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A messaging API that does more with images, emojis, video, and audio

Text messaging that’s moved beyond text

It wasn’t all that long ago that text messaging was just that – messages sent from phone to phone that utilized text for communication. At lot has changed. Now our “text” messages contain photos, videos, audio, emojis, and GIFS (seriously…GIFS!) When you’re looking to integrate MMS into your app, product, or device you need a powerful, flexible API that doesn’t limit your users. Bandwidth’s MMS API seamlessly integrates with your applications over Bandwidth’s own nationwide network, providing reliable delivery of messages at a significant cost savings.

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Enable MMS on any phone number

Own your own numbers or don’t want to port your numbers over to Bandwidth? Not a problem! Bandwidth’s Hosted Messaging gives you the power to keep numbers where you want them, and use our powerful Messaging API on any number you choose.

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Never worry about lost messages

Sending a message that’s never delivered is a terrible experience for your users, which is why we’re proud of the close-knit relationships we keep with the major wireless carriers. As a major carrier ourselves we know what it takes to get the right messages delivered and how to shut down bad actors through our own SPAM and fraud mitigation platform – that’s the power that comes with owning your own network.

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With you every step of the way

With you every step of the way Finding the documentation or SDKs necessary to add MMS messaging to your product, service, or application isn’t really all that hard. But what about when you need help implementing that code? Do you know who to call if there’s a network outage that’s preventing your customers’ messages from being delivered? With Bandwidth, it’s easy. We welcome you with open arms, but our support doesn’t stop as soon as you’re in the door. From onboarding to our customer success team, we support you through every step, bump, and even the occasional hiccup, all included as part of being a Bandwidth customer (we don’t charge you extra for that extra attention!).

The world of messaging is changing

Knowing the regulations that dictate message delivery and your own limitations as a messaging user, can be the difference between providing a good and a GREAT customer experience. Understanding where messaging has been, and where it’s going, gives your business the advantage it needs to provide the best, most reliable experience possible.

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Frequently asked questions

What does MMS stand for?

MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service.

What is an MMS API?

An MMS API (application programming interface), allows a software developer to easily integrate the ability to send and receive multimedia messages via wireless networks into their software or application. A multimedia message or MMS is different from SMS in that it contains a media attachment, instead of just plain text or an emoji.

What types of media can I send over MMS?

MMS enables you to send and receive images, video, audio, and GIFs. This is different from SMS, which only allows you to send text and emojis.

Does Bandwidth offer an SMS API as well?

Yes. Bandwidth offers both an SMS and an MMS API.

Can I send and receive messages via MMS API?

Yes, Bandwidth’s API enables you to both send and receive MMS.

Can I send MMS via short codes?

Yes. In fact, you can send MMS over any type of number (short code, toll-free, or local). Currently, Bandwidth does not offer short code MMS, but it’s something we’re working on (so stay tuned).

Does MMS segment like SMS?

No. MMS doesn’t have character limits the way SMS does, but there can be data size limits based on the provider you’re working with.

Is MMS billed differently than SMS?

Yes, but still on a per-message basis (not based on the type or size of media you send).

How long is media stored?

Bandwidth stores MMS media for 48 hours.

Can you get delivery receipts for MMS?

Yes. Bandwidth does not currently offer this feature, but it is scheduled for release in July 2020.

Are emojis MMS?

No! While newer phones, software, and applications translate emojis into more graphical representations, emojis at their core are still just characters that can be sent over SMS. 😀