Premium SMS services allow for information providers to charge consumers for receiving text messages on their cell phones. This convenient billing mechanism adds the premium charges to the consumer’s cell phone bill.
In Canada, all premium SMS programs must be run on a dedicated short code. There are no shared short codes.
Participating Carriers: Microcell, Rogers, Bell Mobility, Virgin, Telus, MTS, Sasktel, Videotron
Tariffs Available: $0.25, .50, .75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00
Out-Payments: On average, the carriers take 45% of the revenue off the top. After carrier take, revenue is split 70% to you and 30% to ATS.
Initial Investment: $1950
Monthly: $250 (+ short code leasing to carriers: $500/month for first 3 months, $350 monthly after)
ATS Mobile is one of the few companies in the country that can offer the rare combination of both premium SMS services for cell phones and 900 numbers and automated IVR credit card billing. If you are running a promotion where you are charging consumers, then the best way to do it is by using as many billing options as possible.
Premium SMS services have been discontinued in the United States. See here for more information.