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!

Be Free of the Expensive Past | Power up your Contact Center with Hosted Switch and DIDs

phone numbers for contact centersAs a customer of services like Uber or Lyft, we can keep my real phone number private. We can also call a number that is local to us that our vendor owns, but it can ring to my vendor’s contact center in another country. As business owners, we can own phone numbers in several big cities on our planet. People in those big cities can dial that number that we own but it is local to them and reach us conveniently and usually at no charge. The joys of VoIP! We hear people “dis” it in preference to newer communications tech such as WebRTC, but it still powers our personal and business lives in a lovely way.

One of the most interesting business models that benefit from VoIP and direct inward dialing phone numbers is contact centers. Every business dreams of better flexibility, high availability, high call quality, productivity, scalability, flexibility, and security. A good VoIP service enables reasonable pricing as opposed to dinosaur PSTN rates. It powers businesses such as those that need contact centers or that are contact centers to be as global as they would like in over 130 nations with DIDX direct inward dialing phone number coverage.

In the past, businesses built headquarters and hired everyone locally. Each person clocked in and out at this HQ. Today in 2018, employees can work more flexible hours and from anywhere. In fact, a business does not need an expensive headquarters. Freedom is what VoIP and direct inward dialing phone numbers give everyone involved.

Does your business want to empower its remote workers to operate as the contact center for customer service, sales and technical support? DIDx offers the direct inward dialing phone numbers. Just use DIDx API with your service to buy the DID phone numbers as you need them. If you need fewer than 50 DIDs, just refer your communications service provider to DIDx. We’ll do all the work with them for you to benefit.

We’re here to set you and your business free from the expensive and inflexible ways of the past and to embrace all you can be with new and highly approved tech of the present. Sign up for direct inward dialing phone numbers at http://www.didx.net. If you need other services such as security, termination, hosted PBX or soft switch, we know thousands around the world, highly respected companies that can help you get going now.

New Romania DID Number Areas from 5 Star Telephony Vendor on DIDx

New DID number areas are added to our direct inward dialing marketplace at DIDx.net: Romania +40  country code … of 19 cities! The vendor 710082 has a 5 star vendor rating, too. Log in to your DIDx account today to take advantage. New DID number areas are added to our direct inward dialing marketplace at DIDx.net: Romania +40  country code … of 19 cities! The vendor 710082 has a 5 star vendor rating, too. Log in to your DIDx account today to take advantage.

Why would organizations and individuals like to own Romania phone numbers even if they do not live in or have an office in Romania? Here are some examples:

1. To be a local call to anyone who the following is really important to … the Carpathian mountains, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, wine, salt mines, George Enescu, medieval fortresses, Eugene Ionesco, “Dacia” cars, Dracula, stuffed cabbage leaves, Nadia Comaneci, primeval dense forests, the Black Sea, Gheorghe Hagi, sunflower fields, wolves and bears, painted monasteries, the Danube Delta.

2. If you are a citizen of Canada, Japan and the United States and you want to get a job in Romania. You are permitted to work in Romania without the need to obtain a visa or any further authorisation for the period of their 90 day visa-free stay.

3. Since Romania is Europe’s richest country in gold resources, and if you want to do business with them somehow in that industry…

4. If you know the next “Sasha Baron Cohen” … 😉

5. If you want to partner with vehicle parts, insulated wire, cars, wheat and/or rubber tire industries there in any way. These are their biggest exports. On the other hand…

6. If you want to partner with organizations there in their biggest import need areas of vehicle parts, packaged medicines, crude petroleum, wheat, corn and pork.

7. Stay in touch with your family in Romania while you are away at school, on business and/or just traveling. You’ll be a local phone call for them in Romania no matter where you are in the world.

