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Need service that can send out SMSs that show my main, verified Caller ID

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  • Nov 20th, 2018 2:09 pm
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Need service that can send out SMSs that show my main, verified Caller ID

I have a data only plan and ported my number to Fongo. Phone calls are thus taken care of, but outgoing SMSs are not. I did not purchase Fongo's SMS packages because I use WhatsApp for almost all messaging. Once in a blue moon though, I need to send out an SMS that has to appear as coming from my phone number (currently with Fongo). It should not show up as coming from Unknown or random numbers.
So far, I tried:
1) Rebvoice (Betamax) where I was able to verify my (Fongo) number but the messages I send appear as being sent from random numbers. Their Service can't fix that. Interestingly enough, my outgoing phone calls DO show my correct Caller ID.
2) Voico, where I cannot verify my phone number (Fongo probably blocks the incoming SMS) and the subsequent verification phone call errors out every time.

TLDR, I need a free/cheap messaging service that can send out SMSs that show my real Caller ID. Suggestions?
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I need a free/cheap messaging service that can send out SMSs that show my real Caller ID. Suggestions?
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I don't think there anything out there, and even if it was...it would be borderline illegal (sms spoofing?)
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EPcjay wrote:
Nov 14th, 2018 9:51 am
I don't think there anything out there, and even if it was...it would be borderline illegal (sms spoofing?)
I don't think it would be, since I own and control my number. I always have to verify my number first by receiving an SMS or Voice call, that's how it works for a zillion other things. Closer to home, that's how my outgoing international phone calls show my proper Caller ID when using Rebvoice ( and many other Betamax VOIP services ).
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Caller ID spoofing has been a thing for YEARS with calls. I don't recall ever seeing it for SMS though.
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wearysky wrote:
Nov 15th, 2018 3:14 pm
Caller ID spoofing has been a thing for YEARS with calls. I don't recall ever seeing it for SMS though.
Strange! So most VOIP services are able to spoof a Caller ID for phone calls but they can't do the same for an SMS ?!?
Does everyone agree that this is indeed the case? Thx!
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if is "Once in a blue moon though" , then just buy discounted Apple card
and buy fongo txt plan when you need to use it.
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Cheap you say? Sounds simplistic, but just purchase the sms add-on from fongo
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Emerson717 wrote:
Nov 16th, 2018 12:48 am
Strange! So most VOIP services are able to spoof a Caller ID for phone calls but they can't do the same for an SMS ?!?
Does everyone agree that this is indeed the case? Thx!
I'm not 100% sure, but I believe caller ID spoofing is easier to do because the older technology that it's based on doesn't have the capability to prevent it. SMS spoofing is *possible*, but is harder to do,
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Can Twilio do this?
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WorldIRC wrote:
Nov 16th, 2018 5:19 pm
Can Twilio do this?
From a quick googling, it appears not. On this page there's this specific note:
Note: You can not spoof messages from your own cell phone number. The From parameter can only display a Twilio number on your project, or an Alphanumeric Sender ID (where available).
So it looks like the only option is to do it is via Fongo. It's only $10 for 6 months (or $2.79 for a month), I'd just recommend going that route.
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I see, Fongo seems to be the only option for my real number.
For unofficial business I already text from my US Google Voice number or preferrably WhatsApp with everybody that has it.
Thank you guys!
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Emerson717 wrote:
Nov 20th, 2018 1:51 pm
I see, Fongo seems to be the only option for my real number.
For unofficial business I already text from my US Google Voice number or preferrably WhatsApp with everybody that has it.
Thank you guys!
Yeah, it seems that the only way to send SMS from a number (without having mad hax0r skillz) is directly from whatever service "owns" (for lack of a better word) the number.
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