If I live, let's say, in the North of The United States, and I want to send a text message (from my email, if that makes a difference) to someone in the South of The United States and as far as the other coast of the continent, will that person:
a) get the text approximately around the time when I send it?
b) get the text when she returns to where the coverage is guaranteed to work? -or-
c) never get it unless she happens to be in the covered zone when the text message is delivered?
(I know how to do email-to-SMS, and I've done it before, so that's not an issue.)
I have to ask because I never had a cell, and I'm not interested in them, so therefore I don't exactly know how these small things might work.
Could someone enlighten me, please?
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What you're talking about is called an SMS gateway.
a) the recipient SHOULD get the message around when you send it (slight to no delay)
b) unless they're out of range of a mobile network in which case she willget the text when she returns to where the coverage is guaranteed to work
I'll just say that I know people have their reasons but cell phones are a huge convenience.
People don't use SMS as much anymore. With an internet plan you can use "free" unlimited
messaging services (e.g. whatsapp) which are practically instantaneous. Not to mention "free"
video chat etc. If you're at home most of the time these points are moot of course
Almost nobody in the United States uses the term SMS, by the way. The only reason I know to use it is that I worked in the US office of a European tech company on my previous job and we offered some SMS related services and I have friends overseas who know the term. Unfortunately in the USA, the only term 99% of the population understands is "texting".
Actually, kids and even a surprising amount of adults use SMS all the time in the USA. Young people use it in stupid situations where they could just ask someone a question in less time than it takes to write the message when the other person is a few feet away. I have co-workers who would rather use it endlessly for 5-10 minutes to resolve a work problem when a simple 1 minute phone call could do the job.
There are NO GUARANTEES period if you try to send email to SMS. NONE. My work used to rely on this as a monitoring mechanism for some computer systems and we found that messages never got received or might come up to a full day after they were sent. Needless to say, we had to use a real monitoring solution in the end. If you try to send a message to someone's phone maybe they will get it and maybe they won't. If in reality you live outside the USA and you send email to SMS to a US based recipient, you should be aware that every cell phone provider will charge the recipient an extra charge, usually 10 or 15 cents, if they open your message.
Thank you very much, guys.
It's no big deal, not like it's a business thing that must be delivered, or else... It's just that the earliest it's delivered, the sooner it's accomplished.
Info very much appreciated.