The SMTP gateways provided by US carriers kinda suck. Sure, at least we have something, European carriers don’t even have SMTP available. But that’s no excuse for the sucking. I need to deliver messages to myself from production servers, I’m currently doing operations and need to get the notifications as the events happen. I would really like to deliver them to other members of my team. Seems like it should be a simple enough thing.
So even though I’m paying for getting the messages, I decided to swallow my anger and pay an SMS aggregator to deliver me messages. First I started out looking at SimpleWire cause I had used them before. But found that the require a shortcode now:
Simplewire Starter Packages are for non-US and non-Canadian traffic only. All U.S. and Canadian carriers now require a short code to be provisioned for all Simplewire customers.
A shortcode in order to send SMS messages, that’s just stupid I thought. So instead I went to Clickatell, which seemed to have no restrictions of the sort…. except I wasn’t getting some of the messages I sent through Clickatell. I contacted support and got this back:
The US has introduced strict control over messages sent from applications to handsets through the use of short codes. All traffic to US handsets require a valid short code registered with the different networks. Clickatell’s short code has been blocked by T-Mobile due to more than one service(different content from multiple users) sent over one short code which is not allowed and we can not say when other providers could take the same action.
I’m just blown away here. Seriously, this is insane. Just when the mobile environment seems like it can’t get any more hostile toward developers the carriers go and do something like this. People always ask me why we don’t get more carriers involved in the Mobile Monday events, this is demonstration of their mentality. They do not care about you developers and application providers. I don’t know why it’s hard to believe when there are fantastic examples of their hostility like this.
Now I have to map out a route from my house to the office that has 100% wifi coverage. Fuckers.