India Pre-registered Sender ID Prefixes


  • Why does my Sender ID have extra letters in front of it?
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Sender IDs in India may be prefixed with additional letters to identify who delivered it and through which gateway.

The following are the list of SMS prefixes used in India and their explanation:

Service Provider  Code
Aircel, Dishnet Wireless  D
Airtel  A
BPL Mobile/Loop Telecom  L
Datacom Solutions  C
HFCL Infotel  H
Idea Cellular  I
Reliance Communications  R
Reliance Telecom  E
S tel  S
Shyam Telecom  Y
Spice Telecom  P
Swan Telecom  W
Tata Teleservices  T
Unitech  U
Vodafone  V

State Codes that signify the SMS Gateway Origin:

Service Circle  Code
Andhra Pradesh  A
Assam  S
Bihar  B
Delhi  D
Gujarat  G
Haryana  H
Himachal Pradesh  I
Jammu & Kashmir  J
Karnataka  X
Kerala  L
Kolkata  K
Madhya Pradesh  Y
Maharashtra  Z
Mumbai  M
North East  N
Orissa  O
Punjab  P
Rajasthan  R
Tamil Nadu  T
UP-East  E
UP-West  W
West Bengal  V

So if the Sender ID is received as VD-NEXSMS, this will mean the carrier delivering was Vodafone, and the region was Delhi.

Virtual Numbers
Local Reach - Yes
International Reach - No
SMS only - Yes
Voice only - No
SMS & Voice - No
Available via API - No

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