People Worldwide to Send 8.3 Trillion Text Messages in 2018

SMS incoming DID phone numbers from DIDxWhile “voice” is still important to convey tone and elaborate, SMS and Short Codes and the stars of fast, efficient communication today.

On December 3, 1992, the first SMS was sent. Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old test engineer for Sema Group (which is now Airwide Solutions), used a personal computer to send the text message “Merry Christmas” via the Vodafone network to the phone of Richard Jarvis. Richard was at a party in Newbury, Berkshire that had been organised to celebrate the event of the “first SMS sent.”

An SMS is a text messaging service if most telephone, internet, and mobile-device systems in 2018. It uses standardized communication protocols to enable mobile devices to send and receive short text messages. On the other hand, an SMS short code is a 5-6 digit phone number that is used by businesses to enable consumers to opt-in or not to their SMS programs. Once they opt in, short codes are used to send text message coupons, offers, promotions, and such.

DIDx offers incoming SMS function of DIDs of 19 nations, and just recently incoming Short Code messaging for most of the USA. Here is an example of excellent incoming SMS use. Each year ITEXPO conference and exhibition includes an IDEA Showcase. After the startups share their pitches, the audience gets to vote on the one that impresses them the most.

How important is that? A DIDx customer’s customer Suzahdi (cosplay and classic leather jacket brand) shared with us that when they call a client to get measurements and things like that, quite often the client does not answer the phone or if they do, is a little offended … as if the fact the vendor is calling sort of invades privacy. The Suzahdi rep said that when they text a question instead, the customer answers almost right away and is not one bit upset. It is almost as if the text has taken over as the preferred method of communication.

Most people, especially those under age 40, would go stir crazy if you took their texting option away. From Skype to WhatsApp to Slack or the standard SMS, people send over 6 billion texts per day just in the USA. According to Portio Research, people worldwide will send 8.3 trillion text messages in just 2018 alone. That’s almost 23 billion messages per day, or almost 16 million messages per minute.

According to Mobile Marketing Watch, text messages have a 98% open rate, while email has only a 20% open rate. That alone is a good reason for VoIP companies and CLECs using DIDx are very interested in buying SMS-enabled DIDs to resell.

My first Short Code experience was with World Market because I like to shop there, so I welcome the coupons and store announcements. Businesses short codes are great to inform and stay in touch with customers who opt in.

Many businesses use Short Code SMS for Two-Factor Authentication messages to enable customers to login to their accounts online, get account balances or chat with a business chatbot when they are using a new device. The business sends a 6 digit code that enables the customer to log in from the new device.

When people travel abroad, they often are not able to use their voice or texting via their domestic cell phone service, but if they have a SMS-enabled and Short Code-enabled virtual phone number from their provider, they will still be able to receive SMSes and Short Codes.

DIDx is the virtual phone number veteran since 1999 in beta and since 2005 in fully effective, efficient use and now by 35,000 wholesale telecom customers. Want to take advantage of DIDx’s incoming Short Code and regular SMS features? Log in to your account today, click to send us a message with your interest, and we will help you get started.

Port your customers’ phone numbers to DIDx.net, and they can receive messages from most US Short Codes. Kind of another awesome way to not only get voice and SMS customers, but also to RETAIN THEM!

Fusion Hires Michael Fair as New Channel Chief

Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, today announced the addition of Michael Fair to its team as Senior Vice President of Channel Sales and Alliances. Reporting to Dan Foster, Chief Revenue Officer, Fair is responsible for managing channel sales programs that drive revenue growth, as well as integrating and optimizing Fusion’s Partner Program following the company’s recent acquisitions.
Fair is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience creating, managing and integrating successful channel programs. Previously, he held key leadership roles at Charter, EarthLink, One Communications and Qwest. Most recently, Fair served as Managing Partner at MarketRace, a leading channel consulting company focused on ensuring the sales success of its clients through effectively designing, building and managing superior indirect channel programs and sales teams.
Fair’s hiring is a key step in Foster’s plan to build his sales and marketing organization and leadership team with a strong focus on the indirect channel. Fair will play a critical role in launching a new consolidated Partner Program as the company brings together the successful Partner Programs of Fusion, MegaPath and Birch following two recent acquisitions.
“A successful channel program is critical to Fusion’s ambitious plan to scale. As we combine our offerings, teams and programs following the recent acquisitions of MegaPath and Birch, it is essential that we build on each company’s existing success in the channel to create a unified sales and marketing organization with expertise that spans our combined companies,” said Foster. “Michael’s experience and knowledge of the industry make him perfectly suited to lead this effort and I am excited to welcome him to our sales team.”
“This is an exciting time to join the Fusion team,” said Fair. “Fusion’s partners continue to be at the forefront of our go-to-market strategy. I look forward to integrating Fusion’s Partner Program to deliver on our vision to serve as the industry’s most successful single source cloud provider.”
Fusion’s Partner Program offers total flexibility, product innovation, unparalleled support and programs to empower its growing partner network. To learn more about Fusion’s Partner Program, visit www.fusionconnect.com/partners.
About Fusion
Fusion (NASDAQ:FSNN), a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry’s Single Source for the Cloud(R). Fusion’s advanced, proprietary cloud services platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, contact center, cloud connectivity, and cloud computing. Fusion’s innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower our customers’ cost of ownership, and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment. For more information, please visit www.fusionconnect.com.
Fusion Contact:
Brian Coyne
1-212-201-2404
bcoyne@fusionconnect.com
Look for Fusion as exhibitor at ITEXPO Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Reserve your booth and sponsorship like DIDx and Fusion have now.

Emercoin Group Polozov & SIP Pulse Concalves | Mix of VoIP and Blockchain by OpenSIPS and DIDx

opensips emercoin enumer voip didx virtual phone numbersEmercoin Group’s Stan Polozov, with a strong background in the realm of finance and specializes in the technical aspects of blockchains and cryptography, talks with SIPPulse’s Flavio Concalves about blockchain projects during OpenSIPS Summit 2018 in Amsterdam.

Flavio asks Stan, “Let’s suppose I am an operator. I am sending a call to another operator. The other operator needs to charge 7 cents, not 7 cents, 7/10ths of a cent for each minute. Can we charge this directly using blockchain?”

Stan replies, “I think, uh…”

Flavio says, “Let’s say that they were supposed to buy coins to have a use of this network.”

“To publish the address?” Stan asks.

“They can publish but to complete the call on the other side…” says Flavio.

Watch the video to find out more of this fascinating conversation. Understanding the true potential of the blockchain-based technologies, Emercoin’s representatives, blockchain implementation specialist Oleg Khovayko and chief implementation officer Stan Polozov spoke about the unique ENUMER solution for VoIP at OpenSIPS Summit 2018.

Check out DIDx’s video of Stan of Emercoin team giving a presentation at OpenSIPS at https://youtu.be/kvlcYxeurK4. (Sippy Software‘s Max and DIDx’s Shaharyar edited these videos for the final products.)

 

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