How much does it cost to send a message with more than 160 characters?

As part of the SMPP specifications, when we receive a request that includes more than 160 characters we must split up the messages in order to send them. They will then be reassembled into a single message on most handsets.

Twilio will bill per message, not per request. For example, if you send a message with 200 characters to a US mobile number, you are charged for $0.0075*2= $0.015.

Please note that messages with one or more non-GSM characters have to be sent using UCS-2 encoding and are charged per 70-character chunk. Therefore, sending a message with 200 characters that includes a non-GSM character would cost you $0.0075*3= $0.0225

See our FAQ article on non-GSM for more information.