Why does my India Sender ID have extra letters in front of it?


Why does my India Sender ID have extra letters in front of it?

Applies To

  • India
  • Sender ID
  • SMS


Sender IDs in India may be prefixed with additional letters to identify who delivered it and through which gateway.

The following is a 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 means 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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