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Both Twilio and Telerivet integrate easily with CommCareHQ.
For international SMS projects, many projects use a separate Android phone to create a Telerivet gateway. This requires an active local SIM card.
For U.S. based SMS projects, many projects choose to use Twilio. A web based phone number can be purchased for $1/month.
For India bases SMS projects, Unicel is preferred. Additionally, India has regulations involving SMS projects. More information can be found on this help page.
What is the volume cut-off for a Telerivet gateway versus going to Telecoms?
To test an SMS gateway in multiple countries, procure a SIM card for each country mobile operator. Start by sending test messages to each phone. Once received, send in a response to confirm that messages can be sent both ways.
For more information regarding managing your SMS system check out the Telerivet FAQ for helpful tips.
For more information on testing gateways in India, please see this help page
What question types can I use to send out questions via SMS survey?
Message Log: Start by reviewing the message log to review any test data.
Reminder Calendar: Check the reminder’s calendar to see the upcoming messages for your configuration. Select one of the calendar message recipients.
Contact: Review the case data of an active case and any relevant case properties
Reminders: Open up reminders, verify case properties that serve as triggers.
For further testing messaging in India, please see this help page
Is testing SMS as difficult as it was a couple years ago?