Over the past few years SMS marketing has become a legitimate advertising channel in some parts of the world. This is because unlike email over the public internet, the carriers who police their own networks have set guidelines and best practices for the mobile media industry (including mobile advertising). The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), as well, have established guidelines and are evangelizing the use of the mobile channel for marketers. While this has been fruitful in developed regions such as North America, Western Europe and some other countries, mobile SPAM messages (SMS sent to mobile subscribers without a legitimate and explicit opt-in by the subscriber) remain an issue in many other parts of the world, partly due to the carriers selling their member databases to third parties. In India, however, government's efforts of creating National Do Not Call Registry have helped cellphone users to stop SMS advertisements by sending a simple SMS or calling 1909.
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This question exists for many. First, NEVER EVER purchase a list of mobile numbers. (SMS/MMS) marketing is permission based, and ultimately you want a list of customers numbers who are genuinely interested in your product or service and are happy to receive your text message and are likely to buy your goods and service. Remember, you can turn customers off and possibly upset a lot of your potential customers when sending text messages on their mobile devices without their consent.