Short Message Service (SMS)

Short Message Service (SMS) is used to send text messages to mobile phones. The messages can typically be up to 160 characters in length, though some services use 5-bit mode, which supports 224 characters.


How Bandwidth is Involved with SMS

People love to text, whether it’s with a friend or a business. It’s quick, easy, and effective. Businesses use Bandwidth SMS to incorporate texting as a part of their application or software—it’s an easy way to move the sales needle, care for existing customers, or share news with friends or colleagues.

Bandwidth provides two texting functionalities to allow your business to integrate SMS. With SMS Messaging Gateway, businesses can text-enable phone numbers and maintain total control over their own SMPP (SMS) and MM4 (MMS) servers. Bandwidth’s other SMS integration offering is our SMS Messaging API. The API enables our customers to incorporate SMS into their products seamlessly. However, our messaging services don’t stop at SMS. End users have the ability to send and receive pictures, videos, and audio, while also using group messaging and toll-free texting. These capabilities can be added into a business app in just a few minutes.

Bandwidth’s SMS Messaging API offers a variety of features that allow our customers:

  • Ability to add emojis, pictures, audio, and more
  • Long message support
  • Dependable delivery
  • Global reach
  • PIN codes and notifications
  • Bi-directional unicode
  • Redundant network

What Are the Benefits of Bandwidth’s SMS

Bandwidth owns and operates one of the largest All-IP Voice Networks in the nation. On this network, Bandwidth has built a full suite of communication APIs to meet the ever-growing needs that our customers face to incorporate more ways for their customers to engage with what matters to them. Bandwidth offers services for voice, messaging, 9-1-1 access and phone numbers. Bandwidth allows for Voice and Messaging to be easily integrated into a businesses platform to create a better user experience that empowers users to communicate even farther with your business.

Since Bandwidth owns and operates the network, our customers are able to enjoy fast, reliable communication services, scalability, and cost savings. Bandwidth offers our customers world class support with a 24/7 NOC team that is there to address issues as soon as they arise. In addition, Bandwidth’s communication services are built to scale. Whether you are a small start-up or an enterprise giant, Bandwidth services can scale to meet your needs. Partnering with Bandwidth lets you avoid dealing with a middleman, this means more cost savings for your business while connecting with a service you can trust. Bandwidth has mastered SMS, so you can focus on what matters most to you.


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