Before you begin
Before sending a message, you may wish to do the following.
- Create contacts (message recipients). See the 'Manage Contacts' section of this user guide.
- Create groups to organise your contacts. See the 'Manage Groups' section of this user guide.
- Set up a template for your message content. See the 'Manage Templates' section of this user guide.
Create a message
To create a message, navigate to the 'Send Message' tab.
Add and remove recipients
You can send a message to up to 2,000 recipients.
To add recipients:
If you would like to remove a recipient:
If you accidentally enter the same recipient twice - for example, by adding them as a contact and also as an ad hoc mobile phone number - Web2SMS will remove the duplicate contact(s) for you.
Compose your message
To compose your message:
Web2SMS will tell you:
By default, messages will use GSM encoding. GSM encoding includes the basic character set, including the standard English alphabet, numbers and standard special characters such as punctuation. When using GSM encoding, you are permitted 160 characters per SMS message unit.
If you add a non-GSM character, such as a letter with an accent or a letter in a non-English alphabet, the encoding of the message will switch to UCS-2. Messages encoded in UCS-2 take up more space than GSM characters, so you will be limited to 70 characters in order for your message to fit within a single SMS message unit. The 'Remaining' box will tell you how many characters remain before you exceed the length of a single SMS unit.
If your message exceeds the character limit, your organisation will be charged an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra SMS message units sent.
Send your message
To send your message:
Note the following: