Amazon SNS does SMS

Alastair Aitken 3 November 2011 1

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Amazon SNS allows developers to send messages from applications and systems on a pay-what-you-use basis. As for pricing, sending via SMS is the most expensive option within Amazon SNS: although the first 100 SMS messages are free any subsequent messages are charged at a rate of $0.75 per 100, and data transfer charges also apply.

The addition of SMS to SNS brings the total numer of supported protocols to six:

  • Email
  • Email in JSON format
  • HTTP
  • Amazon SQS
  • SMS

Amazon SNS is still in beta so some restrictions apply.

Alastair Aitken (124 Posts)

As a contract developer and manager I’ve worked in a wide range of enterprises in a variety of countries where I’ve encountered everything from great work, awful work, bizarre work, all the way down to quasi-legal work. If you think that you recognise your own organisation within my articles then you’re undoubtedly wrong, where you work isn’t that unique.

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  1. Tony Jamous 5 November 2011 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Great news, Amazon SNS now supports SMS in the USA. But what about the rest of the world? USA is around 5% of the world mobile market.

    We are happy to (re) announce that with Amazon SNS and Nexmo you can reach the remaining 95% without much change of your existing code!

    Using the Nexmo Amazon SDK, you can easily subscribe your mobile users to a given topic and they will be automatically notified via SMS when you will be publishing messages. Here is a detailed how-to.

    What is also very cool is that you would benefit from Nexmo wholesale pricing and 1-hop model that cuts out the middle man, improves SMS deliverability and reduce latency.

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