Acronym Buster



Application to Person – When messages are generated by automated systems, software and hardware and terminated on personal mobile devices.



Application Program Interface – A set of protocols and parameters which outline the expected inputs and outputs of a system or solution. An API enables different systems to connect to each other and explains how the integration should be structured.



Global System for Mobile – A standard for communication amongst mobile devices which was originally created in Europe but now used in most of the world. It allows different handsets and platforms to seamlessly communicate with each other.



Instant Message – A message sent from an application or protocol on a device, which is then ransferred through a network and displayed on the recipients device using the same application or protocol. Instant messages are often displayed in real time and built around a format that enables seamless two way discussion.



Mobile Country Code – A 3 digit code used to define the country where a call or message will be sent.



Mobile Network Code – A 2 or 3 digit code used to define which network (within a country) where a call or message will be sent.



Mobile Network Operator – A company who operates a mobile network within a jurisdiction.



Mobile Number Portability – Jurisdictions which allow clients and users to acquire a unique telephone number from one operator, and then transfer that number to another operator of choice. This process can be carried out on multiple occasions at the user’s discretion.



Person to Person – When messages are generated by one person, and then sent to another person for use by the recipient. Instant Chat Messages and applications are fast replacing SMS as the standard P2P method of messaging.



Short Message Service – A standard format of sending short text messages using the GSM protocol for communication.



Two-Factor Authentication – Two-Factor Authentication limits the risk of fraudulent access to secured online services by adding a second layer of protection to a users login credentials.



Terms and Conditions – The rules, regulations and parameters required in order to use a service.

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