Shortcodes are useful when you have information to sell. Once the incoming payment SMS is received, a reply SMS containing the information, or a weblink to the information, or an entry code to a website containing the information can be sent back to your customer.
Premium Rated Shortcode services are supplied by BulkSMS either on a dedicated shortcode basis, or on a keyword basis where a single shortcode is shared by multiple users each with their own keyword.
Dedicated shortcodes would typically be used by customers wanting to run multiple services of their own, each with a different keyword. There is no limit to the number of keywords that can be used on a dedicated number. There is a network imposed minimum volume requirement from Vodacom of 3000 incoming SMS's per month.
Premium Rate SMS can also be used for:
- Voting lines.
- Competition entry mechanism.
- Information gathering.
An example of a premium rate shortcode service is that of one provided by Wavescape
where you send an SMS with the keyword “WS” to the shortcode 34010 (SMS
charged at R2/SMS) for the surf forecast for Cape Town and an automatic response
is then received via SMS containing the surf forecast for the next 4 days for the
area you selected (in this example – WS).
Open your BulkSMS account and start using our Premium Rate Services now.
Should you like more info or have any other sales related query, please contact our sales desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0860 SMSING (0860 767 464).