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Is anyone using a third-party TAP or SNPP provider to send messages to a Blackberry? Specifically, I'm looking for names, impressions (good/bad), and contact info (web site good enough, phone # otherwise) to help select a provider. I have searched the forum for "TAP" (also searched on "SNPP") but have only found a few other posts which state only that there are third-party gateways (no names/specifics given), and that I should search the forum for "TAP".
Some background on why I'm asking and what I'm trying to accomplish:
Our company currently sends messages to pagers and cell phones. The preferred method of doing this is to use the carriers' TAP gateways. The next version of the messaging software we use will add support for SNPP (as well as some other protocols, including SMPP and WCTP), and one of our two most-used carriers supports SNPP. That will drive a shift to that protocol.
SMTP is avoided, as we have found that when SMTP messages are converted to SMS, a significant amount of the message is lost to unneeded SMTP headers. (Having said that, I suppose SMTP to a third-party service would be OK as long as the headers are dropped when converted to SMS).
I am looking at a BB 7100g, but Cingular does not seem to support TAP or SNPP for sending SMS messages. If I can find a third-party TAP and/or SNPP gateway, I might take the plunge. I would be absorbing the cost of using the third-party gateway myself, since this would be my BB and not the company's, so whatever third-party service I use needs to accomodate individuals, and not just bulk/enterprise customers. Preferably, I'd be able to set up an account that charges me for messages that are sent to my device(s), and not the sender.
I did find some info on RIM's site implying that a TAP gateway was offered (Blackberry Paging Service). But, after some less-than-productive contact with support, and then a phone call to sales, it seems this is for the older RIM devices.
Thanks in advance.