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Jargon Buster
Jargon Buster
Welcome to the Vodacom Messaging Jargon Buster!

Here we will try and shed some light on the various options we offer in our range of Services.

SMS Short Message Service

The Short Message Service (SMS), often called text messaging, is a means of sending short messages to and from mobile phones, of up to 160 characters. (more)

We offer this on: Bulk SMS , SMS Mail , FTP 2 SMS , Messaging Combo , Email 2 SMS , XML 2 SMS

EMS Extended Messaging Service

The Extended Messaging Service (EMS), a form of text messaging, is a means of sending messages to and from mobile phones, of up to 2,000 characters.

We offer this on: XML 2 SMS

MMS Multimedia Messaging Service

Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard for messaging systems that allows sending messages that include multimedia objects (images, audio, video, text) and not just text as in Short Message Service (SMS). (more)

We offer this on: Bulk MMS , Messaging Combo

Short code Short code

Short codes - also known as short numbers or premium sms numbers - are designed to be shorter to read out and easier to remember than normal cellphone numbers. They are widely used for value-added services such as competition lines, television voting and charity donations. Messages sent to short code numbers are generally billed at a higher rate than a standard SMS. (more)

We offer this on: Premium SMS , Standard Rate Inbox

mobi Website viewed on a mobile device

Mobi websites are designed specifically to be viewed on a mobile device, or cellphone. They are generally kept very simple, to keep the website fast and clutter free. The obvious advantage is that the websites can be browsed while away from a traditional P.C. (more)

We offer this on: SMS Mail

USSD Unstructured Supplementary Service Data

Although most people donít know what USSD is, most people have used it before! You know the funny looking #100# number you call when topping up airtime? Thatís USSD. USSD works on all handsets, is supported by all networks and provides a crisp menu interface.

We offer this on: USSD API

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