For many business applications, having a virtual, dedicated SMS number
is required. These cases are important for business/corporate users
who want to collect information from their partners, employees or customers.
The traditional option is to use Short Codes. Unfortunately, Short Codes
are expensive, take months to setup and are country specific. Many of
our customers are looking for a solution that will allow them to receive
incoming SMS messages but are not prepared to spend thousands of dollars
each month and wait 3-4 months just to get started.
For this reason, Upside developed a unique solution called Virtual
SMS. This solution provides a dedicated SMS number with about 90% of
functionality available with Short Codes, but at about 10% of the cost.
Also, they are available almost instantly. We can setup this low cost
alternative to short codes within a day. Click
here to see how it works.
The applications are limitless. Some of them include:
- Library Reference Services – Upside enables two-way communication for a number of university and public libraries. By publishing a dedicated VirtualSMS number each library enables its users to send requests for information from their mobile phones. Such requests are directed to one or more librarians who then complete the job and answer the user. Librarians can use Upside's web services or familiar email clients to receive and answer mobile requests. The system also allows for tempate off-hour responses as well as integration with other systems using Upside's EnterpriseSMS API.
- Non Premium SMS campaigns - Perfect for prototyping,
beta launches or initial production services, Virtual SMS can be setup
within a day at a cost that is 5-10 times lower comparing to having
a short code.
- Pooling - publish your dedicated number and collect
opinion from your customers. See how a global
radio station uses a private virtual SMS number to communicate
with over 2 billion people around the world.
- Marketing - through implementing giveaways and
contests, you receive consent from customers to send them SMS advertising.
- Medical trials (clinical trials) - you can ask
members of the panel to SMS their results to your dedicated SMS number.
The collected information goes straight into your database, inducing
- Call-back long distance - publish your virtual
SMS number overseas. Your customers can send a number of the person
in the USA that they want to talk to through your virtual SMS number.
The number of the sender and the number of the other party are then
sent to your application and a voice call is established at a low
international tariff between those two numbers.
We sell virtual SMS numbers in many countries. US, Canadian, UK Virtual
SMS numbers are available within 24 hours. Please contact
us if you need a Virtual SMS number in another country.