I'd love to hear a little about how people using FLSMS in the US are handling message purchase. I am helping a small community support NGO set up messaging for their volunteers.
I prefer to use a bulk gateway like Clickatell, but they require US messages purchase a shortcode, which is well out of the budget of the group I am working with. IntelliSMS offers less functionality than Clickatell, and a UK response number, which would likely be confusing to the group's audience.
It's an option to purchase a modem, but I'd rather avoid it. Would love any thoughts from community members.
I'll chip in while everyone else sleeps over the weekend. =)
I'm not aware of any aggregators who provide free access to their incoming SMS services, so will be very interested if anyone else chips in with anything different. Generally-speaking it's cheaper to get a GSM modem, unless volumes are particularly high and need a more scalable solution.
Hope you're well.