Defining SMS and SMTP
SMS (Short Message Service)
SMS is a message system designed for cellular phones. Unlike email, SMS messages are sent to phone numbers, not addresses. They are routed through a gateway, which connects directly to the carrier's network. In order to receive SMS messages, the recipient must first give permission by text and agree to the terms.
SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol)
SMTP is the standard for email on the internet. Most cell phones are able to receive text messages in this format. In essence, the phone receives an email, and in fact, a message delivered in this fashion is sent to an address like "email@example.com."
Weather Notifications from Weather Integrations
Alerts sent to subscribers or contacts using Weather Integrations will be sent by SMS.
Weather Notifications from the National Weather Service (NWS)
Alerts sent to subscribers or contacts generated directly through subscription by signing up on an agency's web portal will be sent by SMTP.
Alerts sent to internal groups or contacts from the Send Alert form or the legacy Send Internal Alert form will be sent by SMS.
The terms located in this section are listed alphabetically.
- NWS: National Weather Service
- SMPT: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
- SMS: Short Message Service