We often get questions about enabling access in other countries. In general, we have enabled access in certain regions or countries on the basis of cost and demand. For example, a local access number in the United States costs about $2.00/month, whereas an access number in Hungary costs about $30.00/month. This is not a subscription-based service. We rely on our donors to maintain operation, and cost is an important factor in determining where we will extend the service.
In addition to direct access via the SMS provider, one option is to expand service is to establish a remote gateway in a given region. A remote gateway operates using an cellular modem (usually used for cellular internet access) attached to a Windows PC that communicates with the SMSGTE server. The remote gateway then handles the local SMS traffic, relaying it to the server. These gateways are established in partnership with local users or clubs allowing us to expand service into regions that are cost prohibitive using the SMS service provider.
|Australia/Cocos/Christmas Island||Direct SMS||Yes||United States|
|Ireland||Direct SMS||No||United States|
|Netherlands||Direct SMS||No||United States|
|United Kingdon||Direct SMS||Yes|
|United States||Direct SMS||Yes|
Special thanks go out to those operating remote gateways. Without their help, we could not offer services in those countries. If you are interested in establishing a remote gateway in your country, click here for the requirements.