These are the results I was able to obtain by running a Google search
using the search terms "reverse billing sms short number".
The initial search returned the following results, should you wish to
duplicate my search:
It appears there are several companies offering SMS short numbers,
which cover all major networks in the UK. There are a number of
options available. For example, you could have a shared short code,
ideal for short term contracts of around 3 months, or a dedicated
short code for long contracts of 12 months or more. You can also
choose whether to have reverse billing [where the customer is charged
to receive information back] or whether the customer should just pay
for a standard text message. In addition, you may opt for a number of
different tariffs to be charged, which vary according to your chosen
short number service provider and/or mobile network.
An interesting article about the use of SMS short numbers and/or
reverse billing, is available online at:
The links below will take you to companies in the UK who can provide
you with a SMS short number:
details the various tariffs that may be charged across 3 of the main
networks, Orange, O2 and Vodafone.
However, all reverse billing and short text number services must
comply with the ICSTIS Code of Practice. This is normally available
Unfortunately, when I visited their site, there was a message saying
they had temporary server problems. But I was able to find an
alternative source at:
There must also be an option provided for subscribers to unsubscribe
by text message.
I hope this information helps. Good luck.