There are many companies offering bulk SMS services but not all of them are good, some have hidden charges. Bulk SMS services are like web hosting services, once you join,it takes time before you leave. It’s therefore important to do your own survey first before settling on a company. Below we have selected the top best bulk SMS providers in Kenya. Pick one from the list and buy their services.
- Advanta Africa Limited
Advanta Africa limited does not have hidden charges. They charge Ksh25,000 set up fee and a monthly rental fee of Ksh5,000 and above.Advanta is suitable for corporates.
Below are the charges for bulk SMS
Decidate shortcode cost implication Cost Exclusive VAT
One off set up fee Kes 25,000
Monthly Rental Fee Kes. 15,000
Shared Shortcode Cost Implication
One Off set up fee Kes. 15,000
Monthly Rental Fee Kes. 5,000
Dedicate USSD Cost Implication
One Off set up Fee Kes 150,000
Monthly Rental fee (Negotiable)
Renewal Testbed Fee Kes. 15,000
Shared USSD Cost Implication
One Off Set Up Fee Kes 20,000
Monthly Rental Fee Kes. 15,000
One off sms branding Kes. 10,000 per network. Price slightly negotiable. Our bulk sms graduated rates available on request.
Another reliable bulk SMS provider is Oramobile.The company serves big clients like Engineers Board of Kenya,Tai Sacco,Ushuru Sacco and Kenya National Commission on Human rights.
Requirements for bulk SMS srvices
Bulk SMS only requires a Sender ID registration (takes 3-5 days), setup (free) and credits (purchse later).
- Authorization letter
- They will share a template. put on your company letterhead, indicate the Alphanumeric name you want, (11 characters and below) sign, rubber stamp, scan and send back
Official company/organization details
- They will need your name, email, phone number and company name for the account set up. You can always create as many users.
- Sender ID is charged for each network you register for.
Free dashboard, training and support
They charge as little as Ksh0.40 per sMS.
- CELCOM Africa
Celcom Africa is among the best bulk SMS providers for small businesses and individuals in Kenya. I have used the company’s services and I have never been disappointed. Their SMS cost as little as Ksh 0.35 per SMS.
Below are the prices for SMS
|Bulk SMS Bundles||Price(KES)|
|500 – 4,999 bulk SMS messages||0.7|
|5,000 – 19,999 bulk SMS messages||0.6|
|20,000 – 99,999 bulk SMS messages||0.5|
|100,000 – 399,999 bulk SMS messages||0.45|
|400,000 and above||0.35|
Safaricom Sender ID (KES 7000.00)
Airtel Sender ID (KES 7000.00)
Telkom Sender ID (KES 5000.00)
From above figures it’s clear the more SMS you buy the cheaper the cost.
- SAVVY SMS
Savvy SMS is the cheapest company in Kenya. Their SMS cost as little as Ksh 0.20 per SMS.The minimum number of SMS you can buy are 1,667
Below is the cost of buying SMS from Suvvy SMS:
|Bulk SMS Bundles||Cost|
|1,667 – 100,000 bulk SMS messages||@KES 0.30|
|100,001 – 500,000 bulk SMS messages||@KES 0.25|
|500,001+ bulk SMS messages||@KES 0.20|
- Robisearch limited
Robisearch can send more than 1 million SMS per day. Their SMS cost as little as Ksh 0.8 per SMS.If you buy 100-500 SMS, they will charge you Ksh1. If you buy 5000 SMS and above, you pay Ksh 0.8 per SMS.
- SMS Leopard
SMS Leopard is among top 3 best bulk SMS companies in Kenya. I will highly recommend this company because it has the best reviews. The company’s bulk SMS prices are as follows:
0-10,000 SMS—Ksh 0.8 per SMS
50,001-100,000 SMS—Ksh 0.7 per SMS
100,001-200,000 SMS—Ksh 0.5 per SMS
500,001-999,999 SMS—Ksh 0.4 per SMS
1M SMS and above—Ksh 0.3 per SMS.
SMS Leopard serves clients in several African countries.
- Movetech SMS
Movetech SMS is also a very reliable SMS provider. They charge set up fee of Ksh 5,000.Every month, they charge Ksh5, 000 for short code in shared environment and Ksh20, 000 in a dedicated environment.
Move SMS has 4 types of plans, they include:
Base(SMS 20,000 – 100,000)—Ksh 0.65 per SMS
Economy(Price for SMS below 500,000)—Ksh 0.40 per SMS
Standard(Price for SMS below 1,000,000)—Ksh 0.3 per SMS
Premium(Price for SMS below 5,000,000)—Ksh 0.2 per SMS
You can also try WebSMS especially if you want to send high volumes of SMS.They charge as low as Ksh 0.30 per SMS.
Below are the prices for Bulk SMS at WebSMS:
Bulk SMS Prices
Bulk SMS (to any network) – Kshs 0.30 per sms (No minimum sms Volume or expiry date)
Sender ID Registration – Safaricom & Airtel —— Kshs 5,999/- each – (One time registration fee – Max Of 11 Alpha-Numeric)
Sender ID Registration -Telkom —— Kshs 3,999/-/- (One time registration fee – Max Of 11 Alpha-Numeric)
Dedicated USSD Prices
Initial Setup Fee ——————– Kshs 156,000 (One Off fee)
1 Month Deposit ——————- Kshs 68,000
Monthly Maintenance Fee — Kshs 68,000
Testbed ———————————– Kshs 35,000
Shared USSD Prices
Initial Setup Fee ——————– Kshs 35,000 (One Off fee)
1 Month Deposit ——————- Kshs 15,000
Monthly Maintenance Fee — Kshs 15,000
Short Code Prices
Dedicated Short Code Prices
Initial Setup Fee ——————– Kshs 25,400 (One Off fee)
1 Month Deposit ——————- Kshs 25,400
Monthly Maintenance Fee — Kshs 25,400
Shared Short Code
Initial Setup Fee ——————– Ksh 15,800 (One off Fee)
1 Month Deposit ——————- Kshs 15,800
Monthly Maintenance Fee — Kshs 15,800
- Stratech Office Systems
Stratech Office Systems is located in Lovingtone.It’s one of the most reliable companies offering bulk SMS services.
Bulk SMS System features
- User friendly
- Sending long messages (+160 characters)
- Rapid and reliable delivery
- Personalizing messages to recipients e.g Dear Suzanne, Thank for contacting us….
- Scheduling messages for future delivery
- Delivery Reports
- Full reporting and feedback
They charge as low as Ksh 0.3 per SMS.
- Africa’s Talking
Africa’s Talking has branches across Africa. It’s one company that offers bulk SMS solutions to corporates and individuals who can send millions of SMS per day.
Below is the pricing for Bulk SMS :
KES 0 – 19,999
KES 20,000 – 99,999
KES 100,000 – 399,999
|Safaricom||KES 0.8||KES 0.7||KES 0.6||KES 0.4|
|Airtel Kenya (Local Traffic)||KES 0.8||KES 0.8||KES 0.7||KES 0.6|
|Airtel Kenya (International Traffic)*||USD 0.056|
|Other Kenyan Telcos||KES 0.8||KES 0.8||KES 0.7||KES 0.6|