SMS via Email – Receiving, Replying & Sending

SMS VIA EMAIL – RECEIVING, REPLYING & SENDING

DIDForSale’s new feature will enable its user to receive, reply & send SMS via email. This will give individuals and resellers the capability to allow anyone to receive, reply & send SMS by using an email address.

  • Easy setup.
  • As simple as sending or receiving an email.
  • Having an account with us is not mandatory for your clients to receive the SMS. Once you associate their email address and assign a SMS DID, they are ready to use the service right away.

Activating SMS

  • Login to your DIDforSale account.
  • Go to section Product ⇒ SMS. Select the DID and from drop-down select option Activate SMS & hit apply.

SMS Forwarding/Incoming Setup

  • Go to section Product ⇒ SMS. Select the DID and from drop-down select option Update SMS Forwarding and hit apply.
  • On next page, select option Email and enter the email address you wish to use for receiving, replying & sending SMS.
  • Click Confirm.

Incoming SMS

All your incoming SMS will be forwarded to the email associated with you DID. You can also check SMS record in section Reporting ⇒ SMS.

Replying to SMS

To reply to any incoming SMS from your email you need to click the Reply option from email and it will automatically set the recipient address. Type the message you wish to send and click send

Note: Please avoid using signature from email account as it may corrupt the SMS.

Sending SMS

For sending SMS you need to compose an email with following parameters.

Format:

Recipient address toSMSnumber@sms.didforsale.com
Subject (xxxxxxxxxx = DID) SMS [1xxxxxxxxxx]


Example:

Recipient’s address 19494710101@sms.didforsale.com
Subject SMS [19499300360]
Message Your text message.


In above example, we are sending SMS to number 1-949-471-0101 using DID 1-949-930-0360 from the email account associated with number 949-930-0360.

  • Always use 11 digits number format. 1xxxxxxxxxx.

  • Do not use this feature for bulk SMSing or promotional purposes.

  • Always make sure the recipient address & email subject are in correct format before sending the email.

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Send & Receive Fax via Email

Send & Receive Fax via Email

DIDForSale is happy to introduce a new feature which will enable its user to send/receive Fax via email. This will help individuals and give resellers the capability to allow anyone to send/receive fax via using just an email address.

Benefits:-

  • Easy setup.
  • As simple as sending or receiving an email.
  • Having an account with us is not mandatory for your clients. Once you authorize their email address and assign a Fax DID, they are ready to use the service right away.

Sending Fax

  • Login to your DIDforSale account.
  • Go to section Product ⇒ Fax Emails & click on Add New Fax Email.
  • On Create New Fax Email page enter the email address (which needs to be activated for sending the fax) and enter the DID (which will be used as Fax number).
  • Click Add to save the changes.

Now go to the email account dashboard and compose a new email in the format below. Attach your document in PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word Document (.docx) format.

Format: fromfaxnumber-tonumber@fax.didforsale.com
Example: 19494710101-19492690449@fax.didforsale.com
In above example, we are sending the fax from DID 1-949-471-0101 to another fax number 1-949-269-0449 from the email account activated for eFax.

Receiving Fax

  • Go to section Product ⇒ DID Configs & click on Fax DID to manage routing page.
  • On Manage Routing page, select eFax from SELECT YOUR CONFIGURATION dropdown.
  • On the second dropdown choose option Select Email & enter your email.
  • Click Save to apply changes.

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Setup Options for VOIP

VOIP has been a huge help for businesses all over the world. It offers flexibility, convenience, and cost savings. Moreover, it gives you three viable options for setup. Your choice depends on your needs and preferences.

On-premise VOIP

As its name suggests, the VOIP infrastructure is found within office, if not handled by your business. This is not difficult anymore as all the different pieces of equipment and software you need are readily available. This is also advantageous if you want to have full control over the configuration, power, and function of your VOIP. It is going to be much easier for you to upgrade the network to accommodate new technologies or integrate existing ones.

One of the disadvantages, however, is the cost. Unless you have already amassed a significant amount of capital, it is difficult to maintain your own VOIP, not to mention set one up. It further increases costs since you need to spend for your IT team, who needs to maintain your network.

Managed VOIP

A lot of business owners, especially first-time VOIP users and small-based ones, prefer managed VOIP. This means that a third-party provider takes care of the network, as well as other VOIP-related needs, such as the infrastructure.

