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 Code||Shared 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|
|Talk to our team today||Start a free trial|
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 FormCellular 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.
2. Provision and Test Your NumberOnce 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.
3. Launch Your Marketing CampaignYou’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.
Dedicated SMS Short Code Costs
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 Codes||Vanity Dedicated Short Codes||One-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 for Short Code Services?
We’ve helped thousands of customers get started with short code texting. We’d love to bring you onboard, too!
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.
Our tools make it easy to comply with The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and CTIA regulations. We even offer a free compliance SMS.
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.
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.
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 a Dedicated Short Code
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
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.
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.
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
- Import contacts
- iOS and Android app
- Unlimited keywords
- Custom fields
- Data collection
- Link tracking
- MMS marketing
- Extended messaging
- Push notifications
- Zapier integration
- 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.