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May 26, 2005
How does one go about procuring one of those magic 5 digit SMS numbers? For instance: 46645 (googl) is the SMS interface to google.
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They're called shortcodes, and
a quick Google
will turn up loads of companies who'll sell you one.
on May 26, 2005
In the United States, common short codes (CSCs) are issued by the
Common Short Code Adminstration
, which is the agent for the
(the wireless industry association).
Some things to note:
* Just because you have a CSC doesn't mean it works with all mobile operators--each operator can accept or reject a code at their sole discretion.
* A random code will set you back $500/mo and if you want a custom code (like "GOOGL") that's $1000/mo. And you have to sign up in 3/6/12 mo blocks and pay your bill up front.
* US CSCs don't work internationally (or vice versa)
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