SMS Shortcodes

High-Quality Rated SMS (Shortcodes)

High-quality shortcodes are an easy way to operate a service where customers pay for the privilege of sending text messages. The cellular networks acquire these payments, and then part goes towards you via SMS Local!

Appeal for a Premium Rated Shortcode here

When you have valuable information to sell, use shortcodes. They’re an excellent way for customers to look at their phones during a meaningful conversation with someone else (or even themselves). Not only can they receive the sale, but they also find out more about what’s happening right now! When the incoming payment SMS is received, you can send a reply message to your customer containing any information they might need. It includes an entry code or weblink that will take them directly where it’s most convenient for you!

Premium Rated Shortcode services are the best way to communicate your message. SMS Local supplies premium-rated shortcodes dedicatedly or shared among multiple users with their keyword!

The shortcodes are perfect for any business that needs to run multiple services with different keywords. There are no limits to how many keywords you can use on your dedicated number. There is, however, an imposed minimum monthly volume from Vodacom of 3000 incoming SMSes that will be credited towards the cost for this service.

You can also use it for High-Quality Rates SMS:

  • Information Gathering
  • Competition entry mechanism.
  • Voting lines.

Premium rate shortcodes provide an easy way to send messages that are charged at a premium rate. For example, if you wanted the surf forecast for Cape Town and wished it sent automatically into your inbox every day until Friday morning, text “WS” followed by 34010.

Open your SMS Local account & begin using our High-Quality Rate Services now.

We’re always here to help! If you have any other inquiries or would like some information, please get in touch with our sales desk at  SMS Local.


Shortcode Costs

The Premium Rate Service is perfect for those looking to sell their message. You can set up an incoming capacity of up 10 SMSes per second, or you could choose dedicated and not generate any revenue from it!

Example: Vodacom subscribers can benefit from a great deal! When sending an SMS to any keyword that costs R5.00, you will receive only R3 for each message sent through the network of the Voda carrier. The customer’s network preference will determine the payout they receive. If on MTN, you get R2.51, and if Cell C, it’s only 0 93! All payouts are VAT inclusive. Later, VAT will be less from the payouts to other non-vendors.

Claiming Payouts

The bulk of your paycheck will be in the form of network payouts, which usually come about eight weeks after each month’s end. You can expect to see those funds within a few days afterward! SMS Local has a good Premium SMS Reporting facility that lets you determine your clients’ monthly needs. Will, not payout any amount less than R100.


We’re here to help! Our customer support is available on weekdays, Saturdays, and Public Holidays. You can find helpful answers on our website or by contacting us through email anytime.We’re always happy to help! If you have questions about our SMS Local products or require further information, please email us at

Getting Started

Register for an SMS Local account, then fill in and submit the online application.