We’ve just added support for the Live sms SMS Gateway based in Australia. Live sms is an easy to use SMS platform built specifically for Australian SMEs, with the opportunity to earn Qantas Points for your business with every SMS sent.
We’ve just added support for the Bulksms2u.com SMS Gateway based in Malaysia. This is the 2nd Malaysian based SMS Gateway that we’ve added support for this month. You can signup for a trial account with Bulksms2u.com and receive 20 free credits to use for testing.
We’ve just added support for the Mocean SMS Gateway based in Malaysia. We had previously supported Mocean in fmSMS v3 so we’re pleased to now offer support once again for Mocean in fmSMS v4.
We’ve just added support for the 5c SMS SMS Gateway based in Australia. As their name suggests 5c SMS pricing starts at AUD 5c per message and goes down to 3.5c if you purchase in bulk. There are no setup costs or ongoing monthly fees and your prepaid credits never expire.
We’ve just added support for the SignalWire SMS Gateway based in the United States. SignalWire currently deliver to the United States and Canada and offer the lowest rates possible to everyone with no contracts. With fmSMS and SignalWire you can send SMS messages from the FileMaker platform and use our incoming PHP Webhooks files to receive incoming messages using either the FileMaker PHP API or the FileMaker Data API.
We’ve seen some amazing innovative solutions developed by our customers using our fmSMS solution over the past 15 years in many different industries. Here’s another one about “texting medicine” from Virginia, USA including COVID-19 screening in these times of social distancing and staying at home.
WAVY-10 TV in Virginia, USA ran a story about “texting medicine” featuring one of our clients Bryan Fine, MD from Percentric and how he’s using fmSMS to provide a “Doctor by Text” service including COVID-19 based screening. Great to see our fmSMS Chat View appearing on TV as well!
Read the full story and watch the video here:
We’ve just added support for the Nobel SMS Gateway based in Romania. Nobel provides a high performance messaging solution and can reach over 800 operators in 180 countries across the world.
We’ve just added support for the MessageBird SMS Gateway based in Amsterdam. MessageBird provides global SMS messaging and you can send and receive SMS messages around the world on a platform powered by connections with over 240 carriers in 200 countries.
Orlando, Florida – August 06, 2019 – Databuzz today announced fmSMS v4, an upgrade to their award-winning solution that lets you send and receive SMS/TXT messages from the FileMaker Platform.
fmSMS allows you to send an SMS from the FileMaker Platform to almost any mobile phone in the world via one of the supported SMS Gateways, reaching over 1,000 mobile networks in more than 220 countries. SMS is a great means of direct communication with customers, staff, suppliers, and students.
fmSMS v4 was rewritten for the FileMaker 18 Platform and includes support for sending messages from FileMaker Pro, FileMaker Go, FileMaker WebDirect, FileMaker Server and FileMaker Cloud for AWS. Databuzz will be demonstrating fmSMS v4 at the 2019 FileMaker Developer Conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida from August 5-8.
What’s New in v4
- rewritten for FileMaker Pro v18
- runs natively on FileMaker v16 or later and no longer requires a FileMaker plug-in
- updated to support the latest API for each supported SMS Gateway
- simplified the setup to make integration into existing solutions much faster
- added support for receiving messages using the FileMaker Data API using FileMaker Server or FileMaker Cloud for AWS*
- Send Messages to WhatsApp Users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp
SMS is perfect for appointment reminders, phone messages, promotions, segmented marketing, school absence alerts, and password confirmations. With SMS you can reduce your costs and play less “telephone tag”.
fmSMS works with multiple SMS Gateway providers internationally and supports the following features**:
- Send single and bulk SMS messages (messages are typically delivered in under 15 seconds)
- Send long messages (greater than 160 characters)
- 2 Way SMS – allow recipients to reply to messages and have them appear in fmSMS
- Works with over 50 SMS Gateway providers internationally
- Delayed Delivery – send a message now for delivery at a future time
- Alphanumeric Sender ID
- Delivery Receipts – track the status of sent messages
- Message Logging – track the history of all sent messages
- Message templates – create an unlimited number of pro forma templates
- Send Messages to WhatsApp Users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp
“fmSMS now runs natively on the FileMaker Platform and is even easier to integrate,” said Andrew Duncan, CEO of Databuzz. “We’ve added support for receiving incoming messages for the FileMaker Data API and FileMaker Cloud for AWS and you can now send messages to WhatsApp users using the Twilio API for WhatsApp.”
