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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SNS

It is best suited for sending notifications based on events in the AWS realm. It can be used to alert the developers in case of undesirable activity as well as be used as a medium for sending notifications to production applications
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CLX Messaging Services

We use mBlox for short and long code procurement. The service allows easy process to get a code for your specific needs. They also offer multiple routes depending on the needs and pricing and help with the carrier certification in all regions. We got a number of codes to send SMS messages and integrated those codes with our marketing platform.
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Pros

Amazon SNS

  • Super simple setup and deployment. You can have a new service set up within minutes and in a serverless environment as well
  • Well documented and incredibly easy to use. There are available APIs in almost every relevant language and are all well documented by AWS. Getting any team up to date on their new Notification architecture shouldn't take longer than a day.
  • Being managed by AWS themselves makes the service highly available in every possible way. Your SNS deployment is almost guaranteed to never go down without you ever lifting a finger to make it so.
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CLX Messaging Services

  • Short and long code procurement and management.
  • Certification of long and short codes.
  • Route management.
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Cons

Amazon SNS

  • Testing on different environments was a challenge to setup. Unclear how it's really supposed to work.
  • Mobile device tokens get disabled easily during testing making the push notification testing process fail silently.
  • SMS Delivery setup procedures not as straightforward.
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CLX Messaging Services

  • Improved UI for easier navigation to the owned short codes and status of their certification.
  • List of carrier requirements for certification (i.e. keywords).
  • Language and character do's and don't's for specific routes.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon SNS

As I mentioned previously, I wish we had gone with a different service such as a Mixpanel or OneSignal as they are reputable in the space and are known for their strong support and documentation. AWS SNS was the way to go for us at the time we chose it due to the fact that we were getting into using AWS Microservices and felt it would be best to stay the course.
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CLX Messaging Services

We considered LANCK telecom but we didn't see guaranteed results in certain regions as well as price wise some of the carriers were getting too expensive. Procurement and certification were of some other concerns and mBlox has a very friendly UI and helpful stuff to navigate the SMS messaging space.
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Return on Investment

Amazon SNS

  • It has helped our team to be alerted quickly to undesirable changes in our AWS environment so that immediate action can be taken. Hence it has saved us a lot of time and money due to quick action.
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CLX Messaging Services

  • Ease of use - straightforward purchasing process and setup.
  • Satisfied customers - reliable routes and service for text messaging.
  • Integration with our marketing platform made the use of codes easy.
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Pricing Details

Amazon SNS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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CLX Messaging Services

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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