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Sending pictures to mobile

Hi

We have a staff database app that also stores staff pictures with each staff
record. I have been asked to design something so we can send pictures of
staff to people's mobiles when they need it for ID purposes. I have no idea
where to start on this. Has anyone had any experience with sending pictures
to mobiles from a .net app? Any pointers would be appreciated. I would not
know the phone service providers of the recipients beforehand. They could be
with any one of the providers here in UK; T-Mobile, Videophone, O2 or any of
the others. All I have to go with are staff mobile numbers from the staff
database. Is it doable?

Thanks

Regards

Aug 26 '07 #1
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"John" <Jo**@nospam.infovis.co.ukwrote in
news:uQ**************@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
They could be
with any one of the providers here in UK; T-Mobile, Videophone, O2 or
any of the others. All I have to go with are staff mobile numbers from
the staff database. Is it doable?
Definately doable - you'll need access to a SMS/MMS gateway. There are
several gateway providers to choose from, but I've dealt with Click-A-Tel
and txtNation.

These providers implement a "web service" like API to send/receive
messages. Very easy to implement if you have experience with HTTP, a bit of
ASP.NET, and standard application development.

Aug 26 '07 #2
We are talking about sending pictures right?

Thanks

Regards

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"John" <Jo**@nospam.infovis.co.ukwrote in
news:uQ**************@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
>They could be
with any one of the providers here in UK; T-Mobile, Videophone, O2 or
any of the others. All I have to go with are staff mobile numbers from
the staff database. Is it doable?

Definately doable - you'll need access to a SMS/MMS gateway. There are
several gateway providers to choose from, but I've dealt with Click-A-Tel
and txtNation.

These providers implement a "web service" like API to send/receive
messages. Very easy to implement if you have experience with HTTP, a bit
of
ASP.NET, and standard application development.

Aug 26 '07 #3
On Aug 26, 1:12 am, "John" <J...@nospam.infovis.co.ukwrote:
Hi

We have a staff database app that also stores staff pictures with each staff
record. I have been asked to design something so we can send pictures of
staff to people's mobiles when they need it for ID purposes. I have no idea
where to start on this. Has anyone had any experience with sending pictures
to mobiles from a .net app? Any pointers would be appreciated. I would not
know the phone service providers of the recipients beforehand. They could be
with any one of the providers here in UK; T-Mobile, Videophone, O2 or any of
the others. All I have to go with are staff mobile numbers from the staff
database. Is it doable?

Thanks

Regards
Do you have to send the pictures to the mobile device or could the
mobile device connect to a website to retrieve the picture? ASP.Net
offers a rich variety of options when programming mobile websites, you
can specify certain capabilities for different phones, and use device
filters to render the page for the certain phone. Also, can't you just
send a simple email to the mobile phone if it supports it?

Thanks,

Seth Rowe

Aug 27 '07 #4

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