How much does a short code cost?

The total cost to you for a short code is the same whether you lease your short code through Twilio or independently. If you lease your short code through Twilio, the total cost will include:

  1. The cost of your short code lease. See the chart below for types of leases.
  2. $1,500 quarterly service fee. This covers carrier fees, application processing, and maintenance of your Twilio short code.

If you lease your short code independently from Twilio, you will only be charged the service fee.

Short Codes purchased on an annual basis (12 month cycle) will receive one month free. Reach out to your Account Manager for more information.

Short Code TypeQuarterly CostAnnual Cost
US Random$3,000$11,000
US Vanity$4,500$16,500
US Customer Leased$1,500$5,500
Canada$3,000$11,000
Canada Customer Leased$1,500$5,500
UK$5,000$16,500

• MMS capabilities can be added to any US short code for a one-time fee of $500.

• Nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a discount on the short code lease cost. For more information and eligibility requirements, please get in touch.

Short Code TypeMessaging Cost
USSMS: 1 cent outbound, 0.5 cent inbound
MMS: 2 cents outbound, 1 cent inbound
CanadaSMS: 1 cent outbound, 0.5 cent inbound
UKSMS: 4 cents outbound, 0.75 cent inbound

For an explanation of how Twilio bills for short codes, please see here.

For information on volume pricing for US short codes, please see here.