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Q: Mobile Phone Text Numbers in the UK ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Mobile Phone Text Numbers in the UK
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: david24-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 09 Nov 2002 11:10 PST
Expires: 09 Dec 2002 11:10 PST
Question ID: 104191
Where are the details for obtaining a five digit mobile phone text
reply numbers in the UK. E.g if you reply to competitions via mobile
phone text to the newspaper 'Metro, their number is 82222

Request for Question Clarification by purplecat-ga on 09 Nov 2002 12:17 PST
Hi david24-ga,

In which context do you mean this? Do you hope to find out to whom a
particular five digit mobile phone text number belongs? Or are you
seeking to obtain your own five digit mobile phone text number?



Clarification of Question by david24-ga on 10 Nov 2002 06:26 PST
Hi Purplecat,

The latter - I want to know how to obtain my own five digit mobile
phone text number.


Subject: Re: Mobile Phone Text Numbers in the UK
Answered By: purplecat-ga on 10 Nov 2002 17:54 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
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:

One provider,

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.


david24-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Great. Comprehensive. Thanks.

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