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Short code support

Nick
suggested this on April 26, 2011 08:35 AM

Any updates on short code support?  Qik apparently uses a short code for their new service, so it can't currently be used with a TextFree number.

 

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Fiyer357
Short code support would be nice.
November 28, 2012 08:36 PM
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Jennifer Free
Please add short code. For those in the military stationed overseas, textfree allows us to have a US number, and short code would be soooo helpful.
October 12, 2012 02:47 AM
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Nancy Berardinelli

**Please make this additional urgent feature a priority. It's extremely necessary for various most commonly used social websites/emails to have a text phone number to send short code texts to in order to confirm identities on user accounts. Sometimes/Often, they will not give the option of email or telephone confirmation & a user account is left disabled (i.e. Facebook). This is a huge inconvenience/issue. Please listen to your users & you'll definitely get a higher rating on the updated app. If it's not too hard & it's realistic, please make your Textfree phone #'s receive short codes. Thanks 4 your consideration.**

October 03, 2012 12:23 AM
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Jose Talamantes
You meat pinger u mesy
September 29, 2012 04:08 PM
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Jose Talamantes
How do you get pinger
September 29, 2012 04:07 PM
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Alex Fielding
Ook?! While it would maybe be nice to have , I just don't see how neccessary it is to have on this app ( at least for me anyways). I DON'T mean to start up an argument , BUT i just find some of the comments silly. Ok, I get now that Facebook RELIES on these codes heavily . While I'm sure that may be true, I bet you could JUST as easily get email updates too. OR even use iMessage to receive them also. I mean are you REALY going to stop using the app , because of no short code support?!
September 26, 2012 04:41 PM
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Nancy Berardinelli

Please text your users once this update has been made

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September 16, 2012 01:03 AM
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Nancy Berardinelli

Just add it, it's a no-brainer!!

September 16, 2012 01:00 AM
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Nancy Berardinelli
  • it has been very frustrating/inconvenient that your app can't text to short codes in addition to mobile text numbers. It's a big deal that Facebook uses short codes to send them texts. They require a mobile number that can receive texts to send a code to to verify accounts for reactivation after being locked out. I can't receive their verification code text to reactivate my account. And my mobile doesn't have text. It is absolutely necessary/important/long overdue that you update your app to send/receive texts from major widely used email providers/social networks, other major web services who use short codes for important interaction with their users, often to change log in info or verify an account that's been disabled. This affects a large number of users & there's currently no other option for those who don't have text with their mobile provider. Please add this feature ASAP. It is a must if you want more people to download/be happy with using your app. Many important texts cannot be performed, often resulting in loss of access to important services used on a daily basis. And it should be included as a free update to your existing features.
September 16, 2012 12:57 AM
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Ponyboy Curtis
Not all short codes cost additional money. If you do not want to support premium-rate short codes, please just allow Facebook shortcode texts to come through or allow texts from these numbers but dont allow to send. I don't have texting on my phone, but I have textfree. It saves me money on text messages. I'd like to receive texts from facebook but dont care about sending. Thanks.
July 22, 2012 11:11 AM
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watex tools

i would pay for the short codes at a reasonable price..... these days short codes are used a lot. Please add this feature soon.

June 28, 2012 03:19 PM
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Rbgk5

I would not want to pay for the codes. My advice is that we create a seperate app for this so it can stay free.

June 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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Anna Nuckolls
Lots of places use short codes. Voting for any tv show. Advertisers,etc
May 16, 2012 05:48 PM
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jaleeshiabrown

help me get this

May 03, 2012 07:20 AM
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Mario Mojica
Please add shorth codes
April 29, 2012 10:03 AM
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ssandress

Any news regarding short code support?

April 20, 2012 04:41 PM
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Megan Elizabeth Luchau

I would SOOOOO be willing to pay for it!!!!!!!! Although, I probably wouldn't be able to.... *sad face*

March 17, 2012 06:29 PM
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Annoyed One
Yes, I would like to see TextFree support short codes. No, I would not pay extra. Someone else will come along and offer an ad-supported version. Thanks for your service.
February 28, 2012 04:42 AM
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Ernest Bradson

can't get my number

January 24, 2012 05:00 AM
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Amanda Lingley

Please add shortcode support.  I'd be willing to pay.  It's the only thing that would keep me hooked to att's 20 cent per message charge...

