SMS Short Code Services

SMS Short Code Services

Using a shared or dedicated SMS short code number you can send and receive the highest volume of SMS and MMS messages in the least amount of time. From provisioning a dedicated short code to launching your first campaign, we’ve got you covered.

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Choose the Right SMS Short Code for You

Vanity and random dedicated short codes are provisioned solely for one customer––you have sole access to that shortcode. Shared short codes are provisioned for multiple customers that send similar kinds of messages. You can choose from:

Vanity Dedicated Short Code

A dedicated vanity short makes your number extra memorable, especially if you make it spell something out on a cellphones’ keypads. For example, the code 32623 spells out the word DANCE.

Random Dedicated Short Code

A random dedicated short code is a number that’s randomly generated. Random dedicated numbers offer all the same functionality as vanity short codes. Random short codes are more affordable.

Industry Shared Short Code

Shared short codes are significantly cheaper than dedicated short codes because many companies share them. There is no setup or recurring costs–you only pay for SMS and MMS credits.

Shared vs. Dedicated SMS Short Codes

Not sure whether a shared or dedicated SMS short code is for you? Here's a quick breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks.

Dedicated Short CodeShared Short Code
✖️Starts at $1,000 / month + setup cost + messaging costs✅ $0 + messaging costs
✅More control over your brand✖️Multiple companies using the same number
✖️Can take weeks to provision✅ Quick approval process
 ✅Choose any keyword you want✖️Not all keywords are available
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Here's How to Get a Dedicated SMS Short Code

While shared short codes take minutes to set you up on, a dedicated short code can take weeks. Not to worry, when you partner with us, you’re guided through the entire process. We help you file the proper paperwork with cell carriers and navigate the Common Short Code Administration.


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.

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2. Provision and Test Your Number

2. Provision and Test Your Number

Once we’ve secured your dedicated SMS short code, the cell 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.

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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.

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Dedicated SMS Short Code Service Cost

SMS short codes are leased, not sold. What you’re paying for is the exclusive right to use a specific 5 or 6-digit number to send and receive texts. (The cost of sending messages isn't included).

Random Dedicated Short CodesVanity Dedicated Short CodesOne-Time Setup Fee
$1,000 /month$1,500 / month*Starts at $2,000**

The above prices don’t include messaging costs. See the competitive messaging rates for our short code texting software here. Our enterprise team can also help create a custom plan if you plan on sending a high volume of messages.

*Includes hosting and leasing. Billed quarterly. This includes short code leasing fees which are set by the Common Short Code Administration, which oversees all short codes in the U.S. With SimpleTexting, you’ll pay the same fee the CSCA charges. There is no additional mark up.
**Setup fee varies based on services required.

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!

Best-In-Class Support

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.

Effortless Compliance

Our tools make it easy to comply with The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and CTIA regulations. We even offer a free compliance SMS.

Big Performance

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

Increased Brand Value

SMS short code numbers are short and memorable, giving your brand a boost in marketing and advertising. You’ll stand out from the crowd and grow your business.

Intuitive Platform

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

Mobile App

Our customers are big fans of our mobile app and the fact that it allows them the ability to harness the power of SMS even when they’re on the move.

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

Reach More Customers With an SMS Messaging Service
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 happend 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

Learn how they did it →


SMS Short Code Features

The possibilities of what you can do with short code messaging are endless. These are just a few of the powerful features that come with all of our plans.

Send Bulk Campaigns

Send mass texts to thousands of subscribers at once. With an SMS short code, they’ll instantly recognize who the message is from.

Collect Customer Data

Learn more about your shoppers. Use an SMS short code to text your audience questions and automatically record their responses.

Host Sweepstakes

Create buzz and attract customers with sweepstakes. To enter, all people have to do is text a keyword to your shared or dedicated SMS short code.

Build Audience Segments

SMS short codes are perfect for sending mass texts, and with our segments feature, you can make your messages highly relevant.

Send MMS Messages

Send more than just text messages from your dedicated short code. Include images, coupons, links, gifs, and more using MMS.

Schedule Campaigns

You can write your messages ahead of time, then sit back and relax. Our platform lets you schedule texts to send from your SMS short code.

More SMS Short Code Features

  • 2-way messaging
  • Scheduled texts
  • Autoresponders
  • Import contacts
  • iOS and Android app
  • Unlimited keywords
  • Custom fields
  • Data collection

  • Segments
  • Link tracking
  • MMS marketing
  • Teammates
  • API
  • Templates
  • Extended messaging
  • Push notifications

  • Triggers
  • Zapier integration
  • Analytics
  • Text-to-Win
  • Text-to-Vote
  • Polls
  • Web forms
  • Rollover credits

Shared and Dedicated SMS Short Code FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers!) on SMS short codes. If the answer you're looking for isn't here, we would be more than happy to help. Just use the chat at the bottom of your screen.


What are SMS short codes?

Short codes are short phone numbers, typically 5 or 6 digits long, that can only be used for text messages (SMS) or MMS messages.
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At this time, we only offer shared and dedicated SMS short codes in the U.S. and Canada.
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There is no cost to use one of SimpleTexting’s shared short codes. You just pay for the messages you send out. The cost of a dedicated short code depends on whether it’s a custom or random number and is upwards of $1,000 per month. There is also a one-time set-up fee that starts at $2,000.
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You can start the process of getting your short code today. Start a conversation with our onboarding team by clicking the blue chat bubble in the corner of your screen or email [email protected]
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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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