Inbound and Two-Way Text Messages
SMS Virtual Numbers, Short Codes and VSIM Hosting

What is inbound & two-way text messaging?

SMS Virtual Numbers

Known in the industry as MO (Mobile Originated) SMS, is where a person using a mobile phone or remote device capable of texting sends an SMS to a number (Virtual Number, Short Code or VSIM), and this is relayed to you.

What can inbound SMS numbers be used for?

Hundreds of our clients put Virtual Numbers, Short Codes and VSIMs to wide and varied uses, some of these include but are not limited to:

  • GPS tracking
  • Delivery re-scheduling
  • Customer support
  • SMS chat services
  • Information requests
  • Opt-in and opt-out of SMS updates
  • Concierge services

What inbound & two-way SMS number options are there?

SMS Virtual Numbers

Also known as Virtual Mobile Numbers, Long Codes and Virtual Numbers. These resemble normal mobile / cell numbers, which can encourage replies if you are doing a marketing campaign or chat service with your customers.

Virtual SIM

As an alternative to Virtual Numbers, the World Text VSIM service offers all the same functionality, throughput and reliability. Enables coverage where Virtual Number may not be available, and of course the SIM belongs to you.

Short Codes

5-6 digit numbers are easy to remember for marketing purposes (opt-in and opt-out). Dedicated Short Codes can be expensive and take time to be setup. Shared Short Codes you rent a keyword only, this enables lower costs and quicker setup times.

Hosted SIM

As an alternative to Virtual SIMs, this service enables coverage where Virtual SIMs or Virtual Numbers may not be available, especially suited to countries in the developing world. This is best suited to applications requiring low throughput speed.

How are the inbound & two-way SMS handled?

Using the original and unique World Text Auto Responder your text messages can be handled in a verity of ways, but key features are forwarding by email, HTTP or SMS.

For high volume, high throughput users SMPP can be enabled on your account, with your application taking over from the Auto Responder.