VLN (Virtual Long Number)
A Virtual Long Number (VLN) is a common mobile number given by mobile operators, made of 12 digits (eg. 442312345678).
VLN work not only on a state level but also world wide and in roaming, unlike Short Code numbers. VLN authorises businesses and institutions to make SMS inerconnections with end users over the SMS channel.
VLN’s are regarded both less costly and time consuming in their setup comparing to Short Codes but alas do not enable premium messaging services. More expensive rates may apply when sending SMS messages outside the country to the virtual long number. When used nationally, the national SMS rates apply.
Messages that are transfererd to a virtual long number can be accepted by various types of applications and can serve as triggers for any future user activities.