a Date Range of your SMS History. You can select a time period by marking the "Show Details" field and the text messages will be displayed.
*'''Search Filter''': You can filter your Search by DID, Contact and Type (Sent, Received and Both).
*'''Search Filter''': You can filter your Search by DID, Contact and Type (Sent, Received and Both).
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*'''Send New SMS Messages''': By clicking there another window will be opened in order to compose a new SMS Message.
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*'''Send New SMS Messages''': Another window will open by clicking here in order to create a new SMS Message.
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*'''Checking a Message''': To check a received SMS Messgage just click directly to it in order to display the information.
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*'''Delete Selected Messages''': This action will delete any messages that you have selected, by clicking on the box next to them. '''This action cannot be undone.'''
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===Compose a New SMS Message===
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*'''Delete All Messages''': Delete ALL your SMS Messages, both sent and received. '''This action cannot be undone.'''
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[[File:SMS41.png]]
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*'''Checking a Message''': To check a received SMS Message just click it directly in order to display the information.
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You can compose a new '''SMS Message''' we will explain you all the parameters you can encounter on this section:
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===Create a New SMS Message===
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* '''DID''': If you have more than one DID Number you can select the one you want to use to send your message.  
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[[File:SMS41.png|thumb|none|600px]]
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* '''Contact''': The destination phone number or if you have a [[Phone book|Phone book entry]] start typing the name and the system will display the information if finded.
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* '''Message''': You can compose your message on that field, please note that you have up to 160 characters.
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Then click on Send Message to send the SMS.
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You can create a new '''SMS Message''' we will explain you all the parameters you can find on this section:
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* '''DID''': If you have more than one DID Number you can select any of the numbers available to send your message.
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* '''Contact''': The destination phone number or if you have a [[Phone book|Phone book entry]] start typing the name and the system will display the information if available.
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* '''Message''': You can create your message on that field, please note that you have up to 160 characters.
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== Important information to know about the SMS Service ==  
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Then click on 'Send Message' to send the SMS.
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== Send and Receive Messages (SIP Protocol) ==
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'''SMS via SIP''' service is only available through '''SIP Protocol and user/password authentication'''. IP Auth and IAX2 are not available at this time.
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'''Please refer to our guide [[SIP/SMS with FreePBX]] for instructions on how to configure the service with a FreePBX'''
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=== Sending ===
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*DID must have the '''"Short Message Service (SMS)"''' service option enabled. This option can be enabled from the Manage DIDs > Edit DID page.
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*To send an SMS from your SIP account, it is required that you set your Caller ID number to one of your SMS enabled DIDs.  This will be the number you will be sending the message from. You can configure the Caller ID number from your customer portal for the specific subaccount if you are using a softphone or directly from your extension or trunk if you are using an Asterisk or PBX server.
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*It's important to note that if you configure your caller ID name in your SIP client to be a 10 digits number, this will override your caller ID number. If the caller ID name is anything different than a 10 digits number this will be discarded and the Caller ID number will be used.
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*If you are an asterisk or PBX user, please make sure to use the latest version of '''Asterisk (v12 or higher)''' and use '''chan_pjsip''' for the trunk. This is an asterisk limitation.
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*The Desktop version of Zoiper requires the user to have the '''PRO version''' activated to be able to send SMS messages as well as to enable '''SIP Presence'''. Please contact Technical Support to request SIP presence to be enabled for your account for the VoIP.ms POP you are using. While normally not required, there may be other cases not documented of softphones or apps requiring SIP Presence to be enabled. Please contact technical support if you encounter any issue with your specific software.
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*The '''free Desktop version''' of Zoiper cannot send SMS messages and is only capable of receiving SMS.
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*The '''mobile version''' of Zoiper is completely free of these limitations. Free version already works for sending and receiving without the need of SIP presence.
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*When sending an SMS message, the recipient number must be 10 digits. Avoid using the prefix '"1"' since is not supported at the moment. The system will recognize the numbers as in 10 digits.
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*The current characters limit for a '''single SMS is 160'''. If a message is bigger than 160 characters it will be split into blocks of up to 160 characters each and be sent as independent messages. The maximum total message length for SMS via SIP is 2000 characters.
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=== Receiving ===
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*DID must have the '''"Short Message Service (SMS)"''' service option enabled. This option can be enabled from the Manage DIDs > Edit DID page.
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*Enable the option '''"SMS SIP Account"''' and select the account destination for your SMS messages to this number.
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*The account receiving SMS must be registered successfully in any of our POPs.
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* '''The SMS Service is in BETA version, that's mean is not fully deployed, is important to us if you report any issue or inconvenience with this service.'''
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*To ensure the best results receiving the SMS messages, do not register the same SIP account on more than one softphone or app at the same time, this can lead to unexpected results.
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* '''The SMS Service will be free until 2014.'''
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*For SIP devices that require this information, such as a trunk or PBX, we encode the original destination number in a custom SIP header field named "X-SMS-To".
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* '''The SMS Service is only available for US DID Numbers marked with the distinctive SMS Icon. No ETA for Canada SMS Messages.'''
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*3CX softphone currently does not support any third party SMS service. It will only work by having a direct connection to the 3CX PBX system. Please contact 3CX for more details.
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=== Send SIP/SMS with FreePBX ===
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It is possible to configure a FreePBX system to send SMS, please refer [[SIP/SMS with FreePBX | here]] for detailed instructions.