8. To hire and retain a remote work force there!

9. To enable your contact center anywhere in the world to be a local call for anyone in Romania to reach you.

Area codes and cities available:
21 Bucuresti (Bucharest)

31 Bucuresti (Bucharest)

330 Suceava

331 Botosani

332 Iasi

334 Bacau

335 Vaslui

336 Vaslui

337 Vrancea

338 Buzau

339 Braila

340 Tulcea

341 Constanta

342 Calarasi

343 Ialomita

345 Dambovita

346 Giurgiu

347 Teleorman

348 Arges

349 Olt

350 Vrancea

351 Dolj

352 Mehedinti

353 Gorj

355 Caras Severin

356 Timis

357 Arad

358 Alba

360 Salaj

361 Satu Mare

362 Maramures

344 Prahova

363 Bistrita Nasaud

364 Cluj

365 Mures

366 Harghita

367 Covasna

368 Brasov

369 Sibiu

Best Voice over Internet and other IP Communications Blogs

VoIP was a life-saver for many students all over the world. It has and does give them the opportunity to write, read, speak and listen to people in South Africa, Australia, Germany, USA, Malaysia, Pakistan and any of the other 214 other nations and territories. VoIP offers schools, colleges and universities to use real life applications in using language and learning and applying any subject. After “VoIP.” life gets better!

So, with that background of our cofounders of this VoIP company in 1999, here are spme of their opinions of the best VoIP blogs available.

  1. #1 VoIP Blog, VoIP News, Cloud Communication Trends | GetVoIP
  2. Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless
  3. Communications and Technology Blog
  4. TMCnet VoIP, CRM, Call Center and Technology Blogs (shameless plug … my “Monetizing IP Communications” is there.)
  5. Small Business Blog · Press8 Telecom
  6. Blog | OnSIP
  7. VoIPWatch
  8. Friendly Tips & Insights on Growing Your Business
  9. CONNECTING THE WORLD, ONE COUNTRY AT TIME! (I am one of the bloggers on this site. The article about Fred of FreeSWITCH is more than interesting and the one title “How to Configure OpenSIPS” is by Bogdan and me… quite informative.)
  10. VoIP Innovations | Custom Communication Solutions
  11. Pacific Telecommunications Blog
  12. Nancy Ridge’s Blog | Alliance of Channel Women

Double DID You to Switch from Local Network to International

stripcreator, geofencing, did numbersUber, Lyft, Fedex, UPS, Amtrak, Western Union … to name a few of the most successful examples of switching from local network to international network, attracting a huge increase in market, sales and retention of customers.

Uber began by offering services in San Francisco. Now, its coverage includes 60 + countries and 400 cities worldwide.

In 1997, Federal Express began serving only the western part of USA. Today, it serves 220 nations and territories on Earth which is basically… all of them. There are so many ways to go international and grab a bigger share of clients to serve with your service. One that we can help with is direct inward dialing, enabling your company to be a local call to those who … you need them to call you!

Some who read our blog are communications operator, carriers and service providers but also the large enterprises like multi-national contact centers and international nonprofit networks… the wholesale market that DIDx directly serves. It’s simple to sign up and start offering local DID phone numbers to companies like Amtrak and American Red Cross. You expand via DIDx, so they can expand. It’s a geofencing Ώπα!

Others who read our blog are early adopters, tech gurus, entrepreneurs, small business owners, information addicts, journalists, bloggers, social media specialists and such.

We can recommend you to the perfect provider that fits your niche needs, so you can own local phone numbers of the cities on Earth where there are people who need to call you and whom you want to call you. DIDx has over 35,000 members who are communications operator, carriers and service providers but also the large enterprises like multi-national contact centers and international nonprofit networks, ready to serve you.

Just message us at sales at didx.net today or browse our Facebook page where we often highlight the most respected communications service providers.

 

Importance of Phone Numbers | Free Porting | New SMS Supported – DIDx

Your phone number is important like your zip code, driver’s license number and tax ID number. All these help you establish who you are, where you are, what you are capable of and how you can be accountable. The right phone numbers allude to your business reliablity, ease of sales and purchasing, local presence and global reputation. Toll-free and international DID phone numbers are just as important to own and make available for customers, vendors and other industry partners as a DID phone number that is local to your brick and mortar location.

At DIDx, we make available freephone, national, toll-free, local, mobile and SMS-supported DID phone numbers via your DIDx buyer dashboard, all self-service! You can even use our Advanced Search function to find DID phone numbers that spell out any alpha-numeric combination that represents importance to your business. Vanity phone numbers are still a beauty. Just think of how cool these are that have been owned by cool companies:

1800FLOWERS
1800HURTNOW
1855COOKIES
1800DOLUNCH

The thing is this… we do not know who is reading this article right now, but if you are an MNO, MVNO, CLEC, voip company, international set of contact centers, international transportation or educational network, you can “join” DIDx, complete a short interop set of tests and buyer agreement and have 17 million phone numbers as if they belong to you, but you don’t pay for them until you need them or until your customers need them. If you are an end-user, share with your phone service provider the advantages of joining DIDx.net and enabling you to own phone numbers of any of 130 nations. You get that local presence outside your geo area you need, and your provider BRINGS IN NEW REVENUE and KEEPS YOU with them. No churn.

