SIM Hosting

Receive SMS from mobiles using virtual SIM hosting and physical SIM hosting.

Physical SIM Hosting

Receive SMS from mobiles on different networks using a SIM hosted by HSL allows the client to provide a mobile number of their choice. SIMs are monitored 24x7 and, while not technically superior to Virtual Mobile Numbers (VMNs), are hosted in specialised equipment on HSL's premises and are suitable for low volume traffic applications. Physical SIM Hosting is only available to receive SMS and SIMs are not used for sending SMS, instead any messages you send to mobiles go through our SMS delivery routes.

Use a Physical SIM Hosting when sending an SMS to a mobile phone so that you can receive a reply back to your application.

Virtual SIM Hosting

"Virtual SIM Hosting" provides a high performance method of receiving up to 50 SMS per second through a customer-supplied SIM. The mobile number of the SIM can be used to receive SMS without the restrictions of normal SIM card hosting. This service supports approximately 600 mobile networks worldwide and is a means of getting the performance of Virtual Mobile Numbers (VMNs) with the advantage of a national mobile number (e.g. a SIM from a mobile network in France for use with a service targeted at mobile users in France).

VSIMs can be used to provide a local number to which mobiles from the same country can send messages for the same cost as sending a message to any other local mobile number. Mobiles from other supported networks worldwide can also send to the same number.

Use VMNs for text marketing to receive replies and converse with customers.

Use a Virtual SIM Hosting when sending an SMS to a mobile phone so that you can receive a reply back to your application.

Set-up and rental pricing for VSIMs varies by country.

Virtual SIM Hosting is compatible with each of our supported APIs - SMPP, HTTP and SMTP (email) - and solutions - AlertBroadcast, EmailSMS and WebSMS.

Timestamp: When using the SMPP interface and the VSIM service, the exact time the SMS was sent to the VSIM by the mobile subscriber can be received.

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