The competition has been very tough among VOIP providers, so you have plenty of great choices with regards to cost. Moreover, you do not have to spend for anything, except for the monthly repayments. You can also count on its own pool of highly skilled IT personnel to maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot your VOIP dilemmas.

The danger of managed VOIP is finding a mediocre provider. It is possible to be locked in to an agreement for a number of years, and you have to bear the consequences of its poor service, including poor audio and video quality.

Hosted VOIP

A hosted VOIP is a combination of managed VOIP and on-premise VOIP. You normally have the existing infrastructure, such as the PBX system. This is considered as your main controller for your network of PCs and phones within your company. When you use VOIP, the provider simply taps on your existing PBX system, making it the host of your technology. VOIP calls normally pass through a public switched telephone network (PTSN) before it goes through your PBX system.

 

Understanding the Limitations of VoIP

 There’s no such thing as a perfect technology. A good example is VOIP. Though VOIP offers a slew of advantages to both consumers and business owners, it still has its own limitations. Knowing them in no way demoralizes VOIP. Nevertheless, as a user, you ought to have realistic expectations about it.

1. Without Internet connection, it’s nothing.

You’ve heard about cable VOIP or other forms of topology. Regardless of your choice, however, VOIP is non-existent without Internet connection. After all, it stands for voice over Internet protocol. If you’re able to hear sounds or play videos, then most probably you’re not using VOIP but something else, perhaps traditional broadband connection.

This also means that if you’re struck in a destination that has poor connection or your provider is currently down, you cannot communicate via VOIP.

2. The quality of sound and video can be very poor.

Poor video and audio quality sometimes happens for a number of reasons. First, there can be such a very high traffic, with people using the same bandwidth as your VOIP. Moreover, the process of compressing and decompressing, as well as sending and converting signals in the IP network, can mean loss or delay.

In fact, many Skype users have already complained about “dropped calls” when they’re using their smartphones for VOIP connection.

Another plausible reason is your weak Internet connection. If it’s not fast enough, then you can’t expect VOIP to work flawlessly.

3. It’s not reliable for 911 service.

One of the best things about living in the United States is there’s a unified method of reporting agencies. When you’re in deep trouble or someone else is, you simply have to dial the three-digit number. But there’s a hitch: it is solely dependent on your geography. VOIP, sadly, isn’t geographically based. You have to find a way on how to report emergencies.

Some VOIP providers try to compensate this, though, by offering you an E911 service. Instead of being able to talk to someone on the phone, your address is directly sent to their station.

4. It’s not that secure.

The different malicious activities online can happen right in your own VOIP service. It’s definitely possible for someone to steal your information as it travels through the IP network. Someone can just intercept any call and use the opportunity to scam you.

Hardware Devices for Your VOIP

Though VOIP is extremely useful, you cannot really operate it unless you have the right hardware devices. Fortunately, if you have your own VOIP provider, knowing what hardware to use is no longer a problem. But just in case you are planning to run your own VOIP, or you want to avoid hiring an expert for maintenance, here are the different hardware systems:

Telephone Sets

There is a variety of telephone sets you can pick, depending on the infrastructure or type of VOIP you prefer. These include desk phones, conference phones, video phones, and WiFI phones. Regardless, it is essential that you have your own telephone set. This will serve as the bridge that closes in the gap between the VOIP service provider and you. Of course, you are going to need the telephone set so you can receive and make a call.

Headsets

A pair may be necessary if you prefer calling via the Internet. This also comes in handy when you need a video chat. Headsets these days come in a wide range of sizes and forms. Some of them are ideal for PCs or laptops, while others are made for mobile devices such as tablet PCs. One of the things you have to keep in mind when choosing headsets is the audio quality. A mediocre choice always makes a poor VOIP audio worse. You can also pick a headset that cancels out noise.

Analog Telephone Adapters

If you plan on using your traditional telephone line as a VOIP device, then you are going to need an ATA. It helps convert the analog signal of your telephone to digital, a signal produced by VOIP. You can buy the adapter yourself, or you can choose a package that already includes it. If you do not know how to set it up, you can always ask help from an expert.

Router

The VOIP router is not much different from the typical router available in stores. It simply allows you to take advantage of VOIP features using your Internet connection. With it, you can make a call or participate in a web conference. The kind of router you are going to use depends on the Internet connection setup in your home or office. For example, if you have cable Internet, you also need a cable router.