I have to test my application with some remote numbers (e.g. South African). What I will do is call an API which itself sends certain USSD message on the number. I want to check the behaviour of the mobile. Is any service available for such testing?
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I did such testing with my previous telecom company.
- Method 1: Search in google "receive sms online verification" you end with number of virtual number websites, select your required country.
- Method 2: If you using any specific SMS gateways then use SMPP Protocol tool provided by the SMS platform company, it show the status when SMS is delivered to customer.
- Method 3: Make few friends from that country and tell them to check your sent SMS status on their mobile.
I had a similar problem. I am based out of India and was working for a US-based client for whom I was building an SMS application. I needed to test sending and receiving SMS to/from a US phone number for the application I was building using the Vonage/Nexmo SMS API.
My problem was: how could I get access to a US sim or US phone number that I could programmatically send SMS to? I have friends in the US but I couldn't ask them to check their phones for test messages.
Google Voice is unfortunately not available in my country, so that was out of the question.
I purchased a Skype US phone number, but I wasn't able to send messages from Skype to my Vonage virtual number. This is because Skype only sends SMS to select carriers in the US such as AT&T and Verizon etc. Vonage (and many other) virtual numbers are not supported. So though I was able to send outbound messages from my app (receiving on the Skype US number), I could not test inbound messages to my virtual number (webhook testing) via Skype.
Finally I found a service that works very well for my needs: TextMagic - a web app that lets you send to and receive messages from a real US phone number that you rent. I was able to successfully use this for all my SMS testing needs. I recommend using their free trial to see if it works for you - if you need a US number for testing text messages.