January 21, 2012 11:10 AM
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Donald Rogers

Bank of America also uses short codes for text banking.  They also have an alert service that can not find textfree phone numbers to send the messages to, I will use the textfree email address, but the message is then like an email and very, very long for reading in textfree.

November 13, 2011 04:39 PM
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fantastic
XMPP will destroy SMS (that's texting) as people like yourself are introduced to it . . Especially as SMS can be added as a gateway to an XMPP server! . . XMPP is faster . XMPP is actually-free : zero ads . XMPP does NOT require software, no app to install . XMPP can be used without client via the interweb, or with ANY client you choose (again ZERO ads) . any XMPP domain can communicate with any other XMPP domain . XMPP can convey text messages, chat (MUC), video chat, voice chat (SIP phone calls) . XMPP initiated SIP phone calls can allow communication with ashbackward skypetards, or anyone else using SIP, VoIP, pstn .. talk to facetards via xmpp, too, without having a facetted account, or simply use email . . public XMPP servers are easy to find. Get your JID (Jabber ID, aka XMPP account) now and ditch SMS (texting) . . texting is so nineties... let it die, luddites! . . XMPP XMPP XMPP
November 12, 2011 11:06 PM
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Joseph2783

it should be 

November 02, 2011 01:06 PM
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Bbsharpshooter 5

Then why not create another app based off the current textfree format, just for short codes? Or perhaps require that minutes be used to text short codes as compensation to the texting of short codes.

November 01, 2011 04:55 PM
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Niklev2000
I agree with tas A, I think we need short code for texting, otherwise we might all just switch to AT&T unlimited texting and calling to short codes and other stuff, if we did that pinger would go out of business with pinger so you guys should add short
October 29, 2011 06:43 PM
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RAchel

And no i do not want to pay at all.. Once they say it costs to text, thats the end of this app, im gonna have to use textplus instead.

October 28, 2011 03:39 PM
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RAchel

i want to text chacha sometimes....but i can't..I've never had a phone and this is what i use instead of a phonee. I want to text chacha please

October 28, 2011 03:36 PM
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Ronnie Collins

I too would like to have the ability to text to short codes.

October 27, 2011 08:04 AM
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Charles Harlich
Oh, I mean Google calendar....
October 21, 2011 10:14 AM
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Patricio Ny

@Charles Harlic  Gmail hast it? what do you mean, I have a Google voice accent

October 21, 2011 10:12 AM
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Charles Harlich
Please add short codes....,,Gmail has it ;)
October 21, 2011 10:09 AM
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Cake Lady

Please add short code support so that I can receive text messages on Textfree from my child's school.  The are using txtwire (short code 91011) to send text notifications from the school.  

Thanks,

Cake Lady

October 02, 2011 02:43 PM
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Psxfssbsupport

Please add this ability!!~~~

October 01, 2011 06:19 PM
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Curt Wilson

i also just found out that a txt message FROM a short code provider will NOT show up in my received text messages using your service.  i hope you guys can figure out how to get acceptance to SEND and RECEIVE messages from short code providers....

September 23, 2011 02:22 PM
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Curt Wilson

this is curt wilson from facebook and first thanks for responding to my short code ?.  the companies that purchase the short codes pay over $10k upfront and not sure how much every year after but after the purchase this short code is given to all cell phone providers for free and each provider sets it up in their network.  i would think and hope that you guys could get on this list because short codes are getting very popular and will continue to grow substantially over the next few years.  if you are unable to receive these short codes for free it would be quite costly because there are probably thousands already and thousands more coming.  i would definitely pay to receive these short codes and would be unable to use your wonderful service if you dont get access to these codes.  thanks!

September 23, 2011 02:10 PM
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Cierena C.
Sorry, I got cut off earlier... ...about it. The only sites I've run into for free has to be Facebook and YouTube for which I have never paid a single dime to. And don't you guys get paid for ads already from the vendors where you don't really have to charge for an ad-free app? I'm just saying the name should have been changed a long time ago, you know?
September 20, 2011 04:33 PM
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Cierena C.
I have to respond to PingerMar's Sept-20 2011 12:55 pm comment. But first, thank you for responding! BTW I am not a user of short codes, I may have used it about 10 times since texting but for some reason this subject drew my attention...Ok, I just discovered Trxtfree today and signed up for it thinking it was actually free but I ended up buying more minutes to add to my free 10 minutes. Now let's be honest here, how many Textfree users here have actually paid nothing at all to text or call using Textfree?BTW, this includes paying another affiliate company for their services through Textfree. I am very new here and maybe I can make calls and text for free here, but realistically and reasonably how many Textfreers have been able to take advantage? Therefore, it upset me a bit when PingerMars said their app name would have to be changed and I am guessing the word "free" would be omitted because to me, free means absolutely free and there are no if's, and's, or buts
September 20, 2011 04:27 PM
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Patricio Ny

