Dec 14, 2023
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Send OTP to a Mobile Number Online

Product Manager at Message Central
Send OTP SMS to a mobile number online

Key Takeaways

  1. OTP SMS at scale are facilitated by OTP service providers like Verify Now by Message Central
  2. With Verify Now, you can easily signup with a 2 step process and start sending OTP SMS without the need of any DLT registration
  3. You can also test the OTP SMS verification for free with Verify Now
  4. Once you signup, you can use the OTP SMS APIs and integrate to start sending OTPs. The process is generation, delivery and verification
  5. You can easily topup credits to keep using OTP SMS services

In order to send an OTP to any mobile number online, you’d need an OTP service provider. As far as India is concerned, in order to send SMS, businesses have to get DLT registration.  

Although, with Verify Now by Message Central, you can bypass DLT registration and directly start sending OTP SMS.  You can also test the SMS verification service for free from the website - Free SMS verification.

Here are the steps you can take to directly start using OTP SMS APIs or enable SMS verification with  Verify Now.

1) Easy 2 step signup as shown below.

2) After signing up, you can go to ‘getting started’ and test the OTP by sending it to a number.

3) Once you have sent an OTP to a mobile number, you’d receive it in less than 5 seconds. You can enter the same OTP as highlighted below.

4) Once you have done that, you’ll see the verification status if you have entered the OTP correctly.

5) You can test and access our APIs in the tab – ‘Developer Docs’.

6) After testing, you can start sending OTPs in any volume. You can top up credits as shown below.

How OTPs Work

  1. Generation: The process starts when a user attempts to access a service that requires authentication. The service generates an OTP, often using algorithms that ensure randomness and unpredictability.
  1. Delivery: The OTP is then sent to the user's registered mobile number through an SMS gateway or a voice call system.
  1. Verification: The user enters the received OTP into the service's interface. The service verifies if the entered OTP matches the one sent, granting access upon a successful match.

Technologies Behind OTPs

  1. SMS Gateways: These are services that enable the sending of text messages to mobile phones. They are widely used for OTP delivery due to their simplicity and high reach.
  1. Voice Call Systems: In situations where SMS might not be reliable, voice calls are used to deliver OTPs. An automated call reads out the OTP to the user.
  1. Token-based OTPs: Some services use hardware or software tokens to generate OTPs. These tokens can be physical devices or mobile apps.
  1. Algorithms: Algorithms like Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP) and HMAC-based One-Time Password (HOTP) are commonly used for generating OTPs. They ensure that each OTP is unique and valid only for a short period.
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