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What is MT (Mobile Terminated)?

A mobile message routed from a client or an application and delivered to the end user’s mobile phone is a called a SMS MT (Mobile Terminated).

The word Terminated means that the message is terminated (delivered) on a mobile device. It is also known as an Outbound SMS.

What is the difference between MT and MO messages?

Quite simply they are the start and end of an SMS message’s journey. MO stands for ‘mobile originated’ and is any message sent from a mobile device. Once delivered to the recipient it becomes an MT message i.e. a message delivered to a recipient via the MNO‘s infrastructure.