Introducing Our Ridiculously Simple Twilio SMS API

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Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our newest product: Twilio SMS.

Existing customers already know you can use Twilio to make and receive phone calls, and
now you can also send and receive text messages from your Twilio phone
numbers!  Starting today, all local Twilio phone numbers are
SMS enabled, allowing you to write SMS applications as easily as you
can write voice apps on Twilio.

 

 

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We’re
ridiculously excited about Twilio SMS.  Previously, building SMS apps
was hard… it could take months of negotiations, approvals, and
hundreds or thousands of dollars up-front and every month to get
started.  With Twilio SMS, it’s as easy as buying a Twilio phone number
from the Twilio account portal or Phone Numbers REST API for $1 / month, and immediately start receiving and sending text messages using Twilio’s SMS REST API for just 3 cents per message.  No waiting period, no contracts, no hefty up-front costs… just $1 and your imagination.

Also,
Twilio SMS is fully integrated into Twilio’s voice functionality.  Need
to send an SMS from inside a phone call?  Just drop our newest TwiML verb in there: <Sms>
and Twilio will send a text message to the caller with whatever content
you specify.

For example: <Sms>Our hours are 9-5</Sms>

Get Started with Twilio SMS

Are
you ready to explore the power of Twilio SMS? It’s
incredibly simple to start adding text messaging to your existing
Twilio applications and web applications, and we’ve got the tools to
help you get started:

Customer Story: Salesforce.com

DreamForce
2009 was the biggest Salesforce conference yet, and when Salesforce.com needed to allow
the 19,000 attendees to vote for the “Best in Show” Appy Award, they
turned to Twilio SMS.

Their app received and tallied votes from the
participants and responded in realtime with SMS confirmations.  With
Twilio SMS and the Force.com platform, Salesforce developers only
needed a few hours to build an app that scaled to
Dreamforce-proportions.

Read about how Salesforce used Twilio SMS at Dreamforce >>

Phone Number Price Reduction

We’re
also happy to announce that we are now able to lower the prices on all
Twilio phone numbers.

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Starting today, all local numbers are $1 per
month, and all toll free numbers are $2 per month.  By aggregating the
demand of many applications, we’re able to lower costs for all Twilio
customers… and now we’re excited to see what applications are enabled
by these improved phone number economics. The new pricing is
automatically applied to your Twilio account, and you’ll be charged the
new prices next time your phone numbers renew.

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In the coming weeks we will expand our blog coverage to focus on Twilio developers using our new SMS API and we would love to hear about what you are building, and feature it here.  As always, if you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at help@twilio.com with questions, comments, and blog post ideas.  We’re always listening and ready to help.

  • http://twitter.com/johnsheehan John Sheehan

    Congrats guys! This is great news. I can’t wait to get started using this!

  • http://twitter.com/johnsheehan John Sheehan

    Congrats guys! This is great news. I can’t wait to get started using this!

  • http://twitter.com/johnsheehan John Sheehan

    Congrats guys! This is great news. I can’t wait to get started using this!

  • Deece

    Any possibility of doing charge backs like carriers do? For example, I want to build an app to make it easy to collect donations for charities, like “text haiti to 90999” to make a $10 donation to Red Cross.

  • Deece

    Any possibility of doing charge backs like carriers do? For example, I want to build an app to make it easy to collect donations for charities, like “text haiti to 90999” to make a $10 donation to Red Cross.

  • Tommy

    Great – I look forward to useing it.. Oh right, you are a bunch of nationalists who won’t anybody but Americans play with this stuff.
    Go fuck yourself

  • Tommy

    Great – I look forward to useing it.. Oh right, you are a bunch of nationalists who won’t anybody but Americans play with this stuff.
    Go fuck yourself

  • Tommy

    Great – I look forward to useing it.. Oh right, you are a bunch of nationalists who won’t anybody but Americans play with this stuff.
    Go fuck yourself

  • alan

    Can you handle large bursts of activity, which might seem borderline DOS-ish? E.g. 3000 votes in 1 min. I’m not asking this question just to ask. I have a real use for this, if it’s possible.

