5 Digit SMS number
May 26, 2005 2:40 PM   Subscribe

How does one go about procuring one of those magic 5 digit SMS numbers? For instance: 46645 (googl) is the SMS interface to google.
posted by djacobs to Technology (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
They're called shortcodes, and a quick Google will turn up loads of companies who'll sell you one.
posted by cillit bang at 3:02 PM 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 CTIA (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)
posted by donovan at 4:25 PM on May 26, 2005 [1 favorite]

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