Dedicated Short Codes
A number that people will remember with ease
What is a Short Code?
Short codes are easy to remember 4-6 digit virtual numbers that allow you to send at the highest messaging volume and throughput.
Why choose a short code?
Due to the enterprise focus and high cost, this option is not for everyone. You should only apply for short code messaging if your business needs any of the following:
1) 4-6 digit easy to remember mobile number
2) High speed delivery for time-sensitive messages
3) Ability to send or receive over 150k SMS per day
Previously businesses had the option of choosing between a dedicated or shared short code. Shared short codes offered businesses looking to take advantage of the benefits of a short code, at a much lower cost. American carriers have however completely phased out shared short codes as of June 1 2021, to combat spam and fraud. Dedicated short codes are now the only option for businesses looking to unlock the full capabilities of bulk SMS.
Frequently Asked Questions
A toll-free number is 8 digits long, and a 10DLC is 10 digits long which allows for more number combinations. In addition to short codes simply being more rare, carriers have also made the barrier to entry for these numbers quite exclusive as well. Since you can do more at a much faster rate with a short code, the approval process takes significantly longer as carriers need to ensure that you are using it appropriately.