Recently, after a great number of social networks and the need to have multiple accounts had appeared, it has become necessary to use virtual numbers.
Such numbers are required for registration on services and social networks for the purposes of advertising, doing business, and anonymity.
For several years already, our website has been developing in this direction, and at the present moment it has the greatest coverage of services and the most extensive database of numbers.
SMS message reception is performed in the website section with the same name (Figure 1):
The “SMS Message Reception” section is extensive, and comprises several operations provided by our website.
Let’s explore all the options located on the left-hand side in the section: these options are intended for selection of the desired service, settings, and forwarding.
When starting working with message activation, the user first of all selects the desired service from Popular Services (Figure 2) (or in the All Services section) where the most frequently used services are located.
After a certain period of time, when the user’s history counts some quantity of purchased numbers, only the most frequently used services will be displayed, and the other ones will be hidden (Figure 3). This procedure increases the speed and convenience of the client’s work.
Working with all the services in the Popular Services section is the same, with the only exception of the “Other Websites” (Figure 3).
It is necessary to understand the difference between the “Other Websites” and the “All Services” section which is located below the Popular Services and provides the user with the possibility to enter the service themselves (the precise name of the sender which the SMS message will be received from).
That is, if the user has not found the required service among the popular ones and does not know the sender’s name, they have to select “Other Websites”, and if they did not find the required service among the “Popular” ones but know the sender’s precise name, they should select “All Services” (Figure 4).
It has to be noted that after a single reception of a SMS message from any service via the “Other Websites” the service will be added to “All Services”.
Example. The user needs to receive a message from MegaFon but he doesn’t know the service’s precise naming, in this case he should first receive a message from MegaFon via the “Other Websites” section. After a single reception, the already known service MegaFon will be added to the user’s “All Services” option. Next time, the service should be purchased from All Services already.
Irrespective of whether or not the user purchases the number from the “Popular” section or adds it to “All Services”, the number is provided for 20 minutes, and the price (e.g., 4 RUR for MailRu) is indicated exactly for provision of the number for 20 minutes and not for each separate message received from that service within that time. That is, the user has the possibility to receive an unlimited quantity of SMS messages within that period of time at the fixed reception price.
Example. If the number is purchased for Mail, and 5 messages from Mail are received within 20 minutes, the payment will be made only once: 4 RUR.
The only exception is the “Other Websites” option. If you have purchased message reception in the “Other Websites” section and receive several messages within 20 minutes from one service, you will pay for it as for one operation, and if the messages are received from different services, the payment will be made separately for each service.
he availability of numbers is determined by the color background below each name, which is displayed when the user hovers the cursor over the service:
- Green: there are enough available numbers
- Yellow: the quantity of available numbers is decreasing rapidly
- Red: there are almost no available numbers left
If the price grays out, it means that we are temporarily out of numbers for this service and this reception mode (we’ll talk about the modes below)
The user is provided with a choice between two reception modes: the blue button is for online reception, and the green button is for delayed reception .
Online reception. In this mode, the number is issued at once, and is ready too receive messages within 20 minutes.
Delayed reception. In this mode of reception, numbers are issued which have already worked previously, but the service requested by the user hasn’t been used on them. In such a case, the number may be issued immediately or within 10 minutes. After issue, it will receive messages within 20 minutes as well.
If the user needs numbers for long-term use and for the SMS Repetition option, they need to read about the Renewal option which allows for using the number for such a period of time which the user needs.
It has to be noted that sometimes SMS messages fail to arrive (there can be many causes of that: service errors, the operator’s unstable operation, a defective SIM card, a program failure), therefore the account will be debited only for those SMS messages which have arrived.
Sometimes, when buying a great quantity of numbers, the user forgets that the status of their balance is Frozen (Figure 5) if a number had been purchased but no message has been received to it yet. If the message arrives, the money will be debited, and if it doesn’t, the amount will not be debited and the balance will be unfrozen.
Figure 5 demonstrates an example of freezing 5 RUR when a number is purchased for Facebook. If the message arrives, the balance will become equal to 38 RUR, and if it doesn’t, the balance will remain equal to 43 RUR and the 5 RUR will be unfrozen.
Example. With the balance equal to 43 RUR (Figure 5), the user has a possibility to purchase 8 numbers for Facebook. If it is done simultaneously, the amount will remain equal to 43 RUR, but 40 RUR will be frozen, therefore it will not be possible to purchase a 9th number.
Next go "Settings" (Figure 6), which enable the user to select the right operator and the option to set the option " Extension ".
Next, there come the Settings (Figure 6) which allow the user to select the desired operator and to enable the Renewal option.
Different operators are required for the purpose of circumventing the protection of some services which prohibit mass registration and figure it out by the “masks” (similar consecutive numbers and operators). By way of changing the operator, the user can circumvent this protection of the service.
You can read more about the “Number Renewal” function in the eponymous article.
Cordially yours, Onlinesim.