With ipipi, your friends,
family, or business partners can send you SMS messages,
even if you don't own a mobile phone. You and your friends
can also save money by using ipipi for your international
How does it work?
Your friends send SMS messages
to our service, and we'll send it to you, either by email
or to your phone. Since your
friends can send to a gateway
number close to them, they can save money on
How do you receive
SMS from your friends?
Receiving SMS is a two step
- The first step happens within
the network your friend is using. In order for you to
receive messages your friend's wireless operator must
be able to deliver messages to at least one of our SMS
gateway numbers. Sometimes, your friends may not be
able to send messages to our gateways
at all (for example, this happens when their wireless
service plan does not include international SMS
messaging). This is sometimes the case with prepaid accounts.
In this case your friend must contact his wireless operator
and ensure that he can send SMS to one of our gateways.
- The second step occurs when
we receive the message. As soon as it is received our
service authenticates is and if all is OK it will direct
it to your Inbox or forward it someplace else (as per
your forwarding rules). Please note that at least one
of the conditions below must be true for an incoming message
to be directed to your account:
- You must have sent a message to this
number in the last 7 days, or
- You must have registered
your friend's number with your account, or
- Your friend must have used your
Your friends can either directly
reply to SMS messages you
send to them, or can originate SMS messages on their own.
In some cases, direct
reply does not work. If you experience this,
please ask your friends to type a new message (not reply
to your message) and send it to one of the gateways.
For business clients, we also
offer dedicated virtual
SMS numbers for volume incoming messaging.