What does the status mean next to your SMS Campaigns?

Learn more about SMS Campaign statuses and possible reasons for campaign delays.

Introduction to SMS Message Sending

To understand the SMS campaign statuses first, it is good to learn how the SMS messages are being sent to your subscribers in practice, as they go through a handful of companies before reaching the customer. Find a simplified explanation below about these steps:

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Simplified chart of how an SMS/MMS message reaches the customer. Please note that all of this usually happens in 1-2 seconds!


Once you activate a message within Recart, it is sent to an aggregator.

Aggregators are companies that send out SMS messages at mass, like billions of messages. In the case of toll-free numbers - what Recart is using to send SMS messages - the aggregator will send the message to an exclusive aggregator. Aggregators can't send the messages directly to the carriers - because they don't know which numbers are operated by which carrier.

That's when a registrar company comes in. Registrars will be able to channel the message to the right Carrier. Carriers, such as AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile will use spam filters to determine if the message is aligned with the spam rules and local laws.

The spam filter is the last step before the message gets delivered to the subscriber.

Campaign statuses

Next to each Campaign, a status is displayed. We can display different statuses based on the actual state of the given message.

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The campaign has been saved but has not yet been activated. You can still edit the message at this status.


The Campaign has been scheduled, and we will attempt to send it out on that specified date and time.


Recart processes all the campaign messages, meaning we may schedule the messages to be sent out in the future or send them immediately.

When the campaign is in processing, Recart is:

  • going through the subscribers, checking if we can send them messages or not
  • scheduling those that are in Quiet Hours and discarding the ones that are affected by Smart Sending
  • waiting for the subscriber’s timezone to align with the chosen schedule of the campaign

In this status, the Campaign flows are locked from editing because messages are actively being sent out while Recart continues processing the remaining subscribers.

Note: The status will only change to sending once all of the subscribers have been processed. In some cases, the sending status is skipped and the campaign moves straight to sent.


Campaigns enter the sending status once all of the subscribers have been processed and Recart is ready to transmit the messages to the providers.


All messages suitable for sending have been queued and will be forwarded. This status does not mean all messages have been delivered yet, but from now on we are only waiting for our aggregator to send the messages.


There are several reasons for a campaign flow failure, such as:

  • your site is inactive, and there is no SMS subscription available
  • you have reached the sending limit during a trial period
  • your site does not have a subdomain set

If your campaigns show as failed, please reach out to your customer success representative or support@recart.com for assistance


If you notice an error in your campaign that is being sent out and would like to cancel it, please reach out to your customer success representative or support@recart.com.

Our team can manually cancel this campaign for you.

🚨 Once a campaign is canceled it cannot be edited or reactivated. You will need to duplicate it to fix the error and reschedule it.

Important: Canceling active campaigns

Campaigns can only be canceled from Scheduled, Processing, and Sending statuses.

  • Canceling a Scheduled campaign will make the campaign a draft again.
  • Other statuses will become Canceled.

Once a Campaign enters the Processing or Sending status, certain messages will have already been sent to subscribers and cannot be retrieved.

However, it is still feasible to halt the rest of the sending process.

We will make an effort to cancel the majority of unsent messages in the Campaign's Sending status.

🔥 Once the status changes to Sent, it becomes impossible to prevent the delivery of any messages, including both the initial message and all follow-up messages, within the campaign.

Delays in message delivery

You may see the Sent status next to your campaign, but you have not received the message yet even though your number is on the subscribers list and was targeted.

Based on our metrics, on average we send the message to the aggregator within 0.5s. Once this happens we no longer have any effect on the timing of the delivery.

  • One reason for the delay can be heavy network traffic on the carrier’s end.
  • Another reason for the delay can be an issue on the aggregator’s end. You can check our aggregator’s status page to be up to date about delays.

If the message status is Sent but never gets delivered, it most probably got filtered by spam filters. To avoid increasing spam rates, please check how to be compliant in the SMS compliance article.


In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Customer Support team, we are happy to help. 😊