I agree with @Tas A

 

We want short codes just to use it with some of the basic apps, now people say they will be willing to pay, then why don't you get for example  AT&T unlimited texting that is $20 a month?, I don't see why pinger have to work on it if you want to pay for something that is already out there.

Now, aren't we all here because at first we wanted to txt for free?

and Pinger you guys made money for the adds on the app right? adding short code txt to the app would get more people to install the app on their phones  and as we all know we don't care about the iAdds :) 

September 20, 2011 03:34 PM
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Tas A

@PingerMars
Well, basically what most of us are saying is that we should be able to use short codes for things that are free. For example, twitter and facebook but when it comes to things such as voting on american idol or something else, we could be given the option to either pay or not use short codes for that reason. Most of us want short codes so we could get notified when someone tweets or get notifications on facebook. I would say a majority of us want only these two sites to be used for short codes.

September 20, 2011 02:29 PM
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Jaash2000

I would totally be willing to pay. Has to be cheaper than the $30 for unlimited texting my phone provider wants to charge.

September 20, 2011 01:05 PM
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PingerTara
Pinger

Hi everyone,

Often, texting to short codes costs you a premium (more than a normal text). If we were to incorporate the ability to text to short codes into the app, we would probably have to charge you for it.

Is this something you'd be willing to pay for?
Would you be ok with a name change to our app? (Well, it couldn't be "Textfree" if it isn't free anymore, could it?)

Feel free to respond! :) 

September 20, 2011 12:55 PM
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Cierena C.
Do you guys at Pinger have a valid reason or reasons for not adding short code? Such as: it would make Pinger liable for something somehow in some way, dishonest people like crooks can take advantage in some way for malicious gain through fraudulent acts by using short codes, or it would be too expensive and the text/calls would no longer be "free" or inexpensive anyways because the whole program would have to be completely recoded/remade because there is no way to change things because of how the app was designed in the first place. These are just a few ideas...some times I think communication is everything and Pinger should communicate why they won't or can't support short codes or if they can sometime in the near future or later...at least let your loyal patrons know about it. I'm just commenting here so please don't get mad...for me, if I were in charge I'd say go for it and do it especially if it increases your income on your financial statement; and it sounds like short coding is very popular and would be used quite a bit so I don't think it would hurt you guys at Pinger financially in the long run...Unless, of course there is a valid reason or reasons you won't add short codes...I personally would love to know. Thanks for reading my comment, something I usually don't do but felt compelled to do today.
September 20, 2011 11:53 AM
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Jaash2000

i was going to use it for papa johns for free pizza. no dice (or pizza as it may be) but I said, 'whatever, it's free". Now we signed up to do a treasure hunt and the same thing. I would even pay a little for this feature!!! It's the new wave. Come on, please???

September 19, 2011 01:45 PM
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Jaash2000

i would pay to have short code messages

September 19, 2011 01:42 PM
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Emma Salaya

please  add short code!!!!!!!! I want to text chacha soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!!!!

September 17, 2011 07:03 AM
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Rooksdajuan

yea

September 04, 2011 10:36 PM
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Patricio Ny

Please add short code support pls pls pls

August 30, 2011 05:27 PM
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Jonathan stone

well i need short code support now and when i say now i mean now

August 24, 2011 07:01 AM
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Aaron Hill

Please add short code support. It would really improve Pinger Textfree!

August 23, 2011 06:17 AM
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Michael D. Brubaker

when will short code txting be avalable with textfree? :/

August 13, 2011 07:52 AM
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Tas A
Please do reconsider the short codes on this app! it would truly be appreciated and I would have an excuse to use the app more often. so many people are requesting it and it would be great!
August 07, 2011 09:58 PM
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Emmy tang
I need shot code for facebook! Is it available by any chance?
July 28, 2011 07:09 AM
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Smiley 1417

You guys really! need to get cuz I want it so bad for Twitter and Facebook! and other things!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

 

 

July 27, 2011 01:36 PM
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Vidael
Yes! For Android also!
July 21, 2011 11:49 AM
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Kyle
Please! Please! Please! Add this! I would love you guys forever!
July 08, 2011 07:49 PM
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Shawn M

Add me to the list of people wanting this feature!!

