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Different Sender addresses of SMS messages

- 5 MIN READ - 02 Oct 2012

Sender name (also known as Sender ID, Originator, Sender address) is the number or name that appears as the sender of text message.

There are two types of senders for text messages:

  1. Regular phone number (i.e. +44 6377 3683)
  2. Alphanumeric (i.e. “BeerClub”)

Regular phone number

When you send SMS directly from your phone, sender is automatically your phone number and this can not be changed. If your friend has your number in his phonebook, your name automatically appears as sender – actually the Sender of the SMS is still just your phone number.

While using your own number as Sender, just make sure you always use international number format (i.e. +44 6377 3683). See list of country calling codes available in Wikipedia for your country prefix.

The benefit of using regular phone number as sender is that recipients can easily respond to the same number you used as Sender.

Alphanumeric sender

Using web services like Messente allows you to also use your company name as Sender of your text messages.

Alphanumeric sender is limited to 11 charaters and only numbers and regular characters are supported.

Bear in mind, that your clients can not respond (either call or text back) to your SMS when using alphanumeric sender – so include your contact number in the text message for feedback!

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