What are Short Codes?

These are memorable 5 digit numbers used in print and broadcast advertising, packaging and a host of applications for customers to contact an organisation.

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Why use Short Codes?

A short and memorable number allows incoming communication from an otherwise unknown lead. Let potential customers, users or other stakeholders contact you.

Five-digit Short Codes or MSISDN numbers are billed at a pre-determined, advertised, and higher than normal rate. Available on Cell-C, MTN, Telkom Mobile, Vodacom and 8ta. Network operators have introduced a series of Short Codes and price ranges to suit any budget.

The revenue generated by using a premium rated SMS line is shared between the Short Codes owner, the mobile operator, and SMSGains. The revenue share depends on the price band and the network.

can alter:

  • The response sent
  • If the incoming SMS should be forwarded to email or a mobile number

Each network pays out a different amount according to their own revenue share models (see below), but a minimum monthly volume of 500 messages per network will be required before SMSGains will pass on any revenue to clients

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