Short Codes

Short Codes are memorable 5-digit numbers like 46873 that are used in advertising campaigns, product packaging and any other applications to allow your customers and clients to easily contact you.

Advantages of Short Codes

Short Codes allows you to easily receive leads from potential customer or users by giving them a short and memorable number to message to.

Five-digit Short Codes or MSISDN numbers are billed at a pre-determined, advertised, and higher than normal rate. Network operators have introduced a series of Short Codes and price ranges to suit any budget.

Only available on: MTN, 8ta, Vodacom, Cell-C and Telkom Mobile

The revenue generated by using a premium rated SMS line is shared between the Short Codes owner, the mobile operator, and ContactNow. The revenue share depends on the price band and the network.

Custom campaigns can be developed to cater for specific requirements, and users can alter:

  • The response sent
  • If the incoming SMS should be forwarded to email or a mobile number

Network revenue payouts

Standard R1.00 R1.50 R2.00 R3.00 R5.00 R10.00 R20.00 R30.00
Cell C R0.00 R0.17 R0.40 R0.74 R1.20 R2.14 R4.45 R9.10 R13.75
MTN R0.00 R0.17 R0.40 R0.74 R1.20 R2.14 R4.45 R9.10 R13.75
Vodacom R0.00 R0.17 R0.40 R0.74 R1.20 R2.14 R5.24 R10.75 R16.28

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All you need to get started

Bulk SMS

SMS messaging platform allows you to communicate with multiple contacts at the same time, using our safe, easy to use, streamlined, high capacity, online SMS messaging system.

Short Code Pricing

ContactNow bulk SMS is credit based.  1 credit equals one SMS of 160 characters. Our pricing is competitive and affordable for all businesses and individuals.

Long Codes

Long Codes are 10-digit numbers, which cell phone users can use to contact an organisation for additional information or a call back.


Keywords are unique SMS identities and can be a very powerful tool when used with a Short Code.

Full featured API to integrate with web and desktop applications.

ContactNow’s parent company, Swarm Digital, can assist you with any integration requirements.  Contact us for more information.