Shortcode provisioning for text marketing

Get your own dedicated shortcode for all of your text marketing campaigns.



Text Marketing Shortcode Provisioning

Thinking about your own shortcode for your text marketing campaigns? We make the process as simple and hands-off as it can possible be. By that we mean that we take care of EVERYTHING! The process is virtually headache free.

Let us help you provision your very own, dedicated shortcode. Just give us a call at 800-688-6290 or email us here with your questions or to get the ball rolling.

Benefits to owning your own shortcode

  • You'll have access to any textword that you could possibly want. You can also have as many as you want. On a shared shortcode you are limited to textwords that haven't been already taken by other companies.
  • Your brand won't be associated with anyone else's shortcode. It's dedicated to you and becomes synonymous with your brand.
  • Your subscribers automatically associate your brand with the same shortcode for all text marketing campaigns that you offer.
  • You have the options for Slick Text to build custom functionality that is not possible for customers on a shared shortcode.

Frequently Asked shortcode Questions...

What is a shortcode?

A shortcode is a short phone number, usually 5 or 6 digits, that can send and receive text messages messages, allowing people to interact with your text marketing campaigns.

Does Slick Text offer shortcodes outside of the USA?

Yes, at the moment, we can also provision shortcodes in Canada with many more countries soon on the way.

What's the difference between a dedicated and shared shortcode?

A dedicated shortcode is one that is dedicated for use only by you and your account. You have access to any and all textwords and allows the possibility for custom text marketing functionality. A shared shortcode is shared among several companies / brands.

What's a vanity shortcode?

A vanity shortcode is one that allows you choose what your number is going to be. Many company / brands will go with a vanity shortcode so they can have a number that is more memorable and easier to identify.

How long does it take to get a shortcode?

There are 2 parts to obtaining your own shortcode. There is a registration process and provisioning process. The registration process usually only takes between 24 and 48 hours. During that time we work with the Common shortcode Administration to reserve your shortcode.

After it's been reserved, we then begin the provisioning processes which typically takes between 8 to 12 weeks. During that time, we work with over 60 different mobile carriers to have your shortcode approved and activated on their networks.

What mobile carriers do you provision my shortcode with?

We provision your shortcode with the following carriers:

Major carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Alltel, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile.

Minor carriers: Alaska Communications Systems (ACS), Appalachian Wireless (EKN), Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular One of East Central IL (ECIT), Cellular One of Northeast Pennsylvania, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cricket, Coral Wireless (Mobi PCS), COX, Cross, Element Mobile (Flat Wireless), Epic Touch (Elkhart Telephone), GCI, Golden State, Hawkeye (Chat Mobility), Hawkeye (NW Missouri), Illinois Valley Cellular, Inland Cellular, iWireless (Iowa Wireless), Keystone Wireless (Immix Wireless/PC Man), MetroPCS, Mosaic (Consolidated or CTC Telecom), Nex-Tech Wireless, NTelos, Panhandle Communications, Pioneer, Plateau (Texas RSA 3 Ltd), Revol, RINA, Simmetry (TMP Corporation), Thumb Cellular, Union Wireless, United Wireless, Viaero Wireless, and West Central (WCC or 5 Star Wireless), CellCom and CellSouth.

How much does it cost to buy a shortcode?

The Common shortcode Administration doesn't let you buy shortcodes, you can only lease them. Lease periods are 3 months long and total costs are $3,450 per 3 months for dedicated shortcodes and $4,800 per 3 months for vanity shortcodes.

Can Slick Text handle the shortcode process for me?

Yes. We do everything for you. We'll simply ask your a series of questions to kick the process off, reserve your shortcode with the Common shortcode Administration and provision it will over 60 carriers across the country.

How do my subscribers interact with my new shortcode?

After your shortcode becomes active with all carriers, we immediately activate it on our system. You'll have full access to powerful, enterprise-class text marketing platform. As soon as it's connected, you'll be able to launch your first text marketing campaign within minutes.

We're sure you have more questions and we'd love to answer them.
Please give us a call at 800.688.6290 or contact us and let us bring you up to speed.



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