The costs of One-Time Passwords (OTP)
August 5, 2022 · Iqbal Abdullah
There are costs to pay when you send your One Time Passwords (OTP) to be verified by your clients and customers.
A big portion of those costs goes towards the communications provider or the carriers that you’re sending to.
Costs Widely Vary
Depending on which route and which country you’re trying to send your OTP to, the costs vary widely.
It is very much true that you will get the quality that you pay for.
Nearly all the time, if you’re paying a very cheap price to send out SMS or make calls, it’s likely that most of these will not reach their intended recipient.
Most Expensive Countries for SMS
Currently, these are the top 10 most expensive countries to send SMS messages to:
- Russia 🇷🇺
- Uzbekistan 🇺🇿
- Azerbaijan 🇦🇿
- Pakistan 🇵🇰
- Syria 🇸🇾
- Tajikistan 🇹🇯
- Indonesia 🇮🇩
- Belarus 🇧🇾
- Bangladesh 🇧🇩
- Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
The unit price per SMS is heavily linked to exclusivity. If there is an exclusive gateway keeper in a country, the price per SMS is most probably going to be more expensive compared to other countries.
Most Expensive Territories for a Mobile Phone Call
- Falkland Islands 🇫🇰
- Kiribati 🇰🇮
- Cook Islands 🇨🇰
- Tonga 🇹🇴
- Samoa 🇼🇸
- Albania 🇦🇱
- Vanuatu 🇻🇺
- Solomon Islands 🇸🇧
- Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬
- Seychelles 🇸🇨
In the case of calls, pricing is linked to the infrastructure needed within a certain place.
As you can see from the list above, the most expensive places are mostly islands or groups of islands.
How To Skip Price-Checking
Understanding which providers gives you a good balance of pricing and quality is a never-ending endeavor that requires some patience and a good deal of experience.
This was one of the main points we had in mind while developing GetOTP: to make it easy for our customers by partnering with multiple communications provider and choosing the best way to deliver your call or SMS OTP.
This is how we developed GetOPT to operate:
- Since we only send transactional OTP traffic, we pre-register our traffic and are given preferential treatment in terms of delivery
- We monitor the costs on your behalf and make sure there are no surprise surges in price
- Through the volume of traffic, we standardized all costs to any network in the world so that you only see a single monthly price regardless of which network or country you’re trying to send to, giving you stability and peace of mind
- We monitor deliverability and make sure your OTPs are delivered
- We take away the complexity of creating, sending, and verifying your OTP through beautiful user interfaces.
Price checking can work against you since the amount of time spent in researching and monitoring can actually be bigger than the discount you end up with.
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