You do this via our API connected behind the scenes to your website and ecommerce engine or by manually logging into your dashboard and click to buy and use or buy and resell anytime.

We also offer free local number porting… that’s free of cost for most numbers of 33 nations! Here is a list:
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Costa Rica
Chile
Croatia
Czech Rep.
Denmark
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Peru
Puerto Rico
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
United Kingdom
United States

Prior to DIDx roll out in 1999, it was practically impossible to keep one’s business or personal phone numbers when moving from one geographical location to another, but now, that is a relic of the past!

Last, we offer SMS-supported DID phone numbers of 19 nations: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. Lots of great news from DIDx to you. Please log in to your DIDx account to get started. We are here to help anytime.

Get Clued In to FreeSWITCH via Fred, Man of Many Talents at Cluecon 2018 and on Youtube

Who does not admire Fred? He’s got that mesmerizing voice, and “voice” is much of what FreeSWITCH and the world of open source communications tech developers care about. DIDx invites you to subscribe to the FreeSWITCH with Fred YouTube playlist and learn from some exciting vidfred muteesa freeswitch cluecon picture by suzanne boweneo online workshops. Fred Muteesa and Joshua Young will be offer a free half hour in-person FreeSWITCH workshop during ClueCon July 23-26, 2018.

The workshops available on the FreeSWITCH with Fred YouTube channel workshops will include FS topics such as installing FS on a mikrotik router, Lua ESL (Electronic Structure Library), getting started with Verto (what’s behind FreeSWITCH’s Verto Communicator for WebRTC) and more. Josh and Fred will be around after the workshops during Cluecon to answer any questions you have about FreeSWITCH. No need to sign up in advance for FreeSWITCH with Fred. Just drop in.

Please direct your questions about FreeSWITCH workshops before, during or after Cluecon ClueCon, at the registration desk or by messaging sharon at freeswitch.com

Register today for Cluecon 2018.  Want to stay at the Cluecon venue of Swissotel? The deadline to get the Clueon fred muteesa james body freeswitch clueconhotel reservation discount is 6/30/18. Subject to availability, room rates are $245/night for a single or double, $275/night for a triple, and $305/night for a quad. Reservations can be booked online HERE and any pricing questions or concerns can be resolved by calling the Hotel at +1-312-565-0565 or 1-866-840-8096.

 

 

 

When to switch from core PHP to Laravel? By DIDX CTO Panhwar

Framework usually is packaged stuff, so they are created for the user to easily use to accomplish solutions quickly. But to use them, it is recommended that the user have first core PHP knowledge and pre-requisite. This way his shift will be very easy and he will be able to follow good practices than if he has started without prior good knowledge. Why waste time with the lack of core concept understandng?
What do you need?
Learn core PHP, loops, conditions, statements, arrays and other basic concepts. Then learn Object Oriented programming, many people learn it, but basically, you have to create a real project with a few classes amd inheritance too. Now, before jumping to Laravel, learn general basics like routing, ORM, template engining, and similar concepts. I love Symfony framework’s tutorials on how to create your own framework. It is very good to read and learn.
Moving to Laravel
Now, create a small project using the necessary background knowledge by gathering some libraries and if all goes well, move to Laravel. I assure you that now your shift will be very easy and smooth. I recommend to study a few tutorials and then go to Documentation of Laravel. Please note documentation is a very important part, so at least whatever version of Laravel you choose, read a-z of its documentation.
Good luck.

Your VoIP Competitors Will be Like … Look at You, Wow!

