Postmaster @ vtext.com (or what are best practice to send SMS these days)
david at davidcoulson.net
Wed Apr 16 19:19:30 UTC 2008
In my experience, even with TAP, sending messages to a cell phone is
spotty at best. I have folks on both uni-directional pagers via TAP or
SNPP, as well as cell phones via e-mail and TAP. There isn't a
noticeable difference in delivery time between e-mail and TAP on the phones.
Cell to Cell is probably the best option if you want to stick with SMS
to cell phones. I have no idea how reliable it is between carriers. I
still get some comfort knowing that people have pagers with a TAP
gateway - I've no idea how the technology differs between a pager and
SMS, but it seems much more reliable. All of the pager problems I've had
in the last few years have been, erm, 'payment related'.
David Ulevitch wrote:
> We've noticed that 1234567890 at vtext.com is no longer a very reliable
> form of delivery for alerts from Nagios, et al. It seems as our
> volume of alerts has risen, our delivery rate has dropped precipitously.
> We don't expect much trying to actually reach a postmaster for
> vtext.com so I thought the better question would be to ask what the
> current best practice is to get SMS alerts out?
> Back in the day, I remember a company I worked for had something
> called a TAP gateway. Is that still a good route? I've also been
> told to check out an SMS gateway/api service called clickatell.com --
> anyone using them to delivering timely notifications?
> Is the best thing to do to try and get a programmable cellphone in a
> What else are operators doing to get the pages out when things go wonky?
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