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txtNation is soon launching enhanced features to its Mobile Number Lookup service, providing more precise Mobile Number Portability (MNP) information and more in-depth lookup queries and outputs.
The MNP market is constantly moving so keeping up with this is no easy task. Over 2.3 billion numbers worldwide now have the potential to be ported and with India and China implementing soon, this figure could grow by another 50%.
txtNation is releasing these new MNP services with several new routes being added to cater for the growing demand and changeability in local network porting. This includes multiple routing options per destination to enable far greater testing for clients.
Improvements to txtNation’s HLR
The heavily updated HLR options from txtNation includes more data sources, including localised data checking to provide the best possible information available in real-time. This latest release also includes updated coverage into more networks globally, with pinpoint accuracy.
This news comes as txtNation grows its messaging services and a recent release of messaging into MytxtNation. On top of these features is the ability to select multiple routes per market on request, giving more customisation and testing options.
Using txtNation Advanced HLR for successful Number Portability Checking
For many years, txtNation has provided a high quality, real time number lookup service to clients all over the world. The approved real time lookup service is the most effective solution to access the information you need. txtNation’s global number look-up service has recently been upgraded to provide access to accurate information, even faster than before.
2 Main Options
txtNation extends Number Portability Lookup, and Real Time Lookup (RTLU)
|Feature||Output||HLR Lookup||Real Time Look Up|
|Database scrub||Error notification||Yes||Yes|
|MNP status, Billing & Routing||MCC + MNC||Yes||Yes|
|Location||Country, Roaming flag||No||Yes|
|Subscriber Information||Portability flag||No||Yes|
|Original network status||Number range identity||No||Yes|
txtNation’s COO, Ashley Cross, commented “The latest HLR updates are a direct result of the requirements of several of our clients’ expansion with Number Lookup. Localised Number Lookup and our experience in bringing HLR to service providers over many years has made us a trusted provider. Our worldwide tier-one, network quality platform, gives our clients access to high quality, local results.”
The enhanced number look up service will be available later this month. Existing clients who wish to access number look-up services will need to contact their Account Manager about getting the right credit.
Developers, jump straight in - see our HLR API.
A Mobile Number Lookup allows you to find out information about a mobile number, including the customer’s location and mobile network. This is performed by a Home Location Register (HLR) lookup.
With a Number Lookup you can save money in many areas of mobile marketing and m-commerce. We look at three specific ways of saving money with a Mobile Number Lookup:
We will be announcing updates to our mobile number lookup solution next week.
Many online dating communities and social media services have run into issues surround fake accounts. As these fake accounts are created on their websites, it damages the credibility and cuts retention rates. This can also be a method of distributing malware to users’ phones and computers.
According to a 2012 report, 1 in 10 online dating profiles are scams, highlighting the extent of the issue.
Dating and social sites risk losing the confidence of their customers unless this problem is tackled. This is where SMS can come in as a valuable tool. To cut down on fake accounts, you can enable your users to enter their mobile number, receive a PIN (aka. OTP One time password) and enter it to verify, therefore, associating their mobile number with their account.
If all accounts need to have a mobile number associated, this reduces the ability to create multiple usernames.
This solution can work for free dating sites, using the above flow, but also for paid dating sites. By using a Premium SMS to charge users directly to their phone bill or pre-paid credit, this offers a simple and easy payment solution as well as a preventative measure against fake profiles.
To add a further level of validation to this process you can add HLR Lookup to aid verification for OTP / PIN’s.
Users are very aware of the problem, so with a secure prevention tool like SMS, you can not only prevent issues, but also boost consumer trust.
If you would like to discuss ways in which SMS can be used to combat fake account creation, please contact us.
Using OTP (PIN) to enable access to services and features is a common practice. OTP (PIN) with SMS refers the delivery of One-Time Passwords to customers mobile phones. This model enhances previous flows and enables it to become more secure, flexible, cost efficient and user-friendly.
Recent statistics show that up to a staggering 20% of PINs are not delivered successfully to users’ mobile phones, with close to 50% of PINs not arriving at their destination due to invalid MSISDNs provided by the mobile phone subscriber at entry.
On top of this, over 10% of PINs failed to be delivered due to inaccurate entry, technical issues and such like. These are startling statistic, so we’re discussing what can be done.
You can avoid the issues highlighted above by introducing HLR Discovery Lookup. This will enable you to verify and validate all your numbers more efficiently and reduce the chance of sending PINs to invalid or inaccurate mobile numbers.
To combat these technical difficulties you can use HLR Number Lookup to verify where the mobile subscribers are located and check their MSISDN in real-time, before sending them a PIN.
Advantages of OTP (PIN) using SMS:
Read more - Get the best results from SMS Marketing
Take a look at our previous Webinar, using HLR Number Lookup for Mobile Marketing.