What is Flash SMS?
Flash SMS is a type of text message that appears directly on the main screen of a mobile phone without user interaction and is not automatically stored in the inbox. It is typically used by mobile operators for a variety of services such as sending promotional messages, notifications, or warnings.
Flash SMS is a value-added service (VAS) attributed to standard SMS delivery. The main goal of using Flash SMS is to immediately catch the receiver’s attention.
Flash SMS messages are usually sent from a shortcode or alphanumeric sender ID, which makes it easier for the recipient to identify the sender. The message will usually appear on the home screen of the recipient’s device for a short amount of time before automatically disappearing. It is not stored in the recipient’s inbox and is not accessible through any other applications. Flash SMS messages are usually limited to 160 characters, although some operators may allow longer messages.
How does it work?
Flash SMS messages are sent using the same protocol as regular SMS messages. However, they are sent using a special code that tells the recipient’s device to display the message on the home screen without user interaction. The message will then automatically disappear after a set amount of time. Once the message has been displayed, it is not stored in the recipient’s inbox and is not accessible through any other applications.
What is it used for?
Flash SMS messages can be used for a variety of purposes by mobile operators, such as sending promotional messages, notifications, or warnings. It can also be used to convey sensitive information, such as one-time passwords or PIN codes. Flash SMS messages are considered to be more secure than regular SMS messages because they are not stored in the recipient’s inbox.
Can anyone send Flash SMS?
No. Flash SMS can only be sent via an omnichannel communications provider. It can’t be sent from one person to another as you would with standard SMS messages.