  • alan

    Can you handle large bursts of activity, which might seem borderline DOS-ish? E.g. 3000 votes in 1 min. I’m not asking this question just to ask. I have a real use for this, if it’s possible.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/daniellemorrill Danielle Morrill

    John – thanks!
    Re: charge backs. Definitely a popular request we’re considering, a very quick and easy way to defray the cost of the message and make money.
    Angry international guy – we’re working on it, stay tuned… and take ‘er easy.
    Re: high volume – that’s what Twilio is built for, but keep in mind that outgoing messages are rate limited to 1 message per second per phone number. There is no limit on incoming messages.
    Let us know if we can answer any more questions here in the comments, or by emailing help@twilio.com

  • http://profile.typepad.com/daniellemorrill Danielle Morrill

    John – thanks!
    Re: charge backs. Definitely a popular request we’re considering, a very quick and easy way to defray the cost of the message and make money.
    Angry international guy – we’re working on it, stay tuned… and take ‘er easy.
    Re: high volume – that’s what Twilio is built for, but keep in mind that outgoing messages are rate limited to 1 message per second per phone number. There is no limit on incoming messages.
    Let us know if we can answer any more questions here in the comments, or by emailing help@twilio.com

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a5ba2cc1970b twitter.com/cncpartners

    It’s looking very promising Danielle for our planned use case and looking forward to seeing more this week.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a5ba2cc1970b twitter.com/cncpartners

    It’s looking very promising Danielle for our planned use case and looking forward to seeing more this week.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a5ba2cc1970b twitter.com/cncpartners

    It’s looking very promising Danielle for our planned use case and looking forward to seeing more this week.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/david David Jacobs

    This looks good.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/david David Jacobs

    This looks good.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/david David Jacobs

    This looks good.

  • http://www.dataslices.com Arshad Malik

    Great

  • http://www.dataslices.com Arshad Malik

    Great

  • http://www.dataslices.com Arshad Malik

    Great

  • http://latestsms.org jignesh

    Awesome News.
    Great work.

  • http://latestsms.org jignesh

    Awesome News.
    Great work.

  • http://latestsms.org jignesh

    Awesome News.
    Great work.

  • http://www.jabbertext.com Mike Penn

    I’ve been putting together a proof of concept for http://www.JabberText.com using a trial account and so far its working very well, this seems to be exactly what we have been looking for for a long time but couldn’t find an SMS provider that had this level of service for such a reasonable price. This will allow us to expand our service offerings. Great Job!!

  • http://www.jabbertext.com Mike Penn

    I’ve been putting together a proof of concept for http://www.JabberText.com using a trial account and so far its working very well, this seems to be exactly what we have been looking for for a long time but couldn’t find an SMS provider that had this level of service for such a reasonable price. This will allow us to expand our service offerings. Great Job!!

  • http://comptuerrepairblog.com dan

    I will have to see some others in action before jumping on this one. But, the pricing is really great as compared to some others that I have been researching. Looks very promising.

  • http://comptuerrepairblog.com dan

    I will have to see some others in action before jumping on this one. But, the pricing is really great as compared to some others that I have been researching. Looks very promising.

  • http://www.ajitkumar.org Kumar

    Nice work! This is what I was looking for. Thanks.

  • http://www.ajitkumar.org Kumar

    Nice work! This is what I was looking for. Thanks.

  • http://www.ajitkumar.org Kumar

    Nice work! This is what I was looking for. Thanks.

  • http://www.smstoalert.com S K Geo

    Interesting to know about Twilio. Wondering how this can be used with web based, Wap – Push SMS services. Looking for more information on Twilio.

  • http://www.smstoalert.com S K Geo

    Interesting to know about Twilio. Wondering how this can be used with web based, Wap – Push SMS services. Looking for more information on Twilio.

  • http://www.smstoalert.com S K Geo

    Interesting to know about Twilio. Wondering how this can be used with web based, Wap – Push SMS services. Looking for more information on Twilio.

  • http://www.jigneshbapna.com Jignesh Bapna

    This was great information on Twilio.
    thanks at ton.

  • http://www.jigneshbapna.com Jignesh Bapna

    This was great information on Twilio.
    thanks at ton.

  • http://burstsms.com/sms-marketing SMS Marketing

    Do you guys work with short code? Wondering if there are any issues with people thinking shortcode sms numbers were rebill cons.. thats a big issue at the moment

  • http://burstsms.com/sms-marketing SMS Marketing

    Do you guys work with short code? Wondering if there are any issues with people thinking shortcode sms numbers were rebill cons.. thats a big issue at the moment

  • http://burstsms.com/sms-marketing SMS Marketing

    Do you guys work with short code? Wondering if there are any issues with people thinking shortcode sms numbers were rebill cons.. thats a big issue at the moment

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