Toll-Free number messaging restrictions


Unverified Toll-Free Number


When you sign up for TextIn or install TextIn from a partner platform, Colligso assigns a  text-enabled Toll-Free number (TFN) to your account. You can find that number by following the steps described in Where can I find my SMS number? This number is treated as unverified.


An unverified Toll-Free number indeed allows your account to send and receive messages, but for low frequency campaigns such as mobile opt-in and order notifications. It is not suitable for campaigns where you would send a text (or picture) message to 100s of customers. Unverified toll-free number is subject to message blocking as described below. 


Message Limits

Effective October 1 2022, all unverified Toll-Free numbers have been subject to message blocking. 



Unverified Toll-Free numbers may route messaging traffic to the US, but under volume threshold limits.

  • A SMS text message consists of one or more message segment, each message segment is up to 160-characters without emoji.


  • Unverified number messages exceeding these limits are blocked and not delivered, whichever comes sooner.
    • Daily Limit: 2,000 messages per day. A day resets at 12:00 AM Pacific.
    • Weekly Limit: 12,000 messages per week. A week resets on Sunday at 12:00 AM Pacific.
    • Monthly Limit: 25,000 messages per month. A month refers to a calendar month.
  • All unverified number messages, regardless of being successfully sent or not, count toward the daily, weekly and monthly volume limits if they are processed through the network.
    • If you send 25,000 messages on the first day of the month, the first 2,000 are delivered, the remaining 23,000 will be blocked and you have met your monthly maximum.
  • Message thresholds are subject to change.



Only Verified Toll-Free numbers will be able to route messaging traffic to Canada.  

  • If an unverified Toll-Free number sends a message to terminate on a Canadian carrier, it will be blocked. Please fill out Business Verification form to get the number verified.


Feature Restrictions

  • Picture messaging (MMS) is also not be available on a toll-free number (verified or unverified). 


Cost of message blocking

If your messages are blocked, your quota from the plan would still be used and charges for attempted delivery would still be applied since our downstream partners apply corresponding charges to Colligso.


Take Action


If your business is in the US and you do not expect that you would reach limits mentioned above, you may be ok provided you are using the text-based engagement to get customer opt-in or to notify them of orders, etc. If you want to blast text messages to all your customers or you are based in Canada, we strongly RECOMMEND taking either of the following actions.


Verify Business


Get your business verified for text messaging over toll-free number. This process is manual and takes anywhere from hours to weeks. We RECOMMEND switching to the 10DLC sanctioned route instead.


>>> Fill out Business Verification form to get the number verified. 




Switch to 10DLC 

  • If you want to send bulk text (SMS) messages, you should switch to 10DLC number to ensure messages are not limited, or blocked. 
  • If you want to use picture messaging (MMS) feature, this feature is only available on a 10DLC number.
  • If you are in Canada and want to engage with customers using text (SMS/ MMS) messaging, you would need a sanctions 10DLC number.


>>> Switch to 10-digit local code (10DLC) sanctioned route.


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