Prerequisites

In order to use the SMS API , you need the following.

Setup your server (NGROK in this example)

In this example, we are going to use a service called NGROK. Head over to ngrok.com and sign-up for a free account and follow the installation instructions.

Initiating your server

If you are using NGROK you will eventually end up at a page similar to the one below. Follow steps an itiate the server (see the box in red).

Copy the live URL

Your server will now start and you can copy the link highlight in red and insert this into the dashboard.

Setting up a listening server on your account

Receiving an SMS is done with a simple POST request to the sms_url attached to your virtual phone number. You can see this in your dashboard. You are now ready to initiate the listening script

Run your receive SMS code

You can now run the code below and try sending an SMS to your 46elks number, if all goes well you will receive the reply as you have defined it in your code.

from bottle import request, post, run
import json

@post('/sms')
def sms():
  print("You have received an SMS")
  return {
    "reply": "Thanks for your message."}

run(host='0.0.0.0', port=5501)

For full details, see the API reference.

Pricing

We bill you (and are billed ourselves by the operators) per SMS part sent. Messages that don't fit in a single part will be split up into several parts and you'll be billed for each part. Our engineers have written a comprehensive Knowledge Base article that covers all the details, but a good rule of thumb is:

This is just a rough estimate โ€” the actual number of characters that fit may be more or less than that (it's an encoding thing). Again, be sure to read the Knowledge Base article if this is important to you or get in touch.

Up-to-date prices can be found on our pricing page. We offer volume discounts to customers that send more than 50 000 SMS / month.

Coverage

You can use 46elks to send SMS to almost anywhere in the world. The flags below represent all 219 countries and provinces we currently have coverage in. Our numbers team is really good so don't hesitate to reach out to support if you have special needs โ€” if there's a telco out there, they'll find a way to reach it.

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Throughput

Default maximum throughput is 100 SMS per minute per account. Additional messages will be queued and sent in-order. Contact support if you require additional throughput.

More info

Get in touch with our support and we'll help you out.