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US custom phone number registration- FAQ

Setting up a custom phone number in the US requires information about your business

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Written by James Dixon
Updated over a week ago

To create a custom number with your preferred area code Spectora uses a third-party service called Twilio. This service ensures your custom number is properly set up, maintained, and compliant with mobile carrier requirements. βœ…

Want to know why a custom number is necessary? Start here.

Curious about how to send messages? Start here.

What information is required to register a custom number? πŸ“ƒ

For US customers, Twilio requires your business's federal Tax ID (EIN), business name, business type (LLC, LLP, etc.), and your business's physical address. They also require an authorized user's first name, last name, title, email address, and phone number.

You will be asked to provide and confirm this information on a form page the first time you set up a number. When information is available Spectora will pre-populate the form to save you time.
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β€‹πŸ”—Phone Number Registration Form

Why does Twilio need this information?❔

Due to changes in industry standards and mobile carrier requirements custom phone numbers must be registered with this identifying information. As of September 27, 2022, Twilio updated its service requirements to comply with these changes.

Per their privacy policy, Twilio respects the confidentiality of your personal information and does not "sell your personal information, or the personal information of your end users".

What if I don't file my taxes with an EIN (Sole Proprietor)? 🏦

On September 27, 2022, Twilio announced that they were ending the sole proprietorship offering and are requiring an EIN for business validation based on industry and mobile carrier demands.
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As of November 2022, Twilio does not currently offer a way to register custom numbers with an SSN (No EIN). Here's a flow chart from their documentation on this. They have not specified when the No EIN offering will be available.

The good news is, according to IRS resources you can request an EIN and not use it for "IRS purposes." For example, some businesses may use it to register for a business bank account.

"An EIN identifies tax returns filed with the IRS and, as a business owner, you may be required to get an EIN.

You will need an EIN if you pay wages, have a self-employed retirement plan, operate your business as a partnership or corporation, or if you're required to file any of these tax-returns: employment, excise, fiduciary, or alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

Your type of business may not be required to attain an EIN, but you may need an EIN for dealing with other businesses, including banks, that require an EIN to set up business accounts.

The IRS will give you an EIN even if you don't need it for IRS purposes.

The fastest and easiest way to get an EIN is online.

Just go to www.irs.gov and type in the keyword EIN."

What if I can't provide the required information? ❌

If you are unable to provide this information we are unable to register your company for a custom phone number.
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All your text messages will originate from Spectora's default phone number. We'll try our best to route responses to you but this won't work if your recipient works with multiple Spectora inspectors. Users of Spectora's default number are unable to customize text message templates.

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