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    Default Business SMS to clients

    Hi all, looking for some smarts about using SMS to notify clients of upcoming dates, events etc....I have absolutely no experience in this software or its requirements costs etc.

    I see Telecom has eTXT for $100 setup, $10 p/mth on account and some charges for texting....There is also Net24....and a couple others, but not sure what to look for. We will be doing bulk SMS, rather than 1 at a time, so wiould need to be able to import csv file or something. Would be great to do it via Outlook or similar, rather than plugging in a phone to the PC..

    Anybody know anything about this tech?
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    Default Re: Business SMS to clients

    Apparently you can do it via Outlook, but you do need a service provider. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ou...010107893.aspx Just tried to set it up, all went well until it came to selecting a provider - didn't go any further - but once set up this shows how to send out: http://www.labnol.org/software/tutor...-outlook/2866/

    On that second link is a ad, for kiwilink - prices dont look to bad - http://www.kiwilink.co.nz/sms.php?gc...Fal7QgodDmwAQQ

    Edited: have a look on the right at the sms guide, looks like you can use your address book, using their own program.
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    Default Re: Business SMS to clients

    Thx WT...having a look at it now....
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    We use etext at work, you tie it to your domain name then can send text to 6426XXXXXX@etext.co.nz and the replies will come via who ever send it, pretty smart really. You can also import and export CSV's and group people. We have the likes of CHCH@etext.co.nz that allow us to text all our chch staff for example. Super handy with the earthquakes and if you have a wan outage or something.

    I note my local DVD store send text via an 022 number, don't know if they are doing it via a CTU or something like that.

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    Default Re: Business SMS to clients

    I've used both an international service, as well as a DIY situation. You can link up with the Vodafone Vodems and script it via command line quite easily (Tested in Linux, not Windows).
    Then get a prepaid SIM that gives you several thousand texts a month.
    Also means you can receive responses at no cost either
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    Default Re: Business SMS to clients

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex B View Post
    We use etext at work, you tie it to your domain name then can send text to 6426XXXXXX@etext.co.nz and the replies will come via who ever send it, pretty smart really. You can also import and export CSV's and group people. We have the likes of CHCH@etext.co.nz that allow us to text all our chch staff for example. Super handy with the earthquakes and if you have a wan outage or something.

    I note my local DVD store send text via an 022 number, don't know if they are doing it via a CTU or something like that.
    Yeah, had a look at eTxt, but it is very expensive if you ask me?, 10c to Telecom, 17c to others.....I can see that mounting up quickly if you send to 100 at a go!...
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    Yeah so 5000 txts on the $19 a month to any network on the prepaid plan or whatever == Much cheaper!
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    Not cheap but a pretty good turn key solution.

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