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Amazon SNS

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CLX Messaging Services

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Amazon SNS

It is well suited for generic push notification requirements. It can be quickly created and modified to best suit your application at any given moment. However for any notification service that needs to be highly customizable for a specific deployment should be implemented through a competing or custom built service run on company servers
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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

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

  • The AWS website UI could use some definite improvement. The website itself is very clunky and hard to navigate and always seems to have the wrong information in the wrong places. It is a monstrous task trying to make a website as complicated as AWS look simple and easy to navigate but even with some minor improvements it would become much more user and beginner friendly.
  • Troubleshooting can be very difficult when encountering an issue with SNS and often many AWS services. By having all of your infrastructure in the cloud, it makes troubleshooting networking problems quite complicated. On top of this, aws provides little return information when a message fails to send, leaving a lot of guesswork to be done on your part to fix the issue.
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  • 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

SNS is much more customizable compared to SES and allows for many more delivery methods. While it is better for email-based notification services, not being able to send notifications via SMS limits your app functionality considerably. Being able to switch message delivery types is an invaluable tool for any application deployment
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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

  • Positive from the cost savings of the service itself
  • Positive from the labor savings from both the ease of setup and learning curve of the programmers
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  • 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