over-the-top messaging


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over-the-top messaging

A messaging app such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger that uses the Internet for transmission. Contrast with the SMS and MMS messaging systems that are built into cellphones and smartphones. See over-the-top broadcasting, over-the-top service, SMS and MMS.
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