What is P2P (person-to-person) messaging?

Person-to-person (P2P) messaging refers to sending mobile messages from one user to another, where an SMS message travels between two mobile subscribers.

This is the usual traffic between mobile operator’s subscribers. The primary P2P messaging usage examples include basic text messaging, various chat services, etc.

How does P2P messaging work?

Person-to-Person SMS, or peer-to-peer messages, are sent between individuals using a mobile phone with a SIM card. In P2P SMS messaging, no information is stored in third-party servers. The network routes the data from one user to another, making the conversation private.

What is the difference between P2P and A2P messaging?

P2P Messaging is a message exchange between two people using their mobile phones. They are generally used for two-way communication rather than for commercial use. For example, those messages are exchanged between friends, colleagues, family, etc.

A2P (Application-to-Person) Messaging refers to software applications sending messages to mobile devices. They are generally automated or integrated into a CRM for conversational, informational, or transactional use.

The most notable difference between P2P and A2P is their purpose and send volume. P2P SMS is used for personal reasons, often between one sender and one recipient. In comparison, A2P is used for commercial and marketing purposes and can be sent to thousands of recipients simultaneously.

What is the difference between P2P and P2A messaging?

P2P SMS refers tosending messages from one person to another, while P2A (Person-to-Application) Messaging refers to sending messages from a mobile user to an application.Examples of P2A SMS are subscriptions, TV voting campaigns, etc.

Jan 7th, 2022
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