SMS Short Code Services

Welcome to the stress-free way to get a dedicated SMS short code. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from working with carriers to launching your first campaign.

  • Send and receive a high volume of SMS and MMS
  • Build your brand with a memorable 5 or 6-digit phone number
  • Select between a random or vanity short code

Dedicated Short Code Service

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How to Get an SMS Short Code

With SimpleTexting, you get expert help every step of the way. We’ll work directly with you and the wireless carriers to get your short code up and running.

1. Complete Service Approval Form

1. Complete Service Approval Form

Cellular providers want to know what you plan on sending before giving you the go-ahead. We’ll work together to complete the necessary forms explaining your intended use case.

2. Provision and Test Your Number

2. Provision and Test Your Number

Once we’ve secured your dedicated SMS short code, the wireless carriers will test it to make sure all of the information on the service approval form was accurate. Then they’ll issue their final approval.

3. Launch Your Marketing Campaign

3. Launch Your Marketing Campaign

You’re ready to start using your new dedicated short code! Our easy-to-use platform gives you all the features you need to run a successful text marketing campaign.

Competitive SMS Short Code Pricing

Get everything you need to send messages from a short code at a competitive rate. No need to hire a developer. Just provision your number and start texting.

Short Code Type Leasing Fee*
Random Short Code $500/month
Vanity Short Code $1,000/month

The above prices are in addition to a one-time setup fee as well as a minimum spend of $500/month in messaging costs. See our rates here. Our enterprise team can also create a custom plan if you plan on sending a high volume of messages.

*Includes hosting and leasing. Billed annually. This includes short code leasing fees which are set by the Common Short Code Administration, which oversees all short codes in the U.S.

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Why Choose SimpleTexting’s SMS Short Code Service?

We’ve helped thousands of customers get started with short code texting. We’d love to bring you onboard, too!

No Coding Required

The SimpleTexting platform is designed to be easy for anyone to use, yet robust enough for advanced use cases. We offer an SMS API.

Dedicated Account Manager

We focus on delivering super fast and empathetic support. We are very responsive via all support channels: live chat, email, SMS chat, and by phone.

Enterprise-Level Performance

Expect high throughput with a dedicated short code from SimpleTexting. Send hundreds of messages per second from our web or mobile app.


Why This Music Festival Switched to an SMS Short Code Texting Service

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Life is Beautiful is a three-day celebration held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. With their previous SMS service, they were only able to message a small fraction of their list at once.

Here’s what happened when they switched to a dedicated SMS short code:

  • Deliverability increased by 336%
  • The team gained access to powerful analytics and reporting
  • Texts now account for around 25% of their ticket sales

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Dedicated SMS Short Code FAQ

We have over a decade of experience helping brands across the United States and Canada acquire short codes. If you have any other questions, get in touch!

What are SMS short codes?

Short codes are 5 or 6 digits long phone numbers that are typically used for mass text messaging and SMS marketing. The benefit of short codes is that they’re easy to remember and can send more messages per minute than other types of numbers.
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Yes, you can send MMS messages from a short code. Even if you don’t anticipate needing to send picture messages, we’ll work with carriers to enable your short code for MMS—just in case you change your mind in the future.
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At this time, we only dedicated SMS short codes in the United States and Canada.
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The cost of short code depends on whether you want a randomly selected number or a vanity short code. (i.e. A specific number that spells out a word.) The leasing fee for a random short code is $500/month. Vanity short codes cost $1,000/month. In addition to the leasing fee, there is a one-time setup fee which begins at $2,500 and a minimum spend of $500/month in messaging costs.
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Brands used to be able to send text messages from shared short codes. In other words, multiple companies could split the cost of a short code. This is no longer permitted by wireless carriers. However, there are inexpensive alternatives! You can use a toll-free number or a 10-digit long code. Both of these are available with SimpleTexting.
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It can take between six to eight weeks to provision a short code. The process involves filing paperwork with the wireless carriers and the Common Short Code Administration. We’re here to make every step as easy as possible for you.
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A short code must be either five digits or six digits. Five-digit codes range from 20000 to 99999. Six-digit codes range from 200000 to 999999.
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Try Our Short Code Messaging Service

Sign up for a trial to see how easy it is to send messages from our platform. When you're ready to get your own short code, get in touch.