Application-to-Person (A2P) messaging is a messaging system where texts go from a software application to an individual’s device. These applications by businesses and establishments are used for one-time passwords (OTPs), surveys, promotional codes, appointment reminders, pending transactions, and marketing communication.
WhatsApp Business, a business-facing variation of the highly popular over-the-top (OTT) messaging platform, also offers an A2P business model. For example, business owners can send promotional codes, reminders, etc. But unlike A2P SMS, which only supports text, this alternative allows businesses to send images to users.
Just as it transformed the P2P (Person-to-Person) messaging industry, experts are tipping WhatsApp to do the same with A2P and about 2 billion monthly active users; this does not seem to be out of its reach.
Despite all these, WhatsApp’s A2P model has not yet been fully embraced and here are some reasons why:
A2P, Old Reliable
Bonus: For businesses in Nigeria, and most of Africa, it’s way cheaper to send A2P SMS than send messages to their customers via WhatsApp.
OTT messaging (WhatsApp) may be the future, but A2P defines the present.
The WhatsApp A2P model is undoubtedly impressive, but it is unlikely to be the enterprise messaging service of choice anytime soon with these severe limitations. However, business owners looking to switch can instead combine both services, giving their users the option to receive these notifications via SMS or WhatsApp.
An example demonstrated by WhatsApp itself: During its user onboarding process, it provides the option to verify with an OTP sent via A2P SMS.
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