Receive SMS

We offer various types of incoming numbers which enable mobile users to send incoming messages to your organisation. Incoming messages for all types of number can be forwarded to you by email, or as HTTP requests directly to your server/web site.


Generally this will be a 5 digit number. Shortcodes can be used to receive SMS without any Premium rate charges. Shortcodes are Country specific (e.g. only mobile users on a UK network can send to a UK Shortcode).

FreeTEXT Shortcode

This type of Shortcode enables the mobile user to text your organisation at no cost to them, instead you are charged for each message received.

Virtual Long Number – UK

These look similar to a standard 11 digit UK mobile number and can be accessed internationally. Also known as MSISDN. These numbers provide a high message through put.

Virtual Long Number – Various Countries

Similar to the above, local numbers can be provided for specific destinations, for example, an organisation in Spain may wish to have a number prefixed with +34.

SIM Hosting – Various Countries

With this service you source a SIM with one of the local networks and we port the SIM and number on to our robust platform. This provides a high throughput service and is highly reliable. Management of the SIM is your responsibility.

Auto Replies

We can arrange for 'Auto Reply SMS' to be sent in response to incoming messages. This service is free of charge, you would simply pay standard costs for the out-bound SMS.

For more information including costs and lead times please view the following documents:
Receiving SMS.

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"KAPOW! delivers text messaging to our mobile phone users in 10 seconds....Accounting is streamlined, and purchasing new messaging units is easy. Very recommendable." – Telecommunications Manager, London School of Economics Read more

"Just about all our customers have mobile phones and all our sales people do so SMS as a broadcast or individual communication managed seamlessly through Kapow's gateway " – Richard Whitbread, Seiko UK Read more

"I have been delighted with the service I have received from Kapow. They were quickly able to pick up on our requirements and gave prompt and helpful responses to my queries. I would recommend this company to anyone. " – Val Whetton, Motofix Accident Repair Centres Read more

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