Phone Number Types

Ytel offers a variety of different phone numbers, which can be utilized for voice, SMS or both. Price varies based on the type of phone number. Below provides more details on the different number types available.

Local Numbers

Local Telephone Numbers follow the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). Numbers are split up by region and help provide insight to where the telephone number originated from. Smaller businesses and customers who prefer a more "local touch" will typically use Local Numbers instead of Toll Free numbers.

All of Ytel's Local Numbers are SMS enabled and have the ability to send and receive text messages. Some of our Local Numbers are also MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) enabled, which allows for pictures to be send via Text Message.

ComponentNameNumber Ranges
NPANumbering Plan Area CodeAllowed ranges: 2 - 9 for first digit and 0 - 9 allowed for second and third digits.
NXXExchange CodeAllowed ranges 2 - 9 for first digit and 0 - 9 for second and third digits.
XXXXLine Number or Subscriber NumberAllowed ranges 0 - 9 for all 4 digits.

Toll Free Numbers

Toll Free numbers are free of charge for the calling party and are typically used by businesses who take on the cost of the calls for their users. Toll Free numbers typically follow a pattern of +1 8XX XXX XXXX. Currently Toll Free numbers include the following:

  • 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877, 888

Ytel's Toll Free numbers are also SMS enabled and have the ability to send and receive text messages to and from their customers. Currently Ytel offers Toll Free numbers for the United States and Canada.

Short Codes

Short Codes are 5 - 6 digit numbers that are used to send MMS or SMS to wireless handsets. Due to the shorter length, they are often easier to remember and are primarily used by businesses to send Text Messages in bulk using an application (See this Article for more details on A2P vs. P2P).

Common use cases typically include sending out 2 factor authorization codes or notifications. In order to obtain a Short Code, there is an approval process. Please see the following Article for more information.

Non-Ytel Numbers

It is possible to use a non-Ytel number as a Caller ID when making voice calls. For more details please see the Adding a Verified Phone Number or Caller ID with Ytel Article.