What is an A2P 10DLC Campaign?

Businesses that register for the A2P 10DLC Standard Plan will be required to declare the use case for their text messages via campaign type.

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Written by Ellen Sluder
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A campaign is a use case for sending text messages over A2P.

Think about the text messages you currently receive from businesses. They range from verification codes to appointment reminders to promotional coupons to personalized communications. Each of these use cases should be classified as a different campaign.

Indicating what type of campaign you are registering gives information to the mobile carriers about the content of your messages. Registering campaigns will help the carriers identify your communications as legitimate and impact how they are handled.

Unregistered messages are expected to fail. They also will incur higher per-message fees and are expected to be the most scrutinized when it comes to TCPA violations.

Types of A2P Standard Plan Campaigns

Low Volume Plans will have access to one type of campaign through smrtPhone: Mixed Use (templated and conversational)

In addition to the LVSB Plan campaign type, there are 11 types of Standard Plan campaigns, plus several Special Use types.

The nature of your business will affect which campaign types you are allowed to choose. For example, if you are a for-profit commercial store, you will not be able to create Education campaigns or Charity campaigns. The information entered for your Trust Center Business Profile will impact the campaigns that are available to you.

The Standard Campaign Types:

Campaign use case



Any authentication or account verification such as OTP

Account Notifications

Notifications about the status of an account or related to being a part of an account

Customer Care

Support, account management, and other avenues of customer interaction

Delivery Notifications

Information about the status of a delivery

Fraud Alert Messaging

Messaging about a potentially fraudulent activity such as spending alerts

Higher Education

Message campaigns from colleges, universities, and other educational institutions


Promotional content such as sales and limited-time offers

Mixed Use

A campaign that covers multiple use cases such as Customer Care and Delivery Notifications. Note - mixed campaigns are likely to have lower throughput and a higher cost per message.

Polling and voting

For conducting polling and voting, such as customer surveys. Not for political use.

Public Service Announcement

PSAs to raise audience awareness about a given topic

Security Alert

Notification of a compromised system (software or hardware related)

We anticipate that most of our clients will fall under Marketing or Mixed Use.

There are two other types of A2P10DLC messages - Special Use cases and Unregistered.

Special Use cases - These are use cases that may qualify for increased throughput and/or reduced fees compared to Standard Use:

  • Franchise - one brand, but local locations are operated semi-independently

  • Charity fundraising or providing non-profit services

  • K-12 Education messages for schools and distance learning centers.

  • Low volume mixed-use - under 6000 messages per day (2000 messages a day to T-Mobile.)

  • Emergency notifications for public safety/health

  • Political campaigns

  • Proxy - personalized messages that are person-to-person for the sake of doing business (for example, Uber driver communicating with a client for pickup).

  • Social - communication between public figures/influences and their fanbase/communities.

  • Sweepstakes - gambling, and contest messaging

Unregistered Messages - Any messages that have not stated the use for their content. These are considered high-risk providers or unregistered traffic and these messages are expected to fail. They will leave the smrtPhone system looking as if they have been sent, but the mobile carriers will filter them out. The carriers are considering penalties and fines for businesses that attempt to skirt the business texting guidelines by sending unregistered messages.

Note: This will also apply to messages sent over unverified Toll-Free numbers. If you would like to verify your Toll-free number, please contact our Support team for help.

How does a Campaign registration look like?

Registering a new A2P 10DLC Campaign takes some easy steps, mainly completing a form containing:

  • Basic Details - Choose a Use Case and describe in a few words the type of text messages you intend to send

  • Opt-In and Consent Management - Give your receivers the possibility to opt-out

  • Message Sample - Type in a template message of the texts you intend to send in the campaign

  • Preview and Submit

Please keep in mind that registration is a whole process that requires time. To this processing time, up to 10 more days will be added for phone number registration as well.

Read here why this is important: Keep your messages compliant

How an A2P 10DLC Campaign looks after approval

Once your campaign has been approved, you can see the details you set within, the Friendly name associated, its type, and other useful information.

These details are also available for the campaign having In Progress or Failed status.

How will campaigns impact your business?

Once you are registered, the biggest impact on your business will be the fees associated with using A2P channels.

Fees for registering a campaign and for each SMS message will vary amongst campaigns. These charges are in addition to standard text messaging charges and are set by the main mobile carriers, not by smrtPhone.

Messages transmitted without a registered campaign will be charged more than ones from registered campaigns, and they will also be filtered heavily.

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