SMS Time Zone and Country Information

Airship now infers time zone and country information that you can use to engage your SMS audience at the right time and in the right language.

Airship infers time zone and country for SMS channels based on their phone numbers (MSISDNsThe mobile phone number of an individual in your Airship audience. Each MSISDN represents an individual mobile device. ). If you weren’t capturing this information previously, Airship has already updated your SMS channels with time zone and country information where possible.

Scheduling SMS Messages for Local Time

Send your audience messages at the correct time in their time zone by scheduling a message using local_scheduled_time in the API or the Delivery By Time ZoneAn option for scheduled messages that delivers the messages according to recipient device’s current time zone. checkbox in the Delivery step in the Airship UI.

Localize SMS Messages

Use localization to send messages in the correct language, using your audience’s locale_country or a combination of locale_country and locale_language values.

Manually Set Time Zone and Locale

If you know your audience’s time zone, country, and language preferences, you can set these values for your audience when you register or update channels.

POST /api/channels/sms HTTP/1.1
Authorization: Basic <application authorization string>
Accept: application/vnd.urbanairship+json; version=3;
Content-Type: application/json

{
  "msisdn" : "15035556789",
  "sender": "12345",
  "opted_in": "2020-02-13T11:58:59",
  "timezone": "America/Los_Angeles",
  "locale_country": "US",
  "locale_language": "en"
}

Learn More

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