Definition (in plain language)
Yes, you don't want to hear complex technical terms to know what an SMS gateway is. So let me explain it to you very simply.
You have a cellphone, right? And a cellphone has a device that can read an SMS card. That device is inserted inside your cellphone.
Well, SMS gateway is a box-shaped machine. It has many devices like your cellphone device inserted inside. So, technologically, an SMS gateway has many "cellphones" in it. So you can put many SMS cards in it, and use it as many cellphones, which you can use to send and receive SMS messages.
It looks like this.
But you might be wondering, how to send and receive SMS messages through a box? It seems that there is no keyboard on it.
The answer is, through software.
An SMS gateway can connect to a computer through the cable. There will be software to control that SMS gateway. You can use this software on your computer. That's how you can send and receive SMS messages through an SMS gateway.
You control the SMS gateway through the internet. SMS gateway sends and receives SMS messages through the cellular network.
It works like this.
Difference between different uses
Now you have a basic understanding of how SMS gateway works. And you might be wondering, if I can use an SMS gateway for SMS messaging, then I can use it for phone calls, or can I?
Yes, you can. But there are distinctions in different gateways.
For phone calls only, the gateway is called the VoIP gateway. It is operated under a different protocol than the SMS gateway. Some gateways can be used for both phone calls and SMS messaging.
In this article, we are mainly introducing SMS gateways.
SMS gateway typesWeb to SMS
It is based on sending messages from websites to mobile phones. Such gateways allow using of extra functions and apps.
An online SMS gateway is a web-based platform that businesses use to send text messages to customers. Accessed via a dashboard, you load up contact lists and send, receive and track SMS campaigns. Especially useful for sending mass text message blasts and SMS marketing campaigns.SMS to Email
This kind of SMS gateway allows you to send SMS messages through emails.
You don't need to install any app. Any email platform is available to send SMS messages.
But you do need to have the information of your recipients' cellphone operators. Cause the receiving addresses must be [email protected] For detailed instructions, please refer to this article:
[3 Ways to Send Text Messages From Computer (Including a Free One)]
Here is the list of email to SMS gateway addresses of some operators.
AT&T SMS email gateway – @txt.att.net
Sprint SMS email gateway – @messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile SMS email gateway – @tmomail.net
Verizon SMS email gateway – @vtext.com
If you want to know other email gateway addresses, you can contact the operators directly.SMS to Skype
It’s possible to send messages to Skype with the help of individual gateways.
How can SMS gateway help your business? (the usages)
SMS gateway is mainly used for sending bulk SMS messages. Merchants sending bulk SMS messages for various purposes. Below are the main three usages.Verification SMS
Merchants send verification SMS messages to verify users' identities. To make sure the users have valid phone numbers, and also prevent their accounts' safety. To know more about this topic, please refer to this article:
[What You Should Know About OTP Verification Number]Notification SMS
Notification SMS messages are used to inform people of the necessary information. It could be changed to an account, an upcoming event, or a discount activity. It could be a good way for merchants to well serve the users thus connect to the users more. For more information about this topic, check this article:
[Understand SMS Notification]Marketing SMS
SMS marketing is a very important usage of bulk SMS messages. Merchants can send bulk SMS messages to potential customers and build new business. The SMS message is cost-friendly. Many people have cell phones. SMS marketing is quite popular among all kinds of merchants around the world. Check this article for more details about this topic:
[Everything You Need to Know About SMS Marketing, SMS Campaign, and Bulk SMS Marketing]
How can you get an SMS gateway?E-commerce platforms
Buy through Amazon, Alibaba, and other e-commerce platforms.
[Alibaba]Individual online shops
Some manufacturers sell SMS gateways at their online websites.SMS platforms
Some SMS messaging platforms also sell SMS gateways, such as China Skyline. Check this to know more:
[China Skyline Telecom]