SMS stands for short message service. The service allows for short text messages to be sent from one cell phone to another cell phone or from the Web to another cell phone. Typically a maximum of 160 characters. When it is mentioned in the wireless scouting camera industry, a common function will be related to SMS: SMS control. This function allows you to send a SMS text message to the camera to change the settings or request a realtime picture. The SMS command can be sent from a regular phone or from a server via internet.
MMS messaging, which stands for multimedia messaging service, takes SMS text messaging a step further. MMS allows for longer message lengths beyond the traditional, 160-character SMS limit. MMS, which is often used to send pictures, extends upon SMS and allows for longer content lengths. MMS feature is used widely in the scouting camera industry. With the MMS feature over AT&T or T-mibile cellular network, the user can send the pictures to a cellphone or an email address by using the MMS text message plan.