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What's the Difference Between a Short Code and a Long Code?

Shared Short Code

A short code is a 5 or 6 digit phone number that is used by businesses and organizations to send and receive text messages at scale. A shared short code is simply one that is used across multiple organizations. Shared codes are best in cases where you:

  • Need high volume mass messaging
  • Need ease of opt-in via text to join
  • Want no additional short code costs
  • Don't mind sharing your number with others

 

Dedicated Short Code

A short code is a 5 or 6 digit phone number that is used by businesses and organizations to send and receive text messages at scale. A dedicated short code is one that is used only by you or your company. Dedicated codes are best in cases where you:

  • Need high volume mass messaging
  • Need ease of opt-in via text to join
  • Have additional budget for a short code
  • Don't want to share your number with anyone

 

Toll-Free Phone number

A toll-free phone number is a simple 10-digit number that is not local and is text-enabled. Toll-free numbers do not support picture messaging. They are best in cases where you:

  • Need medium volume mass messaging
  • Need to engage in 2-way texting
  • Don't need to send and receive pictures
  • Don't want to share your number with anyone

 

Local Phone Number

A local phone number is a simple 10-digit number that has a local area code and is text-enabled. Most local numbers allow you send picture messages as well. Local numbers are best in cases where you:

  • Need low volume mass messaging
  • Need to engage in 2-way texting
  • Need to send and receive picture messages
  • Don't want to share your number with anyone

 

Text-Enable Your Landline

If you have a landline that doesn't currently support text messaging, you can enable it's ability to send and receive messages with your SlickText account. This is best in cases where you:

  • Need low volume mass messaging
  • Need to engage in 2-way texting
  • Want to present one number for both voice and text message communications
  • Don't want to share your number with anyone

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