SMS in rails

hi, i am making a rails app which can send a message to mobile.
Can any body tell me that which gatway is providing the free service to
send
a message?
and which gem in good to use?

Tools using:
Rails 3
Ruby 192

hi, i am making a rails app which can send a message to mobile.

Can any body tell me that which gatway is providing the free service to
send a message?
and which gem in good to use?

http://www.freesmsapi.com/ .

This is easy way to send sms using rails . it free . but i think there
is
limitation . only 100 sms per day

Thank u


Regards

sathia
http://www.sathia27.wordpress.com

On 26 May 2011 10:12, Sathia S [email protected] wrote:

This is easy way to send sms using rails . it free . but i think there is
limitation . only 100 sms per day

Not to mention the fact that it only works with Indian phone numbers,
which may or may not be an issue for the OP.

Colin

These days, I’d look at Twilio for drop dead easy and quick development.
There are also gems for providers like clickatel. Of course, all the
advice below is excellent and provides a really good backgrounder, but
if developer time is at a premium and load is uncertain, Twilio isn’t
the cheapest per message, but it’s very quick to get set up with.

Best Wishes,
Peter

Generally speaking, most cell phone carriers have an e-mail to SMS
gateway that you can send a message to (say [email protected]).
Most low to medium volume setups I’ve seen use something like that.
Now, on the other hand, if you’re really needing a true SMS gateway,
chances are you’ll just have to pay for it. I haven’t seen anything
(I’m in the US so it may be different elsewhere) that’s reliable, not
throttled pretty severely (like the 100/day limit another poster
mentioned) and actually a reputable company, for free.

When sending SMS messages, the gateway provider you use can have
different ways of doing it. The most “direct” way I know of is to
form your own SMPP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_message_peer-to-
peer_protocol) messages and dispatch those to the SMSC, but that gets
down on the protocol level, which I personally don’t like doing if I
don’t have to. I looked at this myself a few years ago, and in my
situation, opted to use a simple XML-based web service that was
provided by the SMSC. It was as simple as sending a properly
formatted POST body to the SMSC itself, which was then responsible for
forming the actual SMS message.

I advocate using a similar approach (HTTP/web service based) if
possible because it avoids the potential issues where you may have to
learn the inner workings of SMPP and risk a potential mis-
implementation that could break when SMSC software gets upgraded in
the future. Using a vendor-supplied API is generally safer, as they
will usually (if the vendor is worth anything at all) preserve
backwards compatibility with their API across new versions.
Abstraction layers are a good thing :slight_smile:

Additionally, at the time there didn’t seem to be a lot of
documentation for a Ruby-based SMPP library. I believe there was one
available as a gem, but I don’t remember its name off-hand. I
remember looking at it and thinking, “wow, there’s very little
documentation or community behind this, so if I use it and run into a
problem, I may have no access to help at all.” I also seem to recall
that it hadn’t been updated in a while, but that may not be a big deal
if they got the implementation right with their last release (it was a
pure ruby library as I recall, no major dependencies). Bear in mind
this was about two years ago, and things may have changed in the
meantime.

Hope this helps - good luck!

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