I’ve been in contact with the company that provides the UK & rest of the world SMS number regarding some SMS delivery issues and while there put another “shilling in the meter” (i.e. $20 credit) I had a look at the usage stats whilst on the website and was surprised at the usage level.
The table below lists how many inbound SMS I have received for each month so far this year
The total so far is 1923. The 1st 3 days of September have had 24 SMS so far. The cost of this is well within the $2 / month I expected and the uptime/reliability has far exceeded what I was seeing when I was using a GSM dongle connected to a computer here in the shack. Another cloud/virtualisation success story!