South Africa: SMS Features and Restrictions

South Africa is an extremely complex SMS market and numerous filters are in place. A large amount of messages are being blocked and so Nexmo uses a direct connection along with adaptive routing to get around this heavy filtering and ensure messages are delivered.


Sender ID:

Sender ID is changed to a local South African number in order to ensure delivery.


Adult content:

No Adult content is allowed.

Political content:

No Political content is allowed.

Religious content:

No religious content is allowed.


Unicode is supported.

Concatenated messages:

Concatenated messages are supported.

Other features/restrictions of note:

Delivery Receipts:
Handset delivery receipts are supported.


Global SMS Features Overview (Outbound only)

Global SMS Numbers Features Overview 

Virtual Numbers
Local Reach - Yes (except 8ta/telcom mobile)

2-Way Reach Limitation 

Due to local agreements, to receive SMS on your long virtual number, you will first need to send to the recipient from the long virtual number. This is a one-for-one system only. You will not be able to receive SMS from numbers you have not sent to, and they will be dropped by the local network.

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