July 07, 2011 11:07 PM
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Rebeca

Please do consider adding this. The main two short codes I'd like to see supported are the ones from Twitter and Facebook, but it'd be even more useful if short codes in general were supported.

July 01, 2011 10:43 AM
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Chris Meyer

Just thought of another RADIO STATIONS use short codes in their promotions almost always.

June 30, 2011 08:34 PM
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Chris Meyer

Please add this. There are countless things I've been shut out from because of lack of short code support. I have no text messaging service on my cell phone. FACEBOOK VERIFICATION is a biggie, and I can't recall what others offhand. Oh, entering a sweekstakes once also, I was barred from due to this limitation.

June 30, 2011 08:32 PM
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Samuel

Adding another reason for shortcode support that I ran into today. It seems Amazon order updates are shortcode based, so I can't receive update notifications on package shipments.

June 29, 2011 08:46 PM
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L.J.

I recently sent in a request for short code. Another important use for shortcode is ChaCha I cant text ChaCha a question and get an answer back because its shortcode and the number "is not recognized". PLEASE add shortcode so I can text to ChaCha.

June 28, 2011 04:20 PM
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Maddiebro500
U GUYS DEFINITLEY NEED TO ADD IT!!! there's so many things that need short codes ADD IT!!!
June 28, 2011 11:45 AM
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Samuel

Of course any sane person would use native apps for keeping up with facebook and the like. But I have come across a few situations where I need to send/receive messages to/from a short code. For instance: verifying a twitter or facebook account. Receiving a push notification for when a specific twitter account posts a tweet. Many charities receive donations via short code text. Services such as ChaCha operate on short code. And although I have never wanted to do so I believe American Idol and the like receive votes via short code.


June 20, 2011 07:59 PM
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PingerTara
Pinger

Hey everyone! I moved this post to our "User Feedback" forum so our Product Managers can see how much interest you guys have in short code! :)

June 14, 2011 09:02 AM
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Smiley 1417
We really should get short-code support for textfree! It'd be awesome! I mean I really want it for fb! So I can get my notifications from fb to my number. And so I can update status' from textfree! Cuz fb uses a short code. I would love and I'm sure lots and lots of other would too. So I think you should get it! Kay thanks bye(:
June 13, 2011 07:30 AM
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Glaucon Kurtz

Yeah, the app is basically unusable without short code. If I can't get facebook updates, or information from my dentist I'm totally lost in this world. It's not like Twitter and Facebook have applications for your device that you can use instead, and hell, Wells Fargo probably doesn't have a convenient application that you can use on your device either. Just kidding, it's right here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wells-fargo-mobile/id311548709?mt=8

And hey, if you like sports, forget about shortcode updates, cause who would want to use an app by that little known broadcast network ESPN?

 

Seriously Pinger, what the hell, making life so hard.

June 10, 2011 12:45 PM
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Clifford Snow

Facebook is now offering to text you, but a short code of 

June 05, 2011 02:56 PM
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John kendall

We discovered two other services that we use that require short codes.  The first is our bank, Wells Fargo (93557) to get balances and activity and the second is our dentist (42947).

Thanks for looking into this!

jck

May 10, 2011 05:41 AM
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PingerTara
Pinger

Thanks for your help! I'll pass this tidbit of info on to our product managers.

May 09, 2011 04:46 PM
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John kendall

I've only tried setting up twitter so far.  It requires you to send a text to 40404 to verify your mobile number.  There may be others that won't work.  Only one I can think of is maybe delta air lines flight notification

May 09, 2011 04:37 PM
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PingerTara
Pinger

Hey John - we're looking into it, but we'd like to evaluate it more. Can you tell us what services you use that utilize short code?

May 09, 2011 04:11 PM
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John kendall

Please add this ability ASAP.

 

Thanks,

jck

May 09, 2011 04:04 PM
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PingerTara
Pinger

Sorry, but sending messages to a short code from Textfree is currently not available.

 

April 28, 2011 12:07 PM
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