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Sending SMS from the Reply app

Learn how to use SMS on Reply to quickly notify your contacts of important events

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Written by Reply Team
Updated over a week ago

Reply provides its users with the ability to send SMS messages. To ensure compliance with recent U.S. telecom regulatory updates, it is mandatory for users to register for A2P 10DLC. This registration process is crucial for maintaining SMS messaging capabilities in line with industry standards and avoiding potential blocking of messages. For more details on the A2P 10DLC registration process and how to complete it in Reply, please follow this link.

To start sending SMS, make sure that the Cloud Calls feature is enabled in your Reply account and that you have rented a phone number in the Calls section in Settings. There should also be a valid phone number in the contact profile. Before allowing Reply users to send SMS to their contacts, we have to collect proof of Opt-In form for SMS on your website. This form should contain the following information:
1. Program name and/or a description of the messages that will be sent

2. Organization or individual being represented in the initial message

3. Fee disclosure ("Message and data rates may apply")

4. Service delivery frequency or recurring messages disclosure ("4 messages per month", "Message frequency varies", "1 message per login", etc)

5. Customer care information (typically "Text HELP for help" or Help at XXX-XXX-XXXX) - not required for single message programs (i.e 2FA)

6. Opt out instructions (typically "Text STOP to cancel") - not required for single message programs (i.e 2FA)

7. Link to Privacy Policy describing how end user opt-in information will be used

8. Link to Terms and Conditions describing terms of service

To send an SMS message on Reply:

  1. Open a contact profile sidebar

  2. Choose the Send an SMS icon from the available sidebar actions

  3. The pop-up window appears where you can start typing your SMS message (you can also apply one of the Reply's templates using the Template icon at the bottom of the pop-up):

Please note: if your team account has several SMS-enabled phone numbers, you can select any of them from the drop-down to be the sender number.

4. Once your text is ready, click the Send button. If your SMS is sent successfully, a green notification banner appears at the top of your screen. The system also saves the event to the contact's activity log.

NOTE: once you receive an SMS from your contact, a new notification appears in the Notification Center. You can click on the SMS or contact name, Reply will redirect you to the Inbox page, from where you can access the thread.

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