[VoiceOps] SMS gateway API.
abalashov at evaristesys.com
Sun Aug 9 20:44:40 EDT 2009
Thanks for your reply.
I think I've pretty much ruled out using SMS to accomplish what I was
looking to accomplish simply because there's no way the costs would
scale appropriately to the task.
I was wanting to get a high-volume stream of updates from a mobile
device (non-phone) that moves and does not always operate in areas of
the US where anything but basic digital coverage is available - and
certainly not 3G.
But if - even granted a large up-front investment in a shortcode - there
is an operating cost of at least several hundred dollars a day, there's
just no way that's going to work.
Personally, I think SMS is just a pointless waste of money and time.
It's far too much of a profit center to try to do anything serious with
it. It's designed to maximise billing to parents of teenagers, not to
be used as a transport layer for any sort of serious application. If
one wants to backhaul real-time and/or high-frequency data from devices
in the field, unlimited data is more or less the way to do it. The
stakeholders I was talking to were just interested in a "hack" because
they faced the unique problem of not being able to count on any sort of
EDGE or 3G coverage.
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