SIM-cards are great. Their first advantage is their connection to a real, living person. With email authorisation, dozens of accounts on free services can be created and used for “bot farms.” This creates ideal conditions for scammers, fraudsters and the like.
However, running similar operations with large amounts of SIM-cards is much more difficult. Setting up each SIM takes time and is relatively expensive. In addition, in most countries a mobile phone contract can only be signed upon presentation of an identity card. This means that if the subscriber violates the terms and conditions of this contract through any nefarious activity they should be easy to find.
They are suitable for any online business; from multiplayer games and information services to online stores and car-sharing.
Some widespread uses include; two-factor authorisation, password reminders, registration on public Wi-Fi, courier delivery notifications, payment reminders, authentication during account
restoration, and many more.
To receive push notifications, E-mail and messages in instant messengers, the Internet is required, and it can be turned off. SMS will be delivered anyway.
SMS is often the only thing on which sound notifications are not disabled. All important messages that need a prompt response should be sent via SMS.
Messenger services are good for other tasks, for example, the use of bots, where a user initiates communication. We support mailing via messengers, but this can be done in steps; for example, messages which fail to be delivered via Viber can be re-sent via SMS.
Email is also cheaper. However, just over half of messages from companies end up in the “Alerts” folder in Gmail, which few people know about, or in even worse cases they go to “Spam”. Users will not think of searching there. They will write to your technical support instead.
With email, if the user’s passwords have been stolen, attackers will be able to access all their accounts.
Your phone, by contrast, is always with you and is usually protected by a password or biometric lock. And even if it is lost, you can quickly get a new SIM card with the same number, which is more than can be said about forgotten email or social media passwords.
And, of course, SMS is an ideal tool for two-factor authentication using one-off passwords as they arrive within seconds.
Supposing your service has 10,000 subscribers and you want to inform them of a change to your prices. The average cost of delivering SMS is $0.04. For $400 we can cover the entire base and almost everyone will receive and read the messages.
In law abiding email marketing services, mailing to a base of this size costs from $100 to $200, depending on the tariff. However, no one knows how many emails will end up in spam and when the rest will be read.
Open rates for SMS mail-outs are up to 50%, whereas for email marketing they are lower than 5%. As a result, a 60% saving which leads to a 10-folds drop in effectiveness is no real saving at all.
Intis Telecom’s service can be integrated into the software you need. There are ready-made SMS distribution modules for CRM, 1C Bitrix, and even a plugin for Microsoft Office, which allows you to send SMS to the database directly from Microsoft Excel.
For site developers, applications and services there is REST API. For many programming languages, such as php, C #, Perl, Rubi, Delphi, Java, Visual Basic and Python, there is an SDK available that speeds up the process even more.
We only use fast and reliable communication channels and SMS gateways to reach mobile operators. We don’t cut costs on hosting our servers. They are located in secure data centres which use reliable broadband communication channels and operator gateways.
To improve delivery rates and make even greater savings, we recommend updating databases using our HLR request service or using the delivery statistics of previous SMS mail-outs in your personal account.
We have been working in this market for over 10 years and we support more than 200 operators and aggregators around the world. We have direct contracts with 80 of them. We offer good discounts for wholesale.
So, it is usually cheaper and easier to send via us than to conclude agreements with each of the operators individually.
Here’s an example.
You’d like to make some mass mail-outs in Zimbabwe and South Korea. Sending SMS to Zimbabwe and South Korea via Intis Telecom will cost $0.029.
When ordering SMS mail-outs directly through operators or using the services of local aggregators, a similar send out would cost $0.031 per SMS in Zimbabwe (Econet, NetOne, Telecel) and $0.035 per SMS in South Korea (SK Telecom, LG Telecom, KT Freetel).
The difference in the price of one SMS is a fraction of a cent, but if you send hundreds and thousands of messages, we can save you hundreds of dollars.