To send or receive SMS messages with Sinch, you will need a virtual number from Sinch. A virtual number is a standard telephone number that is not locked down to a specific phoneline. It can route a voice call or text message to any phone or application workflow.
You can get numbers that are set up for SMS, Voice, or both. You can buy a number from any country where Sinch has numbers in inventory. Countries with numbers available for rental are marked with Direct Access. All other countries will require you to submit a request to Sinch for manual handling.
Note: When you get a virtual number supporting documentation may be required and will need to be submitted before the transaction can be completed. If this is the case a message will be displayed at the bottom of your form (in an orange box). Learn more about supporting documentation.
To search for and rent virtual numbers:
- Log in to the Sinch Customer Dashboard.
- Select Numbers from the left menu and select the Get virtual numbers option. The Get virtual numbers page is displayed:
Fill in the required information, and click SEARCH. If you don't want to specify anything about the number, choose your country and click SEARCH.
- A list of available numbers to buy are displayed:
Click GET NUMBER to purchase the number.
Note: You need to ensure you have sufficient funds to purchase the number and pay any associated setup fees.
You can configure your number with an SMS, Voice or Campaign ID (only for 10DLC numbers) when you activate the number. Learn more about 10DLC Numbers.
When you get a virtual number, supporting documentation may be required and will need to be submitted before the transaction can be completed. If this is the case a message will be displayed at the bottom of your form (in an orange box). Learn more about supporting documentation.
Click here to learn more about how you can get access to a complete range of carefully-tested phone numbers, to use with all your communication services from Sinch.