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@TechnicalJones: Tech Term - Unstructured Supplementary Service Data

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Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)

Definition:
  A synchronous protocol of all GSM networks and handsets. It is generally associated with real time or instant messaging phone services.

There is no store-and-forward capability, as is typical of other short message protocols. Response times for interactive USSD-based services are generally quicker than those used for SMS.


@TechnicalJones: Tech Terms - GPRS

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General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) 

Definition: A data service for GSM cellular carriers. GPRS added a packet capability to GSM. 

GPRS data transfer is typically charged per megabyte of traffic transferred, while data communication via traditional circuit switching is billed per minute of connection time, independent of whether the user is actually using the capacity or is in an idle state.

SMS transfer over GPRS is much faster than over GSM.



@TechnicalJones: Tech Term - pyGSM

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Tech Terms - pyGSM


Definition: Is a Python module which uses pySerial to provide an easy interface to send and receive SMS via a GSM Modem. It was ported from RubyGSM, and provides nearly the same features.




@TechnicalJones: mHealth Big Picture

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@TechnicalJones: Text - No Smoke

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Interesting use of text messaging:

Quitting Smoking May Be Just A Text Away








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@TechnicalJones: mHealth Steps

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Check out this interesting article:

Text-Messaging for Health Still Has Its Challenges







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@TechnicalJones: Text Health Progress in Africa

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The drive to improve access
around the world continues:


Texting for Health Makes Progress


Texting for Health Makes Progress



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@TechnicalJones: Africa SMS

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@TechnicalJones: Text mHealth

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@TechnicalJones: Tech Terms - Voice SMS

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http://www.technicaljones.com/TechTerm.pngVoice SMS (Short Message Service)

Definition:
Allows users to send SMS messages by voice.  The sender dials a command (usually "*"), then a mobile number to record and send a voice SMS. 

The recipient receives a regular text SMS notifying them of their voice SMS, which they can listen to.