5 reasons to receive SMS online
Look around you. If you’re in a public space you’ll probably see dozens of people checking their mobile and reading their text messages. It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing the buzz, beep, or music tones of new messages arriving.
Since everyone is getting along just fine receiving SMS messages on their mobiles, why would anyone want to receive SMS online?
It turns out there’s a lot of advantages.
- No need for a physical device when you have a virtual mobile number
- Can manage many messages at once
- Send to unlimited numbers at the same time
- No need for a cellular connection – just Wi-Fi
- Multiple people can use the same account
The benefits of each advantage are numerous to both organisations and individuals.
No device needed
If you have an Internet connection you can receive SMS online. All you need to do is get a virtual mobile number or VMN. It works just like a private number you get when you purchase a phone, but there’s no actual physical device associated with it. You purchase, or rent a VMN from an SMS provider like fastsms, and you can send and receive messages just like you had a phone.
This is a great option for anyone that doesn’t want to be tied into long or expensive contracts with a mobile network, but does want to communicate with friends, family or work via SMS.
Alternatively, organisations that use SMS to communicate with employees, members or customers, don’t necessarily need a physical device. They just want to be able to send and receive messages from the office, or any device (not just the one mobile) used by staff. It also helps save businesses money because they don’t have to purchase mobiles for everyone to use just for business. The office can use the virtual mobile numbers to send and receive messages with employees who can use the mobiles they already own.
Multiple message management
If you text a lot then you know it’s often hard to keep track of all your conversations. You might have even sent a message to the wrong number by accident! I know I have. But when you log into an online SMS service like the one on the fastsms website, you can manage your received messages just like you would your email. You can tag them, put them in folders, delete them, save for later, or reply. This is really helpful if you receive lots of SMS messages from many different people or groups.
If you’re using SMS for marketing, this enhanced message management helps you keep track of your campaigns by filtering on the keyword you receive when people reply to your message. This simplifies list management including automatic blacklisting (with NetMessager anyway – the fastsms web-based SMS service). When someone replies indicating they don’t want any more messages from you the number is automatically added to the blacklist. This is used as verification that any future messages are not sent to that number saving you from spam complaints.
Send to as many numbers as you want
Ok. That subtitle technically isn’t about receiving SMS online, but often before you can receive you need to send right? If you need to contact more than one number at a time, chances are you probably want to receive messages from them too.
So when you send out those 100,000 messages asking people to reply with a keyword in order to get a discount, enter a contest, verify their hours, – or anything – receiving them online means you’ll have a much easier time sorting them out. Imagine getting that many replies on your mobile – it probably would explode or start to smoke!
No worrying about signal strength
Cellular reception is getting better all the time, but there are still plenty of places where you’ll find weak signal strength. There isn’t much worse than being in the middle of an important conversation (via text of course!) and waiting anxiously for a reply that never comes because you’re out of range.
When you receive your messages online with a virtual mobile number, all you need to have is a Wi-Fi connection. This can make a huge difference if you are inside a building, in the Tube, or out in the country. Public Wi-Fi is becoming more common and many places offer it for free for customers. So when your cellular signal disappears, just turn to the Net, log into your SMS providers website, and keep that conversation going!
Account management is easier
Many organisations that use SMS need multiple people to have access to the account to send and read received messages. Whether your staff works in shifts, or multiple people need access at the same time, online access to your SMS service is critical. Being able to allocate SMS credits, or divide up the work they do by campaign, means they will be more efficient. And it also means you won’t have a single point of failure – like when an employee gets sick and you suddenly realise they are the only ones who had access to all the messages!
You only need one VMN (unless you want more) and you can have as many people as you need managing the messages you receive and sending replies as needed. And because of the way it’s set up (in NetMessenger), you’ll always have verification of who sent what messages so you can keep track of where your credits are going.
If all of this sounds good, why not click the button below to open your free account today. You’ll get 10 free credits to see how easy it is to send and receive SMS online.