How donations via SMS works?
October 23, 2007 3:31 PM   Subscribe

I need to setup donations via SMS for a client, but I don't know how I can start. What companies offer this, what are the costs. Anyone knows?
posted by Leech to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Donations via SMS? How exactly would that work? Pledges only or actual money transfers?
posted by TomMelee at 3:46 PM on October 23, 2007

Look at this site:

Text HELP to 84424 now to make your SMS donation.

I saw this in many places, like tv shows where you send a SMS to entry for a prize or something and the system discount you an amount of $ from you cellphone account.
posted by Leech at 3:53 PM on October 23, 2007

Try googling "Payment via sms service". I got quite a few hits that might be promising.
posted by Octoparrot at 4:45 PM on October 23, 2007

Well, the Google magic words for this are "SMS billing" or "reverse SMS billing".

Anyway, if someone knows a good company that offer that service, would be great.
posted by Leech at 8:44 PM on October 23, 2007

please do post if youfind any solutions. Everything I know about mobile suggests this is going to be very, very, difficult.

Which is not to discourage you, only to emphasize how valuable the answer is!
posted by cloudscratcher at 9:23 PM on October 23, 2007

I'm in South Africa and this, as I understand it, is becoming a much more common practice over here in Africa. I recently saw a piece on CNN about how Masai goat farmers in Kenya are using SMS to make and accept payments instead of cash, which helps them avoid being robbed. I'm almost positive the company featured in the piece was Safaricom, which I believe is a child-company of Vodacom - one of the more prevalent operators on the continent here. The other big one is MTN. I'd try getting in touch with either of them regarding the service, but I'm not sure how much that will help you if local providers on your continent don't offer it.
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:58 PM on October 23, 2007

Ok, these are the services I've found: (includes API)

allkindsoftime: yes, mobile payments are very popular in South America too, but I'm more looking for donations instead of payments. Donations made directly from the billing of the cell phone account directly to the charity entity.

Thanks all
posted by Leech at 5:15 AM on October 24, 2007

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