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SMS Service


Short Message Service (SMS). This feature will allow you to send and receive messages with your DID Number (US and Canada DID Numbers Only).

Please note that this feature is for regular customer usage. No automation, telemarketing, bulk sending or receiving will be allowed.

 Our SMS service is no longer in BETA. Starting August 1st 2020, SMS messages will be charged at a rate of $0.0075 per messages.


Contents


Blog Articles

Benefits of SMS/MMS Campaigns vs. Email Marketing

How to Generate Leads with SMS/MMS?

Important information to know about the SMS Service

If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Support Staff on the Live Chat or Ticket System.

Identifying a SMS DID Number

You will note that some numbers have a little icon of a cellphone device, this indicates that the number supports SMS. Please note that not all locations support SMS at this time.

You can start ordering a DID Number from your portal >> DID Numbers >> Order DID >> Local Numbers >> (US or Canada) Numbers and you will be able to purchase your desired number, just make sure it supports the SMS feature.

SMS 1.png


Configuring the SMS service

Once purchased the SMS Service needs to be activated on the DID settings, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> Manage DID >> Edit Selection >> SMS.

On that section you can activate and configure some forward options for the SMS service.

SMSSIPAccount.png

The first action to take is to mark the Short Message Service (SMS) service, by enabling this field the SMS Service will be active and have a charge of $0.0075 per SMS.

 To reply the SMS Message via your email it is important to click on Reply and DON'T change or modify 
 the destination mail "TO"  
 (sms@voip.ms)and the subject E.G [#USXXX] Message sent to 5555555555.
 The CallerID sent to the Call Forwarded Cell Phone will be the DID Number that received the SMS Message. Is not possible to forward the original Caller ID at this time.
 The destination ("To" header field) of the SIP MESSAGE will be your account name, instead of the destination number of the original SMS.
 {ID} The ID of the SMS message.
 {TIMESTAMP} The date and time the message was received.
 {FROM} The phone number that sent you the message
 {TO} The DID Number that received the message
 {MESSAGE} The content of the message
 Example: http: //mysite.com/sms.php?to={TO}&from={FROM}&message={MESSAGE}&id={ID}&date={TIMESTAMP}

Once you configure the desired option, click on Apply Changes.

Send and Receive Messages (Web Interface)

SMS Message Center

To start using the service you will need to use the SMS Message Center, from your portal >> DID Numbers >> SMS Message Center.

For Mobile Devices please use sms.voip.ms as a complete all in one solution.

From the SMS Message Center you can check your SMS History, send and receive SMS messages.

SMS.png

Create a New SMS Message

SMS41.png

You can create a new SMS Message we will explain you all the parameters you can find on this section:

Then click on 'Send Message' to send the SMS.

Send and Receive Messages (SIP Protocol)

SMS via SIP service is only available through SIP Protocol and user/password authentication. IP Auth and IAX2 are not available at this time.
Please refer to our guide SIP/SMS with FreePBX for instructions on how to configure the service with a FreePBX

Sending

Receiving

Send SIP/SMS with FreePBX

It is possible to configure a FreePBX system to send SMS, please refer here for detailed instructions.

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