Changemakers_SMS_Quick_Start_Guide_Final_0

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Unformatted text preview: SMS CO-PRODUCED WITH: NOVEMBER 2009 | 1 QUICK START GUIDE SMS 1. SMS Overview .................................................................2 What is SMS?........................................................................................2 How SMS is used for social change .............................................2 Why use SMS? .....................................................................................3 2. What to consider .............................................................4 Cost .........................................................................................................4 Audience and appropriateness ....................................................5 Location ................................................................................................5 Security and privacy .........................................................................5 Short code vs. long code ................................................................5 3. What youll need .............................................................7 What you need for a long code system .....................................7 What you need for a short code system ...................................8 How it all comes together ..............................................................9 4. Links and resources ......................................................10 5. About the creation of this guide .................................12 The guide creation process ..........................................................12 Changemakers ..................................................................................12 kiwanja.net.........................................................................................12 CONTENTS | 2 QUICK START GUIDE SMS WHAT IS SMS? SMS also known as Short Messaging Service or text messaging is a feature available on all mobile phones which allows a small amount of text to be sent between one user and another. Text messaging has becoming increasingly popular in recent years, particularly among youth, and it is being increasingly adopted by non-profit organizations as a valuable communications channel because it is two-way, direct and immediate. This quick start guide is intended to demystify SMS and help get you set up to using text messaging in your work in the shortest possible time. The guide is not intended to serve as a comprehensive look at the use of SMS, but rather a short overview of SMS considerations and an introduction into how it works. For more in-depth information, this guide is supplemented by a resource section to help you as you continue your SMS journey. HOW SMS IS USED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Text messages are used in a wide array of non-profit activities, and an increasing numbers of NGOs are adopting SMS in their work....
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