An SMS gateway is a way of sending a text message with or without using a mobile (cell) phone. Specifically, it is a device or service offering SMS transit by either transforming messages to mobile network traffic from other media or by allowing transmission or receipt of SMS messages with or without the use of a mobile phone. Typical use of a gateway would be to forward simple email to a mobile phone recipient. It can also be useful in developing web applications that we can interact with via SMS (Short Messaging Service). [wikipedia]
There are several options if you like to use your own SMS gateway.
- First of all, you can setup your own, by using open source platforms,tools and simple network hardware.
- You can select a provider that has already setup a gateway for you and provides a suitable API for building your own sms widgets/componets,
- or buy/rent SMPP servers from providers, offering everything needed to setup and operate mobile messaging services efficiently