Hi I gather from a few other posts that these are not possible at the moment!
I found this in some information blurb from SMARTY -
" At some point you'll be able to send other kinds of messages which will be chargeable. This will include premium-rate texts and short-codes, which are used for entering competitions, buying ringtones and voting on reality TV shows, and paying for parking."
As other people say they don't indicate when this will be available! I agree with the others that it should be no problem with a decent quality service!
I too, like some other people may well be switching to another provider which doesn't have this problem!
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While I understand your frustration with this issue, I believe that many customers choose smarty primarily for value. For that reason, it may be that there is a bit of a lag in some developments.
It occurs to me that, in order to send many short code texts, the customer will need credit on their account to pay for it. I wonder if this could be an issue. Where a network sends out monthly bills (rather than prepaid plan being purchased), it may be easier to claim the cost of such usage?
You use a short code, free sms to locate buses from a specific bus stop and to contact Transport Police on the trains. Smarty have made it possible to buy out of plan add ons, so making it possible to use them should be a priority
I have - they have to link it to my mobile number and that's the only way currently to access my medical text service. Will need to look at another provider as this happens with my regular blood bookings also. This is a free text service with no charges so frustrating that these are blocked.
It's interesting that the NHS and GP practices are certainly able to send out texts to mobiles and it only requires patients to opt in beforehand.
I regularly receive texts from them and also from a pharmacy and I never need to opt in to their short code number.
This organisation will surely find the same problem with a number of their customers/users/patients so I wonder if it is perhaps worth discussing with them an alternative way of opting into their service.
Any news on this, George ?
Since I joined Smarty on June 2nd this year (2023) it’s been great, I hope I have been a decent contributor to this forum, but I may have to sadly switch to another network simply because Smarty does not allow its users to use short codes.
In the little over three months since I have been with Smarty, I have received, and been expected to reply to, short codes from my water company, doctors surgery and now my bank. All of which of course I cannot currently reply to using Smarty. I emailed my water company, but as you can imagine, ringing my GP surgery and bank was a massive user of time, “You are number 19 in the queue” etc when a simple 5 second text message would have got the job done….
Do I want to leave Smarty ? Heck no, I don’t, but Smarty really needs to get its backside in gear re short code texts, which seem to be increasing in their use by various organisations. If Smarty doesn’t rectify this issue very quickly, they will be responsible for eroding their own customer base, which would be a crazy state of affairs.
@JJP2 I do wholeheartedly agree with you here.
Although I do not seem to be personally affected as my utilities and GP/Hospital don't seem to use short code texts requiring a reply - YET!, I can see that it is a massive inconvenience for many people.
It's not as if we have had any explanation as to why it cannot be done.
Hi @MSF I presume, but don’t know for sure, that Three, Smarty’s parent company, allows short code texts. That being the case, it’s not as if Smarty would need to deploy a systems change, software upgrade, etc.
I really don’t want to switch networks, but circumstances beyond my control may sadly force my hand into making a switch.
Three do support shortcodes (including where there could be a charge for them - they just get added to your billing in a separate section).
@JJP2 @MSF are there many other MVNOs that support this service? I recall that iD Mobile had/has the option to switch on 'premium' within the account settings if that's what you want to do, to enable use of these services.
I just requested my PAC code from Smarty,
I received the PAC from 60575, the usual PAC code number and another message, from another short code !
So, Smarty as a company sends shortcode messages to its users, but us users can’t use shortcodes to communicate with other companies 🧐
Hey @JJP2 @MSF Yeah this does sound ludicrous! Personally, I've not had to use any kind of shortcodes (YET!) but I am anticipating it to be painful when the time comes, if its not supported by then - more having to work around this by calling etc
I'm assuming the same thing happens when you text "INFO" to 65075?
Judging by the number of posts here and how long this thread has become, I can only hope that someone from Smarty HQ is reading this and thinking, "hang on a minute seems like a really important feature to our user base .. why don't we actually start making an effort to implement it"! Give the people the shortcodes!! They want it now!
Yes @jassingh the same thing happens when you text ‘INFO’ to 85075.
It is time consuming having to ring doctors and banks rather than a simple very quick text reply to a shortcode. On hearing the reason why I am ringing rather than replying to a text, I have been told / asked “Maybe you should think about switching mobile networks ?”
@JJP2 totally agree. I believe that users with accessibility needs can make use of a call/text relay system, which relies on use of shortcodes. In being curious to see whether Smarty supports these, I checked out the price guide and it mentions:
Text relay calls to international numbers (via the shortcode 18001) will have a 25% discount to the rates above.
Unless a prefix doesn't count technically as a shortcode? 🤔
Hi All frustrated Users! I can't believe that this is still dragging on, and that Smarty are, as far as I am aware, the only provider who don't have Short code messaging as a basic part of their plan!
I first asked about this 7 Months ago, and there has been so many people asking for this to be sorted out, it's unbelievable!
Come on Smarty - This just can't be Rocket Science - Please get this sorted out ASAP!
I have an urgent text from my bank (60303) which I must respond to. It’s a free number. Naturally after a bit of googling I've discovered this thread and I’m pretty shocked you don’t allow this feature.
It’s essential to be able to text these numbers as often they’re important fraud checks or healthcare related.
Please can you advise when the problem will be rectified?
Please can you make sure this issue is highlighted to new customers before sign-up, as you could indirectly cause people financial hardship (couldn’t approve a bill payment) or a risk to a persons health (couldn’t accept a GP appointment).
I look forward to an appropriate response in a reasonable time frame. It would be a shame to involve ASA/regulators, but I’m concerned you’re missing the point on just how vital this facility is.
Hi @BrianMcBriany the inability to text short codes isn't so much a 'problem' as it is just being a feature we haven't yet introduced to our service! However, we are aware of the demand for this and are actively looking into it so hopefully it will become available in the near future.
With regard to making customers aware before sign-up - I do understand where you are coming from with this and appreciate your feedback so will be sure to get it passed on to the relevant team for review.
In the mean time, companies and services will usually have an alternative contact method you can use instead of the short code.
Thanks but I still feel you’re downplaying the significance here.
Have you tried to ring your GP surgery lately? Sometimes texts are the only way to communicate with essential service providers. If this isn’t yet considered a basic and fundamental right of communication by the regulators, I’m pretty certain it soon will be.