Availability, Pricing, and Compatibility
fmSMS v4 is available now from the fmSMS website at https://www.fmsms.com. A 14 day trial version is available for both Macintosh and Windows. Company Licenses start at AUD $495.00. fmSMS requires FileMaker 16 Platform or later.
fmSMS v4 is a free upgrade for owners of fmSMS v3 who purchased a license on or after January 01, 2019. All other owners of fmSMS v2 or later can upgrade for 50% off the current price – please contact Databuzz to obtain a discount coupon to use when purchasing fmSMS v4.
- requires hosting of supplied PHP files to process the incoming messages
- ** Not all SMS Gateways support all features of fmSMS. Some features might incur additional charges by your selected SMS Gateway. Some features require hosting by FileMaker Server with Custom Web Publishing using the PHP API and a static IP address, or a web server running PHP for FileMaker Cloud for AWS. See our website at https://www.fmsms.com for more details.
About Databuzz: Databuzz is a long-standing member of the FileMaker Business Alliance. We have been developing and deploying FileMaker solutions for clients in Australia and internationally since 1999. Our clients are individuals, small-medium businesses, government agencies and multi-national corporations. Databuzz was founded by Andrew Duncan, a Certified FileMaker 18 Developer. For more information please visit our website at https://www.databuzz.com.au.
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Last month I attended the Twilio Engage + Superclass events in Melbourne, Australia. This was my second Twilio Engage event after attending last year’s Sydney event, but my first Superclass session. Superclass is hands-on training for developers to learn how to use all things Twilio, with Twilio engineers on hand to help as you work through code challenges in TwilioQuest, their self-paced training video game. The use of TwilioQuest makes the day lots of fun with your awards flashing up on the big screen every time you compete a new challenge.
Even though I’ve been developing with the Twilio APIs for many years ( see my article from last year about how we’ve integrated FileMaker with Twilio for two-way messaging, voice calling, number lookups and polling for incoming messages) it’s always great to spend a day away from work with other developers and the Twilio staff to learn new skills and immerse yourself in the content without distractions.
My aim for this year’s Superclass was to spend time learning some of the other Twilio APIs that I wasn’t very familiar with, with a particular focus on the Twilio API for WhatsApp. I was aware that Twilio had recently launched the API for WhatsApp which allows you to send SMS messages directly to WhatsApp users – there are over 1.5 billion people using WhatsApp – and I was keen to see if I could get this working from fmSMS, our FileMaker solution for sending and receiving SMS messages from the FileMaker platform.
The Twilio API for WhatsApp is currently in beta and you can use their Sandbox to setup access from a Twilio number and start sending messages using their sample templates. The API works in a similar fashion to their standard Message API and I was able to get up and running quickly and send my first message from fmSMS to my WhatsApp account. Here’s a screenshot showing the message I sent from fmSMS:
and here’s how it appears in the WhatsApp app on my iPhone:
I then enabled a Webhooks for incoming messages and was then able to receive incoming messages from WhatsApp back in to fmSMS. You can learn more about pricing for the Twilio API for WhatsApp here and API documentation here.
Once the Twilio API for WhatsApp is out of beta and you can easily request your own numbers we’ll definitely be adding this as another supported Gateway for fmSMS. We’ve put together a short video showing sending and receiving messages between FileMaker and WhatsApp in action: