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Virtual Mobile Numbers

Virtual mobile numbers (also known as online SMS numbers or bulk SMS numbers) look like local Australian mobile numbers but are used by businesses to send text messages as though they were using a mobile phone.
Virtual Mobile Numbers

Shared vs Dedicated Virtual Numbers

There are two main types of virtual Australian mobile numbers: shared and dedicated. Shared numbers are free for businesses to use while dedicated numbers can be leased for a monthly fee.

Dedicated numbers options in Australia include standard, callable, and gold numbers. They are one of the most important elements of business SMS.

Numbers Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated
Sample Format
  • 04xx xxx 123

  • 04xx xxx 456

  • 04xx xxx 789

  • 0467 528 788

  • 02 xxxx xxxx or

  • 04xx xxx xxx

  • 0459 333 444


  • Verification

  • Confirmations

  • Testing

  • Internal platform alerts or internal comms

  • Marketing

  • Sales

  • NTP

  • Recruitment

  • Donations, and any highly competitive industry

Unique campaigns or high volume 2-way SMS, where customers can both call and text

Establishing a highly reputable mobile brand presence and excellent customer service

  • Free to use

  • Low-cost dedicated option

  • Unlimited keywords

  • Number Consistency & Exclusivity

  • Receive SMS capability

  • Receive calls + SMS

  • Forward to any number

  • Landline or mobile

  • Unlimited keywords

  • Large selection of easy to remember numbers

  • Unlimited keywords

  • No number consistency

  • It may be seen as spam

  • High risk of sharing numbers with competitors

  • Limited keywords

  • Low selection of standard dedicated numbers

  • Standard numbers are not as easy to remember when compared to gold or callable numbers

  • High pricing

  • Longer set-up time

  • High pricing

  • Lease rates start at $149/month

How to Lease a Dedicated Virtual Number

While all Burst SMS accounts come with free shared virtual SMS numbers, you may want to lease a standard dedicated number for brand consistency. Simply log in to our web SMS platform, choose from the list of available dedicated numbers, click activate, and start sending. For callable or dedicated virtual numbers, get in touch with us.
Log-in icon
Log into your existing Burst SMS account or sign up for a trial. Make sure that you have a credit card on file.
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Select your number
On the Numbers page, select your desired virtual Australian mobile number from a list of available options, and click activate to lease.
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Start sending
In a matter of seconds, your dedicated virtual number is ready for your next bulk SMS campaign.

Benefits of Dedicated Virtual Numbers

No Contracts & Instant Setup
Lease your business virtual number instantly and for as long as you need it. The shortest commitment is one month, and payments are charged month to month. Cancel whenever you want.
Reputable Numbers
All virtual SMS numbers we provide have gone through a screening process to ensure quality.
Brand Consistency
Dedicated virtual numbers help businesses establish a strong mobile presence. Customers can easily recognise and trust SMS campaigns that come from the same number.
Unlimited Keywords
SMS keywords can be used as a simple tool to allow people to opt-in to your lists, trigger automatic SMS replies, and more.
Inbound SMS
Easily start a conversation with your customers and receive free replies for all virtual numbers to process opt-outs, forward messages to email, automate responses, and more.
High Throughput
Send with the highest throughput with our intelligent routing, load balancing, and queue prioritisation.

Why Burst SMS

100% SMS Delivery to Carrier Guarantee
All messages are sent through direct ON-NET connections to Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone
Enterprise security
We are Australia’s first bulk messaging provider to be ISO 27001 certified and offer full Australian Data Sovereignty
No contracts
Our bulk SMS service is prepaid. No need to worry about monthly contracts or commitments
Virtual Mobile Numbers
Get access to high-quality bulk SMS numbers to maintain brand consistency and recognition
From our flexible SMS API and integrations to email to SMS and quick SMS, see why 35,000+ businesses choose burst for SMS advertising
24/7 x 365 Support
Get world-class support around the clock. Our team of messaging experts are here to help

Virtual Number Use Cases

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Bulk SMS Marketing
Increase brand loyalty, optimise your customer experience, and improve your bottom line with bulk SMS marketing.
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Meeting and Billing Reminders
Prevent the loss of productivity and revenue with SMS reminders. A quick reminder can help prevent no-shows and get invoices settled on time.
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E-commerce and Retail SMS
Improve your e-commerce business with text messaging. Directly reach your customers on their phones with promotions, retargeting, order notifications, and more.
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Customer Service
Enhance your customer service experience by adding SMS into the mix. Texting gives your customers the convenience of asking short questions, which they can get quick answers to.

Lease a virtual number and start building
brand consistency trust & loyalty familiarity

See how easy it is to implement virtual mobile numbers into your business with a 14-day trial. Get access to our feature loaded online SMS platform with no credit card required and no obligation.