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Short Message Service:Terms

Last Updated:May 24, 2022

This topic describes the terms of Alibaba Cloud Short Message Service (SMS).

Term

Description

Short Message Service

Short Message Service (SMS) is a messaging service provided by Alibaba Cloud. SMS allows you to call API operations and SDKs or use the SMS console to send messages to recipients in more than 200 countries and regions.

verification code

Verification codes are typically used in scenarios where the identity of the recipient needs to be verified, such as in app or website registration, two-factor authentication, password reset, payment verification, identity verification, and account binding. Verification codes can be sent in multiple languages.

notification

Notifications are typically used in scenarios where you want to notify the recipient about important information, such as global notifications of orders, payments, delivery information, meetings, policies of public service sectors, and lifestyle services.

promotional message

Promotional messages are typically used in scenarios where you want to raise awareness about your products, such as new product advertising, member care, product promotion, event invitation, and cross-border marketing.

message template

A message template is used to specify the body of a message. Templates can contain variables. You can create templates for verification codes and notifications. If you want to send messages to the Chinese mainland, you must first submit your message template for approval. You can use message templates to create verification codes, notifications, and promotional messages.

signature

SMS provides easy-to-use signatures. When you send a message, SMS attaches a signature to the message based on your settings, and then sends the message to the specified phone numbers. If you need to send messages to the Chinese mainland, you must first submit your signature for approval.

sender ID

For countries and regions that support dynamic sender IDs, you can register a sender ID. For countries and regions that do not support dynamic sender IDs, SMS assigns a default sender ID to you.