DIDX.net, a wholesale DID number service since 1999 in beta and since 2005 full, trusted delivery to the web, offers communications companies to buy and sell DID phone numbers of …
140 countries
with Fast Activation
and Low Monthly rates.
DID NUMBERS CAN BE USED FOR ALL TYPES OF BUSINESS
such as …
VIRTUAL PHONE LINE
PBX
MOBILE PHONE APP
HOME PHONE
CALL BACK
CALL FORWARD
VOICE MAIL
FAXING
TEXTING
IOT
CALLING CARD
CONTACT CENTER
and other communications services by the world’s most CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS, OUR DIDX MEMBERS!
NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE …
PER CHANNEL
PER MINUTE
PER TRIGGER basis
You have choices which is a good thing.
DIDX provides you with 2 FREE NUMBERS to test compatibility and interconnection with your switch.
Be even better than Whatsapp and Facebook VoIP business. Enable your customers to have a local presence via DID numbers of 140 nations you sell to them.
ALL BUYING AND SELLING RUNS ON YOUR COMPANY WEBSITE WITH DIDX working quietly in the background, assisting you to become an industry success, provisioning the phone numbers on your server over SIP.
Our API and web service empower you to integrate the entire inventory of DID (direct inward dialing) numbers on your website. You will be able to make available choices for your users of millions of phone numbers.
Your business will gain an excellent reputation as fast growing with increased revenue, more satisfied
customers and a global presence.
Sellers of DID numbers on the DIDX platform have a ready wholesale buying audience
of over 30,000 members.
Get started today at didx.net. Your company deserves to be a winner!

FreePBX Configuration + DIDX DID Number Coverage of 100+ Nations = IP Communications Freedom

Let’s see firsthand how to configure a FreePBX server with DIDX. (We will add a demo video soon.)

Please log in to your DIDX account. Let’s forward the DID to a FreePBX server. First, select the “My Purchased DID”.

Here you can see all the DIDs you have purchased from DIDX. For forwarding the DID, click on the “Ring To” address.

In the “New SIP” section, you will want to define the forwarding in this format “DID@Server:port”. If you are using the “Channel SIP,” then you need to define the port “5160” in the forwarding. Otherwise, if you are using “PJ SIP,” then you don’t need to define the port in the forwarding.

After defining the forwarding, click on the update button.

You have successfully configured the DID forwarding. All the configuration is done on the DIDX portal.

Now, let’s create the SIP trunk on FreePBX. All the SIP server IPs of DIDX are available on this link “www.didx.net/pages/asterisk”. For configuring the SIP server on FreePBX, you will need to define it one by one. It is recommended to create the SIP trunk with all IP addresses on this link.

On the FreePBX server, just click on the “Connectivity” option, and then select the “Trunks” option.

Now click on the “Add Trunk” option, and then select the SIP (Chan_SIP).

Now fill up the “Trunk Name”. Here we are defining “DIDX”.

Now select the “SIP Setting” option. In that you need to define the “Trunk Name”. We are defining “didx-incoming”

For defining the peer details, you do not need to define the “username” and “secret”. In the host, just define the IP address of SIP server. After this, just click on the submit option. Then click on Ok.

After that, click on the “Apply Config”. Now the trunk has been created successfully. You will need to create the remaining IPs SIP trunks in the same manner that you have created this. After creating all the SIP trunks, just click on the “Application” option and last, select the “Extensions” option.

Now click on the “Add Extension” button. In this area, select the “Add new channel SIP extension”.

Here, you will need to define the “User Extension.” You can use any preferred digits. In this case, we are defining “1234”. In the display name, we are defining “didx”. Let’s make sure to choose a strong password, so that no one can access your extension. After that, just click the “Submit “button. Then click on the “Apply Config”. You have successfully created the extension.

Now you will need to define the inbound routes. Just click on “Connectivity” in that area and select the option “Inbound Routes”.

Then click on the “Add Inbound Routes”. Now you will need to define the DID that you have bought from DIDX in the “DID Number” section. Next, select the “Set Destination” which is 1234. Then click on the “Submit” button. Then click on the “Apply Config”. All the configuration of FreePBX is successfully created.

Whenever someone dials this DID, the call will land on this extension “1234”. Welcome to DIDX DID Number Coverage of 100 + nations with the awesome FreePBX. Feel free to sign up at http://www.didx.net to connect your FreePBX service to direct inward dialing coverage of millions of numbers. You don’t have to buy them before your customers buy them from you. Really freeing!

The “Free” in FreePBX stands for freedom. The site offers paid support, a wiki, video lessons and training classes. You can get involved by bug reporting, resolving bugs, becoming a certified ecosystem partner like Allision Smith and Vitelity, and more. Their site is powered by a free Atlassian Confluence Open Source Project License granted to FreePBX.org.